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Neosporin For Bug Bites
Bug Drug: Neosporin may help but can frequently cause a contact allergy itself. Bacitracin alone may be a safer choice. Bug bites vary depending on the insect. Many bites or stings can cause allergic reactions that may respond better to steroids such as Hydrocortisone or a stronger prescription strength. Likewise some can result in serious tissue infection that may require systemic antibiotics. ...Read more
Insect bites are from mosquitos, spiders, flies, ticks, and other species that use their mandibles (jaws) to attach to a person or other animal. They can then suck blood out of their "prey" and leave saliva proteins that cause itching and swelling. Other insect species, like bees, yellow jackets, wasps, hornets and fire ants actually inject venom into their prey and can not only cause localized pain and swelling, but severe, acute allergic reactions in ...Read more
If infected: Neosporin contains 2 antibiotics; neomycin and polymixin b and some contain bacitracin. This products can help with minor skin infections including those caused by an insect bite. Be cautious with use as neomycin is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis and Bacitracin can cause allergic reactions. ...Read more
Don't wait too long: If you have bug bites and they are worsening, painful, draining pus -they could in fact be infected. I would see a doctor if the neosporin is not helping. Letting something as seemingly simples as bug bites get bad enough to cause infection is unwise. Have it checked out. It should be simple to treat. ...Read more
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
I have a bug bite for more than 3 weeks, but it still not heal. It releases a lot of yellow fluid and it's kind of itchy. I only applied neosporin.
I got bit on my abs by some bug, it grew pus. Put neosporin, popped it. Went away, but feels like a marble is still there. New one coming back, why?
Start over: How do you know a "bug" is responsible? Did you see and feel it? Neosporin did not "pop" it. The neosporin had no effect on the behavior of this. If it annoys you, see a dermatologist for a better diagnosis and definitive therapy based on that. ...Read more
I have a bug bite on my leg. It's turned into a little hole with lots of water-stuff coming out. Use hydrocortisone? Neosporin?
He has a bass reaction to bites but he has a dime sized bite that pusses up an it's on his calve n really red what should o do Neosporin or ER??
I think I have a spider or horse fly bite from beach stay. I scratched, now tender. How long does it last? How to tell what it is? Using neosporin.
I've had a bump on my back for 2 months.It's like something bit me or could be hair follicle.Neosporin reduced it but no completely.
Bump: Any lesion not healing should be evaluated by a Dermatologist for further evaluation, from what you are describing, however it sounds like you may have a cyst which may have developed. A Dermatologist, however can confirm this for you. ...Read more
My dachshund bit me yesterday on my finger... It's a little red where he bit me and some swelling. Yesterday did neosporin and bandage it up?
My son had a tick bite. I had to carefully remove it.. Head and all and put alcohol to clean, neosporin and itch cream will it be ok?
Simple Care: When our protective skin is injured/opened, then the delicate internal environment is exposed to the harsh external environment. Covering it with a clean dressing is the way to go changing it every other day or so. Avoid scratching. Anti-itch creams help. Also, stay away from peroxide, alcohol, betadine, hibiclens, bleach solutions and other irritating things. ...Read more
What should you do if your vagina is red and irritated and a bit itchy? How should I take care of this? And does neosporin help if I were to apply it there?
Yeast?: The most common cause of such symptoms is vaginal yeast infection, but other possibilities include STDs, especially herpes. Yeast can often be self-diagnosed and treated with over the counter anti-yeast vaginal creams, but the first time should be professionally diagnosed. Definitely don't try neosporin; it would not work and might even make a yeast infection worse. See your doctor. ...Read more
Pink eye: Not if otc medicaton. Only use eye care provider prescribed meds near, around or in the eyes. ...Read more
Ear pierced 66 days ago. Snagged my piericing with shirt. Use alcohol to clean it and it burns, i probably tore it a bit. Ok to use neosporin too?
Yes okay: Indeed you may use the ointment.Get a more detailed answer ›
My partner pinched my nipple so hard it's a bit cracked at the base and swollen. I've been using neosporin which helped. Will it go back to normal??
Nipple damage: It will heal completely. Wash it with warm soap and water. Neosporin application will do no harm ...Read more
Was bit by my dog on the leg, it got blood, and I'm nervous.washed and applied neosporin. is it a stretch for me to worry about infection/amputation?
My cat bit me and slightly broke the skin. He was last vaccinated on 7/29/2015 and 100% sure he hasn't been outside our condo since then. We also have a dog that is up to date on vaccines. Should I take any action besides Hydrogen Peroxide/Neosporin?
Not those: WHERE IS THE BITE??? Hand? Face? Be sure the cat is observed and not allowed to roam for 10 days. If the bite is on the face, consult a physician. Rinse well with tap water. The peroxide and neosporin are of no value. ...Read more
See your doctor: See your doctor to confirm if it is infected and what medicine you might need for care. ...Read more
No: Topical neosporin is not formulated for use in or around the eye. The "eye version" of neosporin is used to treat bacterial infections. "pink eye" is a viral infection. Antibiotics are useless to treat or shorten the length of time someone has pink eye. In addition, a significant number if people are allergic to the "eye version" of neosporin. ...Read more