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Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


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We started using bacitracin already for a second degree burn with blisters. I was told to use it. Is it ok?

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

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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?

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

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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!

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

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Can you use bacitracin while breastfeeding?

Can you use bacitracin while breastfeeding?

General rules: The medications in lotions or ointments that you apply to your skin are not absorbed into the blood to a level that would effect the breast milk. As long as you are not using it directly on the feeding surface this is fine. ...Read more

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Does bacitracin ointment need prescription?

Does bacitracin ointment need prescription?

BACITRACIN OINTMENT: No. Bacitracin ointment is over-the-counter.

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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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Can I use bacitracin( (polysporin) to treat impetigo?

Usually works best: when used in conjunction with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What happens if children swallow bacitracin ointment.?

What happens if children swallow bacitracin ointment.?

Nothing: Usually nothing would happen. Not going to cause significant trouble. ...Read more

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Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection ?

Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection ?

No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic ointment which helps prevent staph and strep and other bacterial infections but does not help with fungal infections. Topical antifungals such as Clotrimazole and ketoconazole help with fungal infections. ...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?

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?

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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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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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

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Bacitracin and neosporin the same?

No, are different: However both are topical antibiotics ; both have an inert petrolatum (vaseline) base. ...Read more

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What is bacitracin ointment used for?

Bacitracin: To prevent minor skin infections caused by small cuts, scrapes or burns. It is an antibiotic ointment. ...Read more

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Are bacitracin and neosporin the same?

No they aren't: They contain different topical antibiotcs, however both contain the same vaseline like base. ...Read more

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Will bacitracin help a pimple?

Will bacitracin help a pimple?

Maybe-: If the pimple is caused by a streptococcal bacteria, yes. If it is caused by staphylococcal bacteria such as community acquired methicillin resistant staphulococcus aureus ( ca-mrsa), or most other types of bacteria to cause boils, then no. ...Read more

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Can I use bacitracin for my vaginitis?

Can I use bacitracin for my vaginitis?

No: Backtracking is for gram positive bacteria and vaginitis is caused by other bacteria and yeast infection. You need a slide and culture done with an exam. ...Read more

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Why use bactroban (mupirocin) over bacitracin?

Why use bactroban (mupirocin) over bacitracin?

Depends: Bactroban (mupirocin) should only be used in an infection caused by mrsa. If not, mssa infections can convert into MRSA infections. ...Read more

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My pennies itches. Can i put bacitracin on it?

My pennies itches.  Can i put  bacitracin on it?

Unlikely to help: The most common cause of penis itching is a fungal infection which can be treated with topic antifungals such as clotrimazole. Bacitracin kills bacteria so it's unlikely to help at all. Of course, without a picture it's hard to tell what it is. ...Read more

Dr. Harlan Amstutz
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Bacitracin (Definition)

Bacitracin is an acne agent which is a ...Read more