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Is Bacitracin The Same As Neosporin
Difference: Two different antibiotics.Get a more detailed answer ›
No: They are different compounds but both can be helpful in the correct setting.
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
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Either one is: Ok, but main thing is adequate drainage and mechanical cleansing, systemic antibiotics if necessary. Topical ointment is probably of much lesser significance. Ask your surgeon to be sure.See 1 more doctor answer
You need a Rx: Depends on the type of infection you are treating. For staph, an rx ointment can be used.
Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?
Allergic to vancomycin IV drip in the past (red man), also allergic to neosporin and topical bacitracin which gave me a rash. Any natural rash cures?
Vancomycin: "red nan syndrome" is rather a side effect not a true allergy, can be avoided by slower infusion rate of the drug, if you you are allergic to neosporin or bacitracin applied topically, better avoid using them, as for the rash, I am not sure what kind and what is the possible cause, need to be seen, if you can't see a doctor at the moment, try hydrocortisone cream 1% OTC for now, till u c ur doctor
I want to put antibiotic cream (neosporin, bacitracin) on earring hole to help infection go away but will it clog it?
Wont clog it but: First is it infected or just inflamed? If infected oral antibiotics will be much better. See dr.
I don't have polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin or anything to put on before the band aid. Is there anything else that would work?
Meds: You should see your dermatologist to get the best treatment.
I'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?
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