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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan Dr. Dohan
Dermatology
53 years in practice
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I have an open wound on my face and it started to turn into a scab but got ripped off. Will Neosporin help this heal fast?

I have an open wound on my face and it started to turn into a scab but got ripped off. Will Neosporin help this heal fast?

NO: Throw it away. Vaseline or Aquaphor is better. Neosporin, bacitracin, triple antibiotic are all the same aminoglycocide antibiotics. They are not useful for application to skin. They fail to treat or prevent infections. They are common sensitizers, causing allergic reactions and interfering with wound healing. Also avoid peroxide, alcohol, and iodine on wounds.Water is good. Lubricating is good.

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Dr. Abby Caplin Dr. Caplin
Integrative Medicine
36 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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I suffer with mild acne but I pick until they turn into open wounds, red and swollen. How can I heal these fast? I have already tried neosporin.

I suffer with mild acne but I pick until they turn into open wounds, red and swollen. How can I heal these fast? I have already tried neosporin.

See dermatologist: I'm so sorry you are suffering from acne. The dermatologist, or your pcp, can provide you with different forms of topical treatment that should help--a different topical antibiotic and/or drying agent can make a huge difference.

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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc Dr. Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine
23 years in practice
University of Medicine and Pharmacy 'Carol Davila'
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Does neosporin heal cuts faster?

Does neosporin heal cuts faster?

Protects: It only protects against infections during the healing process, which is natural.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Will neosporin heal cuts faster? Please help me docs!

Will neosporin heal cuts faster? Please help me docs!

Neosporin: Neosporin has 3 antibiotics in it - use can lead to allergy in some. So consider selecting a different antibiotic ointment to help.

Dr. Randy Stevens Dr. Stevens
Surgery
20 years in practice
Ross University School of Medicine
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My nose raw from blowing too much. Now its dark & looks bad. Kinda hurts. Put neosporin on it. Anything 2make it heal faster? Could it go away in 5 days?

My nose raw from blowing too much. Now its dark & looks bad. Kinda hurts. Put neosporin on it. Anything 2make it heal faster? Could it go away in 5 days?

Try gold bond: Blowing your nose often can lead to break down of skin. Try using hand moisturizer gold bond in the nose. Use only fresh kleenex and use the aloe kind. If it is allergies try antihistamine to dry up nose.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman Dr. Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
49 years in practice
Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry (Temple University)
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I burned my face with toothpaste from using it for acne. How can I help it heal faster and is neosporin safe?

I burned my face with toothpaste from using it for acne. How can I help it heal faster and is neosporin safe?

Telephone: You have already done damage to your body by using a product "off-label." I would suggest that you use your telephone to call a skin specialist, a Dermatologist, for the best professional care for your acne and for your damaged skin. Don't use mascara to brush your teeth, don't use toothpaste to treat skin infections.

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Dr. Zachary Veres Dr. Veres
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?

I had a number of cold sores and they are now healing and I have a large scab on my face. Should I put neosporin or anything to make it heal faster?

Cold sores: You could put neosporin on the open lesions but taking prophylactic antivirus may be better. In addition taking it when you have an outbreak may help better

Dr. Scott Keith Dr. Keith
Podiatry
40 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Hi doc, I have a small wound on the side of my big toe next to the nail that will not heal. I cover it with neosporin and a bandaid twice a day.

Hi doc, I have a small wound on the side of my big toe next to the nail that will not heal. I cover it with neosporin and a bandaid twice a day.

Start Now, not later: Normally, small open wounds are not a problem, but when they will not heal, then you must take action. These small wounds, given time, can become large, troublesome wounds. Some potential concerns are blood supply to the toe, history of diabetes, infection and irritation of the wound. More than likely, this problem ends when these concerns are investigated, identified and corrected by a doctor.

Dr. Ellen Turner Dr. Turner
Dermatology
16 years in practice
Texas Tech University Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
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How to heal something the fastest? Neosporin?

How to heal something the fastest? Neosporin?

