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Wrist and knuckle got lightly burned from touching a pan. No blisters. Applying polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) 3-4 times or more daily. Should i be worried of overdose?
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
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
My boyfriend caught the tip of his penis in a zipper. It's bleeding & has created a blood blister. I put ice & polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else we can do?Thx
Red circular burn marks on back from hot stone massage. No blisters. No pain. Applied polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Will these scar? Any treatment required? Thank-you!
Keep out of sun: A mild burn like this should heal without issues. However, you should keep the skin moisurized and protected from all sunlight for the next few weeks. Sunlight on a healing wound can induce unwanted skin pigmentation that can be permanent or very challenging to get rid of. ...Read more
I was burnt by hot butter on my foot dec 29 . I have six blisters and my foot is very sore. Treating with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Do i need to see a doctor?
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No: They are different compounds but both can be helpful in the correct setting. ...Read more
Usually works best: when used in conjunction with oral antibiotics. ...Read more
Nothing: Usually nothing would happen. Not going to cause significant trouble. ...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
What do you suggest if i got out of the shower, i smothered the area with bacitracin. What else should I do to prevent infection?
What area?: Do you have a lesion of some sort. There is not enough information to try to answer this question. ...Read more
My son has stitches. Dr told me if the surgical tape fell off then just put neosporin on it. All I have is bacitracin. Will that be ok to use?
Mgt: The ointment can be used until you buy Neosporin since your PCP recommended this ointment. ...Read more
Bacitracin: Can be used.Get a more detailed answer ›