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Dr. Scott Keith
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Polysporin (Overview)

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


Dr. Scott Keith
73 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

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I have a dry circular rash on my chest. It doesn't itch. I've put Polysporin on it for a week, but it's still there.

I have a dry circular rash on my chest. It doesn't itch. I've put Polysporin on it for a week, but it's still there.

See a dermatologist: Throw away the polysporin. It is useless and often causes allergic reactions. Begin with a definition of whatever you have. The most reliable route to this is through a skin specialist. ...Read more

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Should I take my ring out clean everything put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on the wound and then put the ring back in?

Should I take my ring out clean everything put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on the wound and then put the ring back in?

If your Piercing has: become infected, you want to take it out and see a doctor, hospital ED, or walk in clinic to have the infection treated. Allow the piercing to close and give the site a few months to heal completely before having the piercing redone. If you try to continue the ring will never allow the infection to clear and you risk spreading infection and the scarring and sloughing of the tissue in that area. ...Read more

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Do polysporin and Neosporin affect mirena (levonorgestrel)?

Do polysporin and Neosporin affect mirena (levonorgestrel)?

No FX of antibiotic: The Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD is one of the BEST forms of birth control available, it lasts 5 years, is ~99.5% effective, and thins the uterine lining so that you get lighter periods. 20% of women will stop having periods after 1 year and that's perfectly healthy. Effects in the uterus and so it won't affect or be affected by other medicadtion; very safe method; biggest risk after insertion is expulsion (1-2%). ...Read more

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Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or calendula ointment better?

Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or calendula ointment better?

For what problem?: Without knowing what you're treating, it's hard to say which would be "better." polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains synthetic antibiotics, Bacitracin and polymyxin. Calendula ointment is from the marigold plant, calendula officinalis. It's been traditionally used in minor skin wounds: skin infections, burns, bee stings, sunburn, warts, etc. Most research comes from animal studies. http://tinyurl.com/lapg2kq. ...Read more

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What should I use if i'm allergic to polysporin and neosporin and bactroban (mupirocin).?

What should I use if i'm allergic to polysporin and neosporin and bactroban (mupirocin).?

Neosponrin allergy: That is three different items sold for topical use or eye or ear use. Your doctor has substitures if you need them for these areas. ...Read more

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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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Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

First degree?: It does not matter how the burn occurred, but the depth and magnitude of the burn. If it's a first degree burn, polysporin is fine. If it is a more severe second degree burn or a large area, best you see a doc for prescription medicine like silvadene, (silver sulfadiazine) which is better coverage for bacteria that are likely to complicate burn healing. Keep areas clean, but don't overdo it and cause more irritation. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Bacitracin And Polymyxin (Definition)

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