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What can I use to treat an allergic reaction to Neosporin on my hands?

What can I use to treat an allergic reaction to Neosporin on my hands?

Neosporin Allergy: Depending on how severe a reaction, a mild rash you could use hydrocortisone cream. Anything more severe I would seek care from your physician. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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What does an allergic reaction to neosporin look like?

What does an allergic reaction to neosporin look like?

Itchy rash typically: The neomycin component of neosporin is a well known and fairly common trigger of allergic contact dermatitis. The rash is itchy, red and occurs where the medication came into contact with the skin. The mechanism is similar to poison ivy type rash. An allergy skin test is available if the diagnosis is in question. ...Read more

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What do I do for an allergic reaction to Neosporin on my ears, it has blistered and cracked in just one day. Do I wash with antibacterial soap? Benadr

What do I do for an allergic reaction to Neosporin on my ears, it has blistered and cracked in just one day. Do I wash with antibacterial soap? Benadr

Try cortisone cream: Your best bet is hydrocortisone cream OTC. If it does not fast or well enough, you will need to see your doctor to get a more potent Rx cortisone preparation. Unfortunately the damage has already been done and thus simply wash it out with soap and water would be fine (if in the ear canals and not outer ears, but sure to dry the canal out gently with a Qtip since alcohol will cause to much pain. ...Read more

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What ingredients in neosporin can an allergic reaction?

What ingredients in neosporin can an allergic reaction?

Neosporin: Neosporin is a very common allergen, as is Bacitracin (both are very commonly used). Interestingly, neither is better than vaseline at preventing infection, but both are usually better at treating one. So, if you have a scratch, simple use of vaseline (or equivalent) is best to prevent an infection, and save the antibiotics for a proven infection. Stop using neosporin if it causes a rash for u. ...Read more

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I put neosporin on a cut and I am having an allergic reaction. What else can I use?

I put neosporin on a cut and I am having an allergic reaction. What else can I use?

Check options: Next trip to drug store / walmart / supermarket, look at antibiotic ointment options. Should be polymixin or Bacitracin options-but read label, many are combinations that contain neosporin as well. ...Read more

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I had a small growth removed and I was told to put neosporin on the area but I had an allergic reaction how do I get it to heal properly?

I had a small growth removed and I was told to put neosporin on the area but I had an allergic reaction how do I get it to heal properly?

Neomycin allergy: Bacitracin, or Double Antibiotic ointment is an over the counter option for people who have neomycin sensitivities (the most common culprit in Neomycin). Otherwise, washing twice daily with hypo allergic soap and water and keeping the wound covered should help prevent infection. ...Read more

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My fiance' used neosporin on his self without me knowing it gave me an allergic reaction. I'm very irritated, its red, and swollen.

My fiance' used neosporin on his self without me knowing it gave me an allergic reaction. I'm very irritated, its red, and swollen.

Use hydrocortisone: Neomycin is a very common cause of contact Dermatitis (itchy blistering rash similar to poison ivy) I am surprised it was released for OTC use in the first place. You can use topical hydrocortisone cream 1% twice a day and replace it if you wipe it off. It is going to take approx a week to resolve. If it is too uncomfortable you might need stronger meds but will need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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My son seems to be allergic to neosporin. How can I remove it from. His skin and prevent further reaction?

My son seems to be allergic to neosporin. How can I remove it from. His skin and prevent further reaction?

Wash off: Wash the neosporin off with warm water. Just never use it again. It's very common to have skin allergy to neosporin. Wrap the area gently in gauze with nonstick pad over the wound. ...Read more

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Why does using neosporin frequently increase ur risk to develope allergic reactions? What kind of allergic reactions?

Why does using neosporin frequently increase ur risk to develope allergic reactions? What kind of allergic reactions?

Contact skin: Neosporin is a common contact allergen usually leading to itchy skin rash with or without blister. The onset of the rash occurs from 24 to 72 hours after the contact and not immediate. ...Read more

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My toenail feel off after a injury to the toe. I'm allergic to neosporin. How should I treat it?

My toenail feel off after a injury to the toe. I'm allergic to neosporin. How should I treat it?

Is it infected: If it is not infected I would keep it clean with soap & water and use a topical antifungal. ...Read more

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I have a lesion sight and I put neosporin on it and had a reaction. How do I get rid of the rash?

I have a lesion sight and I put neosporin on it and had a reaction. How do I get rid of the rash?

Stop neosporin: Many people will have a reaction to Neosporin, or Triple Antibiotic. Try using Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or bacitracin instead. If the infection is under control, you can try hydrocortisone for any itching. If the lesion persists, it should be evaluated by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use neosporin to treat insect bites?

Is it okay to use neosporin to treat insect bites?