Vaseline.: I know it sounds too simple but there was actually a study performed that compared neosporin with plain vaseline petroleum jelly to determine wound healing time and also risk of infection. Vaseline was actually just as good as neosporin. Also, a side note is that neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) can produce an allergic contact reaction in some people!

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Dr. Norman Levine Dr. Levine
Dermatology
47 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Can you tell me how long does it take neosporin to heal a cut?

Can you tell me how long does it take neosporin to heal a cut?

Neosporin: Neosporin does almost nothing more than plain Vaseline does to heal wounds, namely it moisturizes the wound which helps to heal the skin.

Dr. Ally-Khan Somani Dr. Somani
Dermatology
15 years in practice
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Does neosporin work for reducing scaring after the wound has been almost healed or completely healed?

Not directly: Wounds and how they heal is directly related to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The intrinsic factors that impact healing and scar formation include the depth of the injury (shallow wounds heal with minimal scarring), and your genetics. Extrinsic factors include mostly wound care - wounds that are kept greasy (vaseline) heal way better than those that form scabs and are crusted.

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Dr. Keith Swanson Dr. Swanson
Wound care
16 years in practice
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
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What ointment is best to apply in a wound. I got a small wound 2 days back but looks lil big today. Was applying neosporin. Help.

What ointment is best to apply in a wound. I got a small wound 2 days back but looks lil big today. Was applying neosporin. Help.

Keep moist and clean: Some wound respond adversely to Neosporin. The most important thing is to establish why you have the non healing sore to begin with. The general principle is to keep a wound moist and clean. Perhaps a bit of petroleum jelly on a sterile gauze.

Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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Does putting neosporin on wounds help?

Does putting neosporin on wounds help?

Depends: If the wound is small, like a scratch, superficial and clean then neosporin is fine. If the wound is large, deep, associated with risk factors for non-healing like ischemia, malnutrition, infection, necrosis then avoid neosporin and go see your doc.

Dr. Scott Bolhack Dr. Bolhack
Wound care
31 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Neosporin for large wounds that formed puss?

Infected wounds: You need to have this wound examined before any advice can be given.

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Dr. Martin Bress Dr. Bress
Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Is neosporin good to heal a scrape on your face?

Is neosporin good to heal a scrape on your face?

Not the best choice.: Neomycin the major ingredient is a common cause of sensitivity rashes and is rarely recommended by skin specialists. A better choice is bacitracin.

Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it good to put neosporin on open wounds?

Is it good to put neosporin on open wounds?

Better Ideas: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

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Dr. Michael Miller Dr. Miller
Wound care
32 years in practice
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How worrying is expired neosporin on an open wound?

How worrying is expired neosporin on an open wound?

Better Ideas: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected.

Dr. Antoanella Calame Dr. Calame
Dermatology
15 years in practice
UC San Diego School of Medicine
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If u put peroxide and neosporin on a open boil will it heal?

If u put peroxide and neosporin on a open boil will it heal?

Possibly...: It is important to keep it covered using a band-aid. Keep an eye on it and make sure ti doesn't get infected.

Dr. Steven Warren Dr. Warren
Family Medicine
5 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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I have a small cut on my foreskin, should I put neosporin on it, and how long will it take to heal?

I have a small cut on my foreskin, should I put neosporin on it, and how long will it take to heal?

Good idea: Neosporin unless allergic to it will help the cut Eac peson is different but it should heal within a week If it gets worse follow up with provider

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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Is there anyway I can heal after shave vaginal scrapes and cuts? I'm trying neosporin but is there anything else?

Is there anyway I can heal after shave vaginal scrapes and cuts? I'm trying neosporin but is there anything else?

Treatment of Cuts: Moist skin heals fastest because the task of healing a wound requires the activity of cels. Cells cannot function in a dry environment. They need moisture to do their repair work. As the wound dries out, it begins to crust, forming a scab causing the cells to work harder to repair the injury. The key to healing a cut is maintaining the right amount of moisture. Keeping the cut covered.