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A stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as vaseline or A&D ointment?

A  stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as  vaseline or A&D ointment?

Sterile ointment: Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment would be best if available. A HealthTap consultant could prescribe it for you. Bacitracin ointment carefully applied to the external lid only is another possible option. ...Read more

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Aquaphor ointment: is it just like vaseline?

Aquaphor ointment: is it just like vaseline?

More than Vaseline: I love aquaphor, especially for dry skin associated with venous disease. It contains petrolatum (vaseline) as well as other proprietary ingredients found in eucerin products. ...Read more

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My lips are severely dry and chapped. No ointment I have used is helping. What is the next step? I have used aquaphor, Vaseline, and vaniply

My lips are severely dry and chapped. No ointment I have used is helping. What is the next step? I have used aquaphor, Vaseline, and vaniply

Lip allergy & eczema: Persistent chapped lips is lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using hydrocortisone cream plus Vaseline or Aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes lipsticks or lip sunscreen chemicals are causing an allergic reaction on the lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. Hydrocortisone for 1 wk helps. ...Read more

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Is vaseline a triple antibiotic ointment and can it be used to clean wounds?

Is vaseline a triple antibiotic ointment and can it be used to clean wounds?

NO and NO: Vaseline petrolium jelly is just that and contains no antibiotics. It is not a cleaning agent either. Tao (triple antibiotic ointment) is three antibiotics, neomycin, polymyxin b, and Bacitracin in a petrolium jelly like base. ...Read more

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16mo old son has diarrhea 4 the last 2 days and has caused a terrible rash. Prev medication ointment not working. Aloe & vaseline & powder not fixing?

16mo old son has diarrhea 4 the last 2 days and has caused a terrible rash. Prev medication ointment not working. Aloe & vaseline & powder not fixing?

Zind oxide: Irritative rashes from diarrhea in toddlers ae amongst the most stubborn rashes to cure. Try and get some daily air into that area - let him run around diaperless outside - who cares if he poops or pees on the lawn? Then, a diaper cream that has zinc oxide may be more useful - some brand names: triple paste, butt paste, desitin, or generic zinc oxide. ...Read more

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Nasal passages have been dry and cracked and keep getting worse have tried Vaseline and triple antibiotic ointment. Neither have helped ?

Nasal passages have been dry and cracked and keep getting worse have tried Vaseline and triple antibiotic ointment. Neither have helped ?

Try humidification: Perhaps your environment is too dry. Our homes can have very low humidity in the winter. Try saline sprays intermittently and a cool mist vaporizer at night when sleeping to add back some moisture. Call your physician if you experience pain or bleeding. ...Read more

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Will lip balm like vaseline cause health damage with daily use as i no doubt swallow some of it everyday?

Will lip balm like vaseline cause health damage with daily use as i no doubt swallow some of it everyday?

No: The man who invented vaseline swallowed a tablespoon full of it every day for most of his life. Just to prove that it is safe. He lived into his 90's. ...Read more