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Dr. Al Hegab
72 doctors shared insights

Polysporin (Overview)

Polysporin is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


Dr. Al Hegab
72 doctors shared insights

Polysporin (Overview)

Polysporin is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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What's the difference between neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

What's the difference between neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Neomycin: Neosporin contains bacitracin, polymyxin and neomycin. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains just the first 2 of these. Neomycin is a common allergan so many people react with a contact allergy dermatitis to neosporin. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Neosporin: While, it may possibly be of some benefit, there is no documented proof that topical ointments such as neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) increase healing. Most important is to keep the site clean and ti keep it covered. ...Read more

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I use vaseline, but it doesn't go away, is it safe to put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on your lips?

I use vaseline, but it doesn't go away, is it safe to put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on your lips?

Sometimes: Using topical polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) in small quantities on a lip lesion that is or may become infected is usually safe, but ir is important to avoid licking it an minimize ingestion. Systemic antibiotics taken by mouth is probably preferable. See your doctor if healing does not occur. ...Read more

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I have read lots on this, but is it really that dangerous to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) inside the nostrils?

I have read lots on this, but is it really that dangerous to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) inside the nostrils?

No, not at all: It is not a problem. I frequently have my patients use antibiotic ointment in their nostrils. The only thing i caution them about is neomycin which can cause significant reactions. ...Read more

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I've been applying polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) to my facial cystic acne which hasnt healed in months. Within days my face has cleared! is this ok?Negative effects?

I've been applying polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) to my facial cystic acne which hasnt healed in months. Within days my face has cleared! is this ok?Negative effects?

It's OK, but...: There are better topical antibiotics than polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) to use on cystic acne. I'm glad for you that it has worked initially. My bigger concern, though, is that it won't work for very long. That particular antibiotic combination may lead to resistance in the bacteria present in your pores, and in a month or two not be effective anymore. There are better topical antibiotics that lessen this chance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Bacitracin And Polymyxin (Definition)

Bacitracin|polymyxin is a topical ...Read more