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Doctor insights on: Cortisporin Corticosteroid Antibiotic Combination

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Does cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) cream treat poison ivy?

Does cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) cream treat poison ivy?

It can: Some people have such a mild or no reaction that they need nothing at all. Some people have more itching and cortisone cream can really help but it shouldn't be used more than a week or two. Some people have such a bad reaction they need oral cortisone or even iv! ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Can I use tricinolone steroid cream & neosporin antibacterial together?

Can I use tricinolone steroid cream & neosporin antibacterial together?

Yes: These can be used together with the steroid cream applied first. This is often done if rashes such as eczema are secondarily infected. However, bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is a better choice than neosporin due to the lower risk of allergic contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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Does cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) cream help poison ivy?

Does cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) cream help poison ivy?

Probably so: Cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) is a combination of a steroid and a topical antibiotic. The steroid is probably the component that is doing the most for your reaction. I would avoid the topical antibiotic unless there is truly a bacterial infection that needs to be treated. The antibiotic portion carries the risk of an allergic reaction and can confound the clinical picture. ...Read more

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Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin ?

Both can be: effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, it could be switched to the other. ...Read more

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Can beclomethasone dipropionate, clotrimazole and neomycin cream be used for acne?

Can beclomethasone dipropionate, clotrimazole and neomycin cream be used for acne?

No : Beclomethasone is a steroid ; Clotrimazole is an antifungal and neither will treat acne. Neosporin is a topical antibiotic but is not commonly used to treat acne. ...Read more

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Triamcinolone acetonide ointment used for acne?

Triamcinolone acetonide ointment used for acne?

Very bad idea: It will make the redness and swelling go away by stopping the neutrophils from fighting the bacteria that cause acne. It will promote the same skin changes that trigger acne at puberty. Using this stuff on your face over time is likely to scar you by itself. Please get with a competent physician instead of experimenting with prescription-strength medications. ...Read more

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Which works quicker tobrex (tobramycin) or sulphaceptamide?

Which works quicker tobrex (tobramycin) or sulphaceptamide?

For what?: These are both antibiotics and they work usually the same for viral illnesses. For proven bacterial conjunctivitis tobrex (tobramycin) is bacteriostatic and works a little quicker. Don't self medicate. See your family dr. ...Read more

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Does giving Flagyl(Benzol Metronidazole+ Diloxanide Furoate) with antibiotics.Ceclor( Cefaclor) help minimize side effects of Ceclor such as diarhea ?

Does giving Flagyl(Benzol Metronidazole+ Diloxanide Furoate) with antibiotics.Ceclor( Cefaclor) help minimize side effects of Ceclor such as diarhea ?

No!!: All three meds that you are taking are antibiotics and are intended to kill different types of organisms. When a doc gives you something to take he should explain to you not only how and when but also the purpose. If you do develop diahrrea there are good things for that but the main thing is to drink a sufficient amount of clean water. ...Read more

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Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of birth control?

Will the antibiotic maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) eye drops lessen the effectiveness of  birth control?

No: Maxitrol (dexamethasone neomycin and polymyxin) has a steroid in it, so use it with caution. However, very little actually enters your blood stream so it shouldn't affect birth control. ...Read more

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Is neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) as effective for infections as reguloar neosporin?

Is neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) as effective for infections as reguloar neosporin?

Yes: This only comes in a topical form, either ointment or cream and should not be taken any other way. It is a combination of bacitracin, neomycin and polymyxin b, each of which can have severe toxicity if taken internally. ...Read more

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Side effects for topical steroid creams?

Atrophy, striae: Applying a strong steroid cream for too long on thin skin (face, groin, underarms, etc.) will eventually cause thinning of the skin (atrophy) and eventually stretch marks (striae). That's why dermatologists cringe when they see strong steroids prescribed for areas that are too sensitive to handle them properly. Strong creams should be used only on thick skin for a couple of weeks at most. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydro-cortisone ointment as an antibiotic ointment?

Is it safe to use hydro-cortisone ointment as an antibiotic ointment?

Absolutely not: Steroids have no antimicrobial activity & can actually delay healing or allow opportunistic organisms to invade & infect. Antibiotics are designed to kill or halt the growth of bacteria. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC ointment as good as prescription topical steroids?

Depends on needs: Low strength Hydrocortisone ointment and cream for use on skin are available otc. Higher strength Hydrocortisone and other more potent or specialized use steroid creams are only available by prescription. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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