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Bacitracin Zinc Staph Skin
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 a abscess, drainage. ...Read more
This is an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus - and it often is quite dangerous because the organism, the 'germ' has alot of virulence to it... it's very nasty in other words. You can see an ID doc to find out more about Staph infections, since they are experts in diagnosing and treating ...Read more
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
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?
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
It won't 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
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 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
What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks
Doxycycline: The treatment of choice for any staph infection is oral Doxycycline (or one of the other antibiotics indicated for staph). Topical creams such as neosporin or Bacitracin are relatively ineffective; they might have a small supplemental effect when used with an oral antibiotic, but should not be used by themselves for staph. ...Read more
How will peroxide/bacitracin bth affect staph &or herpes or any puss filled draining sore on area above clitoris. ..Started itchin then bump busted?
Depends: Peroxide will provide variable levels of killing for staph, and Bacitracin is an antibiotic against streptococcus; it has poor activity against staph. Neither will have any effect against herpes. If it was a boil you had, then the draining itself is probably therapeutic; if the redness/hard area extends, I would see a doctor for systemic antibiotics. ...Read more
Dx staph infec/leg: bacitracin gel, 100 mg doxycycline caps, 10 days, + injection, vicodin es/ pain. When will I feel relief & clear up? Tx yesterday
If treatment: Is working then you should star feeling better within 48 hours. I assume that a culture was taken to determine that you have staph. Appropriate antibiotics should be given to treat infection. ...Read more
Can a staph/MRSA sore be painless or is it always going to hurt? Have a sore on leg that doesn't hurt and has improved but still there. Neosporin/zinc
Inflammation: A staph infection of the skin leads to a lot of inflammation under the surface. When inflammation occurs in the skin, the natural response is for the skin to thicken and then as the problem resolves, the thickened skin will start to dry and peel, giving it a rough texture. ...Read more