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Doctor insights on: Bacitracin For Burned Skin

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Dr. Harlan Amstutz
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Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

First degree?: It does not matter how the burn occurred, but the depth and magnitude of the burn. If it's a first degree burn, polysporin is fine. If it is a more severe second degree burn or a large area, best you see a doc for prescription medicine like silvadene, (silver sulfadiazine) which is better coverage for bacteria that are likely to complicate burn healing. Keep areas clean, but don't overdo it and cause more irritation. Read more

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I have been putting polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a burn for the past 3-4 days. Just realized it expired in 2007/2008. Is this in any way dangerous?

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): The outdated polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) will not hurt you and will be fine to use. Many expiration dates are not scientifically valid. Think of it as an expiration date on a bar of soap. Read more

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Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

For a second-degree: ... Burn, keep the wound clean and apply a topical antibiotic ointment (e.g., polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) bacitracin, neosporin, triple-antibiotic ointment). Also be sure to get good nutrition so that you have all the necessary building blocks for wound healing. If the wound is not healing soon (i.e., in 1 to 2 weeks), or if it seems like it is getting infected, seek formal medical attention. Read more

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We started using bacitracin already for a second degree burn with blisters. I was told to use it. Is it ok?

We started using bacitracin already for a second degree burn with blisters. I was told to use it. Is it ok?

NO!!!!!: Bacitracin does not prevent infections. Bacitracin is a common sensitizer. It is one of the most common causes of allergic reactions. Usually the reactions just cause local itch, redness, swelling, poor wound healing. A few deaths have occurred. Treat it with water irrigation and vaseline or Aquaphor. Read more

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If some very hot (almost burning) water got into my vagina during a shower, what damage or harm can it cause? Can I use Bacitracin Zinc to treat it?

Burn: You may Develop a first degree burn from very hit water. Unless you're allergic to the ingredients, you can apply Bacitracin zinc ointment or cream, but follow the directions. Read more

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During a shower today, some very hot water got into my vagina and caused some burning sensation. Can it cause cancer and can I use Bacitracin ointment?

During a shower today, some very hot water got into my vagina and caused some burning sensation. Can it cause cancer and can I use Bacitracin ointment?

No and no: I'm sorry you got a burn. You'd do well to turn the water temperature down in your shower, but the heat exposure isn't going to give you cancer. If you have a simple, visible burn, simple first aid is sufficient, otherwise simply keep the area clean. Read more

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I have 2nd degree burn on my butt & there's a open cut from a group of small blister (3"x3"). Are povidone iodine/bacitracin ointment good for it?

I have 2nd degree burn on my butt & there's a open cut from a group of small blister (3"x3"). Are povidone iodine/bacitracin ointment good for it?

They aren't bad: You'll want to watch carefully for signs of infection, there are a lot of germs in that area. Gauze covering it is probably one of the most important things. Read more

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I tried to pop a pimple with hot water and salt (epsom salt). I'm left with a rather large patch/burn on my chin. I put bacitracin on it and a bandage. Any ways to get rid of this as fast as possible?

I tried to pop a pimple with hot water and salt (epsom salt). I'm left with a rather large patch/burn on my chin. I put bacitracin on it and a bandage. Any ways to get rid of this as fast as possible?

See your doctor!: If it is a burn, you may need wound care since your face can be disfigured. More worrisome is that the burn is actually an infection or an abscess caused by bacteria such as strept or staph. If not treated, the infection can quickly get worse. The doctor can examine to determine you will need just antibiotics or additional interventions. Read more

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Got my hair relaxed yesterday & I got a quater sized ozzing burn on my ear. Tried bacitracin zinc but it really hurts and itches. How long til it heals?

Got my hair relaxed yesterday & I got a quater sized ozzing burn on my ear. Tried bacitracin zinc but it really hurts and itches. How long til it heals?

Irritant dermatitis.: I assume the hairdresser spilled some of the relaxing chemical on your ear - which gives you an idea of how strong that stuff is! Bacitracin is not going to get it done; a steroid cream, if you have one, might help somewhat, and hold a washcloth soaked in warm water to the area in the evening, perhaps while you're watching tv. If it's not markedly better in a few days, let your doctor take a look. Read more

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Is it possible for you to put bacitracin on your penis head?

Yes, but why?: Unless you have a simple abrasion or friction burn, while Bacitracin would not hurt anything, it is unlikely to help it, either. If you are worried about a lesion or other issue, then should be seen, as might be an std. Read more

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Is it safe to apply bacitracin on the head of the penis?

Is it safe to apply bacitracin on the head of the penis?

Yes: That is not a problem. The question is, why do you think it is needed. Bacterial infections to the glans penis are not common. Read more

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Can I use bacitracin topical antibiotic for a cut on my skin while taking accutane?

Can I use bacitracin topical antibiotic for a cut on my skin while taking accutane?

Yes: But Bacitracin has not been shown to be of any value on any kind of wound. In experimental studies, those using vaseline or aquaphor healed the same or better than Bacitracin when used on surgical wounds. Bacithacin is a common sensitizer. A few years ago it was named the allergen of the year. Same for neosporin and triple antibiotic. Wash the cut, then keep it lubricated. Read more

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Popped blackhead & washed then put bacitracin on it so it wouldn't scarwhite head formed I popped then raised scab formed popped clear liquidwhat2do?

Skin abscess: In teenagers, it is not uncommon to suffer from acne. This can be related to a variety of normal growth issues, and also to physical activity, hygiene, and topical products used. I would typically not encourage multiple popping of blackheads or skin abscesses. The fingers could contaminate the wound further with other bacteria and cause a worse infection. Best to use soap and water regularly. Read more

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Should I put bacitracin on dry skin on vaginal lips?

Should I put bacitracin on dry skin on vaginal lips?

Dry vaginal skin: I wouldn't use any antibiotic ointments or cream on anything that isn't actively infected. Plain white petroleum jelly is safe for all mucosal surfaces (including eyes, nose, mouth, and vagina. Read more

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Can mupirocin calcium cream 2% be substituted for Bacitracin for skin irritations due to disposable undergarments?

Can mupirocin calcium cream 2% be substituted for Bacitracin for skin irritations due to disposable undergarments?

Short term use: If you have minor skin irritation it is ok to use topical antimicrobials. However I would not recommend using it indefinitely as it may cause antibiotic resistance. It is important for you to avoid the undergarments that caused the irritation and prevent it from happening chronically. Read more