Sure, but....: It won't hurt anything, but it won't do much. Taking benedryl is better. Ice, topical anesthetics and calalmine lotion on the bite itself can also help. ...Read more

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If im allergic to neosporin can I use mupirocin?

If im allergic to neosporin can I use mupirocin?

Likely yes: If you have an allergy to one of the antibiotics in neosporin (bacitracin, neomycin, or polymixin b), you can use mupirocin, which has a different chemical structure. Some people can be sensitive to the other ingredients that could potentially be in both medications (preservatives or additives, but not usually the petroleum jelly), but this is exceedingly rare. Ask your doctor for more info. ...Read more

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Are there any common ingredients in Robitussin (guaifenesin) and neosporin that I could be allergic to?

Are there any common ingredients in Robitussin (guaifenesin) and neosporin that I could be allergic to?

Neosporin more like: Robitussin (guaifenesin) has various formulations, often with guiafenesin, which is pretty well tolerated. Rare to truly see an allergy. However, neosporin ointment can certainly cause allergic contact dermatitis on the skin or mucous membranes, either from the antibiotic itself, or an excipient in the preparation. However, are you referring to hives (urticaria)? Then I'd see allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to neosporin?

Is it possible to be allergic to neosporin?

Possibly: It is possible to have a true allergy to neosporin or one of the ingredients of neosporin. Additionally, neomycin (one of the ingredients of neosporin) can be irritating to the skin, especially if used over a long period of time or if covered by a bandage. Although this reaction is not a true allergy, the irritation often has similar characteristics of an allergy reaction. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What else can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin and sulfa neosporin?

What else can I take if I'm allergic to penicillin and sulfa neosporin?

Depends what for: For instance cipro, (ciprofloxacin) zithromycin ; Nitrofurantoin would both be quite safe. Cephalosporins, such as Keflex or suprax are probably safe, but there is some cross-reactivity at times between penillins ; cephalosporins. Trimthoprim without sulfa would also be ok but bacrtim or septra because they contain sulfa. ...Read more

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What should I use if I'm allergic to polysporin and neosporin and bactroban (mupirocin).?

What should I use if I'm allergic to polysporin and neosporin and bactroban (mupirocin).?

Neosponrin allergy: That is three different items sold for topical use or eye or ear use. Your doctor has substitures if you need them for these areas. ...Read more

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Can you use neosporin ointment to treat phimosos instead of using steroids?

Can you use neosporin ointment to treat phimosos instead of using steroids?

Depends: The most common cause of phimosis is recurrent infection/inflammation and this is usually fungal in this area. I find best results with combined anti fungal and steroid cream. In rare instances neosporin could benefit. ...Read more

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Just want to know how to properly treat a cut. I put a band aid and neosporin on it any chance of infection?

Just want to know how to properly treat a cut. I put a band aid and neosporin on it any chance of infection?

Treating a cut.: Neosporin is fine. However, studies have shown that cuts heal faster when they are covered. Covering the cut will keep bacteria away from the break in the skin and greatly reduces the risk for infection. ...Read more

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I am allergic to keflex & penicillin. Is neosporin still ok to use on my skin?

Neosporin: People have a tendency to assume that neosporin does not cause side effects because it is a widely available and frequently used nonprescription product. However, this is simply not the case. In fact, many healthcare providers now recommend that people avoid products with neomycin (including neosporin), as neomycin is more likely than most other antibiotics to cause allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

Is it possible to treat an infected ear piercing with neosporin?

May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a complicated infection that may require oral antibiotics. It is also very common to have a allergy to a metal in your earring that may seem like an infection but isn't. This may require something other than an antibiotic like a topical cortisone cream. ...Read more

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Allergic to neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) what ointment can I use?

Allergic to neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) what ointment can I use?

You need a Rx: Depends on the type of infection you are treating. For staph, an rx ointment can be used. ...Read more

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If got allegric reacton to neosporin does the dark eye circles go away after I stop using it?

If got allegric reacton to neosporin does the dark eye circles go away after I stop using it?

Yes: Swelling and any discoloration of the eyelid skin will usually go completely away after stopping the medication that you were allergic to. It may take several weeks, but be patient. ...Read more

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What can I use to treat minor scrapes for 2 month old babies? (she sratches herself and has sharp nails).Neosporin, betadine?

What can I use to treat minor scrapes for 2 month old babies? (she sratches herself and has sharp nails).Neosporin, betadine?

Vaseline / Aquaphor: I recommend using topical petrolatum ointment (vaseline or a brand named aquaphor) this is safe to use and heals scrapes and scratches quickly. Using topical neosporin or betadine increases the risk of developing an allergy later in life. You could also use coconut oil as it has antiseptic properties and will not harm your baby. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

Sensitivities to substances, called allergens, that come into contact with the skin, nose, eyes, respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal tract. They can be inhaled into the ...Read more