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Is it true that bacitracin zinc ointment helps a staph skin infection?

Is it true that bacitracin zinc ointment helps a staph skin infection?

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

Dr. Neal Kraus
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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


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Is bacitracin zinc ointment exactly like neosporin?

Is bacitracin zinc ointment exactly like neosporin?

No: They are different compounds but both can be helpful in the correct setting. ...Read more

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What is bacitracin zinc used for? Can it help acne?

What is bacitracin zinc used for? Can it help acne?

Simple antibiotic: This is most useful for a minor skin wound after cleaning it. Your best friend for acne is topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated; if you're not clear in two weeks, get a more reliable prescription-strength Rx to add from your physician. ...Read more

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Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment in my nose if it is really dry?

Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment in my nose if it is really dry?

Bactroban (mupirocin): Your dermatologist could give you Bactroban (mupirocin) Ointment which may be better. ...Read more

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Is it okay to put bacitracin zinc on folliculitis on the vagina area?

Is it okay to put bacitracin zinc on folliculitis on the vagina area?

Safe: It is safe to topically apply topical Bacitracin ointment on folliculitis near the vagina. Since hair follicles may be deep, the medication may not adequately penetrate to eradicate the microorganisms. If the clinical condition persists, see your physician for an oral antibiotic. ...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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Are both bacitracin ointment & bacitracin zinc ointment the same?

Are both bacitracin ointment & bacitracin zinc ointment the same?

Yes: Bacitracin is an effective topical antibiotic. Bacitracin zinc is a salt of the compound that is usually added to neomycin and polymixin b to form the triple antibiotic, neosporin. ...Read more

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Neosporin with vs without bacitracin zinc, what's the difference?

Neosporin with vs without bacitracin zinc, what's the difference?

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

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What are the differences between Neosporin with or without bacitracin zinc?

What are the differences between Neosporin with or without bacitracin zinc?

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

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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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Why are there two kinds of neosporin? One with bacitracin zinc and one without?

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

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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 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

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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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Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment on a stye on my eye? It is on my eyelid, I have some people saying I can and some saying not to use it.

Not advised: Only ophthalmic bacitracin is ph balanced for the eye. Using topical antibiotic created for the skin near your eye could cause significant stinging and even a corneal abrasion if it were to get into the eye. ...Read more

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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!

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

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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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What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks

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

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How will peroxide/bacitracin bth affect staph &or herpes or any puss filled draining sore on area above clitoris. ..Started itchin then bump busted?

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

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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

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

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Need to know is zinc oxide good to use on a staph infection?

Need to know is zinc oxide good to use on a staph infection?

Not enough: If you have a real staph infection the zinc ointment most likely will not be enough to kill it. Unless this is just a very small area of staph for instance a small cut that got red you will need oral antibiotics so see a doctor ...Read more

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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

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

Can be: If no cellulitis than the sore itself may not be particularly painful. Neosporin not particularly effective against mrsa recommend Mupiricin 2% as a better more effective treatment ...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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What are the symptoms of a staph skin infection?

What are the symptoms of a staph skin infection?

Boils & cellulitis: Abscesses (boils) or cellulitis (red, hot, swollen, tender skin). ...Read more

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At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

At home cure for a staph and strep outbreak on skin?

Dilute bleach baths: While oral or topical antibiotics would be preferred, you may want to try dilute bleach baths.

www. Seattlechildrens. Org/pdf/pe1131.pdf. ...Read more

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Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

Why is my skin thick and rough after having a staph infection?

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

Dr. Harlan Amstutz
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Bacitracin (Definition)

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