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I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

It wont help or hurt: "styes" is a layman's term for blocked oil glands in the eyelid. Most all will resolve completely with time and warm compresses. If they do not resolve in a reasonable period of time, an ophthalmologist can easily incise and drain them leading to quick resolution. This triple antibiotic should not hurt anything(if not allergic), but won't help either as these are not bacterial in origin. ...Read more

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Bacitracin zinc, neomycin sulfate, and polymyxin b sulfate can this be used in the ear?

Bacitracin zinc, neomycin sulfate, and polymyxin b sulfate can this be used in the ear?

Otitis ; Tripple ABX: No, i wouldn't use this in an ear, especially if there is any irritation causing any break in the skin. Use cortisporin otic or anything that can be used in the eye, such as tobradex (tobramycin and dexamethasone). For swimmers ear we used glycerine or vol-sol hc. ...Read more

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Would bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate opthalmic ointment work for a style?

Would bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate opthalmic ointment work for a style?

Moist warm compress: 24 y/o female asks if bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate ophthalmic ointment work for eye stye? Not recommended. The best management/ treatment for stye is to apply warm compress/ moist warm clean wash cloth on the affected eye for 5 to 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a day and at bed time. This usually helps to unblock the gland (sweat or oil) which blockage caused the stye in the first instance. ...Read more

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Is neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) good for cuts and scrapes?

It's okay: No antibiotic is as helpful as cleaning the wound well with soap and water and then keeping it clean. Some people become allergic to the neomycin; you may prefer a bacitracin-only preparation. ...Read more

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After my toddler heals do I need to get all the neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) entirely off?

After my toddler heals do I need to get all the neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) entirely off?

Yes: I don't know what your toddler is healing from, but prolonged contact to the neomycin in the neosporin can lead to allergic reactions in the future. So, yes, removing any unneeded cream is a good idea as is using it sparingly to begin with. Plain vaseline or aquaphor will often help heal wounds as well as neosporin without any risk and is what i recommend to my patients post skin surgery. ...Read more

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Can I use neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) for a bite on my arm?

Can I use neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) for a  bite on my arm?

Yes: The neosporin may help prevent infection. However, if the area is very red and warm, then you should be seen. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use vaseline and/or neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) to help treat my skin?

Is it ok to use vaseline and/or neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) to help treat my skin?

Yes you can!: It is ok to use vaseline to keep the skin moisturized and healthy. However, neosporin is used only if there is evidence of infection. Frequent use of neosporin can lead to development of allergy. ...Read more

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Used bandaid with polymyxin b sulfate &bacitracin on a cut finger in 1st trimester. Also cooked food using that bandaid. Can it pose risk to baby?

Used bandaid with polymyxin b sulfate &bacitracin on a cut finger in 1st trimester. Also cooked food using that bandaid. Can it pose risk to baby?

No worries: Using a Bandaid, having polymyxin B and bacitracin on a finger cut, having a minor finger cut, or cooking food while having a Bandaid on, should not change anything in the baby fetus's life. No worries. ...Read more

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Is neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) as effective for infections as reguloar neosporin?

Yes: This only comes in a topical form, either ointment or cream and should not be taken any other way. It is a combination of bacitracin, neomycin and polymyxin b, each of which can have severe toxicity if taken internally. ...Read more

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Can a girl use neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) for acne?

Can a girl use neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) for acne?

No: Neosporin will not help acne. It may even make it worse. It is also a common cause of allergic eruptions -so throw it away. ...Read more

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