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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Bacitracin And Polymyxin (Definition)

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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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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'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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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

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Would polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) help heal the cuts on my thigh faster?

Would polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) help heal the cuts on my thigh faster?

Healing: No. They may prevent infection. But they do nothing to cause nature to change the way it heals a wound in your body. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Neosporin xpolyspori: There is a difference, neosporin is one antibiotic ointment. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is antibiotic but, is a mixture of few antibiotic products. ...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 have been putting polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a burn for the past 3-4 days. Just realized it expired in 2007/2008. Is this in any way dangerous?

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): The outdated polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) will not hurt you and will be fine to use. Many expiration dates are not scientifically valid. Think of it as an expiration date on a bar of soap. ...Read more

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I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

Tdap Booster: I would agree that you should continue to apply antibiotic ointment, and keep the puncture wound clean. IF an infection were to occur, you would begin to notice redness or your skin, warmth, selling, and tenderness usually within 48 hours of the puncture.
If you do not recall when you last has a Tetanus shot/booster, you should get one of these. Tetanus shot is abbreviated as either Td or Tdap ...Read more

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Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Leech bite: Not sure what you mean by work. First take the leech off. Then clean and then polysporin is reasonable. ...Read more

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Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

For a second-degree: ... Burn, keep the wound clean and apply a topical antibiotic ointment (e.g., polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) bacitracin, neosporin, triple-antibiotic ointment). Also be sure to get good nutrition so that you have all the necessary building blocks for wound healing. If the wound is not healing soon (i.e., in 1 to 2 weeks), or if it seems like it is getting infected, seek formal medical attention. ...Read more

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Do you have to have a prescription for polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eyedrops?

Do you have to have a prescription for polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eyedrops?

In the U.S., yes: Might be different in other countries, but in the U.S., the answer is yes, you need a prescription. There are many causes of eye irritation and you really don't want to be putting antibiotic drops in your eyes unless infection is truly the cause of your problem. Don't take a chance with your vision! ...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 experienced a cat bite yesterday. The site is red and slightly swollen. What should I do other than applying Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)?

I experienced a cat bite yesterday. The site is red and slightly swollen. What should I do other than applying Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)?

Cat bite: Cat bites are very serious and cause a generalized skin infection which if untreated will cause the blood to become infected. Treatment of systemic infection can require intravenous antibiotic therapy and possibly hospitalization. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION IMMEDIATELY to get started on the appropriate antibiotics to prevent extension of the infection. ...Read more

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I have a scrape on my face for 1 week now and it hasn't healed yet. It doesn't hurt but itches bad, what should I do? Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) made it worse

I have a scrape on my face for 1 week now and it hasn't healed yet. It doesn't hurt but itches bad, what should I do? Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) made it worse

Allergy to polyspori: Allergies to antibiotics applied to skin wounds is common. Bacitracin, neosporin, polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin), (bacitracin and polymyxin) triple antibiotic are all common sensitizers. They are also useless. Also avoid peroxide, alcohol, iodine, tea tree oil, and all herbal or "natural" products. WATER is helpful. You can lubricate with vaseline or Aquaphor. When you stop polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) it should stop itching and heal in 5- 10 days. ...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'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?

I'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): That would be perfectly fine. There are no known problems with this, and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) and neosporin are not penicillins. ...Read more

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I got hurt on my cheek what should I do / use so I don't scar? : (! I'm using polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)

I got hurt on my cheek what should I do / use so I don't scar? : (! I'm using polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)

Wound Care: If the wound is not large and the edges have came apart. You can use butterfly bandages to align the edges. Then use a topical antibiotic like neosporin, polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Cover the wound twice a day with the antibiotic and keep it covered with a bandaid large enough to cover the wound... But get a cool bandaid, they come in all sizes, shapes, colors, and some have antibiotic already on them. ...Read more

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Accidentally swallowed about a drop of polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) original antibiotic cream. Will anything happen to me?

No: But note that this product is probably of no use. It may cause allergic reactions. Thus you should avoid using polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) neosporin, bacitracin, or triple antibiotic on wounds or injuries. Severe allergies have caused a few deaths. If you were that sensitive you would not be asking this question: you would be on the floor. ...Read more

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