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Bacitracin Zinc For Acne
No: They are different compounds but both can be helpful in the correct setting. ...Read more
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
NONE: Both worthless. Application to wounds, burns, surgery, or anything does not prevent or cure infections. They are among the most common agents that people are allergic to. They cross-react, so allergy to one often means allergy to the other. They often interfere with wound healing. Their use contributes to emerging antibiotic- resistant bacteria. Each has been "allergen of the year" in different ye ...Read more
None: They are both useless and sometimes harmful. Throw them away. Studies on people with surgical wounds demonstrate clearly that application of vaseline or Aquaphor to wounds is superior to using aminoglycocide or polypeptide antibiotic ointments. The purveyors of these useless products should be ashamed of taking advantage of so many misled suckers. ...Read more
Antibiotic OTC s: There are essentially three common OTC antibiotic ointments. First is Bacitracin. Second is Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) which is Bacitracin plus Polymyxin B. Neosporin, aka "Triple antibiotic" ointment is Bacitracin + Polymyxin B + Neomycin. Many people (perhaps 1 in 5) are allergic to Neomycin, therefore many dermatologists recommend other options. Aquaphor is a common choice and has no antibiotic in it. ...Read more
Many: There are numerous bacterial species which are sensitive to these antibiotics. ...Read more
Meds: You should see your dermatologist to get the best treatment. ...Read more
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?
It's protective: Antibacterial ointments are great at preventing infection from getting into your skin. That's why they are great for open wounds and ulcers. If you already have a skin infection, ointments likely won't help much. It may require oral antibiotics or if there is an abscess, drainage. ...Read more
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, 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
Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze? How do I know it's not infected? Ty!
Wound: Yes, you can. The signs of infection — pain, drainage, usually milky white, green or yellow, swelling which is worsening, redness which is worsening or not getting better. If none of those are present, yes, you can go ahead and put an antibiotic ointment and either let it air dry or cover with a dressing (bandade). If the symptoms above are present and it's getting worse, see doc. ...Read more
My nose is burning I am using Neosporin ointment. Sir how often I can use in a day contains neomycin polymyxin bsulfate bacitracin zinc ophthalmic?
2-3 times: 2-3 times a day would be the recommended dose. ...Read more
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 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
I've been applying polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) to my facial cystic acne which hasn't healed in months. Within days my face has cleared! Is this ok? Negative effects?
It's OK, but...: There are better topical antibiotics than polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) to use on cystic acne. I'm glad for you that it has worked initially. My bigger concern, though, is that it won't work for very long. That particular antibiotic combination may lead to resistance in the bacteria present in your pores, and in a month or two not be effective anymore. There are better topical antibiotics that lessen this chance. ...Read more
4 year old has acne like sores around mouth region for quite a while now. Have tried vaseline, coconut oil & polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). What is it & treatment?
Does zinc (20mg to 50mg a day) from the vitamin store help decrease acne? Is it worth a trying for a few months, in an otherwise healthy person?
Adjunct only: It will probably not clear you and I'd be pleasantly surprised if it even helped. Zinc is likely to upset your stomach, and if you take a lot, you can make yourself copper deficient. How about using an evidence based regimen instead? Benzoyl peroxide is not pleasant but it's your first choice; if you're not clear in two weeks, get with your primary care physician. ...Read more