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Neosporin Lt Medication
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! ...Read more
Neosporin/Bacitracin: Both are very good antibiotics available Over the counter. What's the diagnosis/reason for use? ...Read more
It is possible: Some people develop an allergy to neosporin. It is a triple antibiotic, and something called neomycin which is one of the antibiotics can cause allergies. If the wound worsens after using neosporin, best to switch to polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or bacitracin. If still not responding, there may be an infection that requires stronger treatment, so see physician. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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
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.
Probably Not: This area of the body is very vascular allowing it to heal well. If you have a yeast infection – then use of an antifungal medication for tears would be appropriate. If you were to use neosporin it may lead you to becoming sensitive to the medication. It might also irritate the delicate tissues. ...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
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
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. ...Read more