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Throw it away: Polysporin is not a useful product. Worse, it is a common cause of allergic reactions. EXACTLY why would you use it? ...Read more
Usually works best: when used in conjunction with oral antibiotics. ...Read more
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.
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Yes: You clean a wound before you do anything else to it except atop excess bleeing. ...Read more
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
You need a Rx: Depends on the type of infection you are treating. For staph, an rx ointment can be used. ...Read more
Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?
I have read lots on this, but is it really that dangerous to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) inside the nostrils?
I mistakenly put compound w gel on a wound with stitches instead of polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). What can I do now?
I cut my self deep with the razor and been treatin the wound with polysporin+gauze+alcohol and it look like it has pus. How do I know it infect?
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After extensive cryotherapy in the perianal area, is it ok to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin)?
Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): It should be.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on clitoral area? Vigorous stimulation has caused pain and likely small cuts morning after. How can I heal this?
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
If you cut yourself shaving your private parts, is it ok to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on it?
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
I'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sores on vagina 4 or 6 at a time, small pits hurt. two weeks heal. Not herpes. 1doc exams says polysporin, other says group b strep no tests/exam..?
List is long: The differential diagnosis includes Behcet's, Lipschitz's, Crohn's, herpes, a bunch of others, and "idiopathic" aphthae. I never heard of strep B doing this, and shotgun treatment with polysporin doesn't clarify the cause. Here's a good read to get you started https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamadermatology/fullarticle/711867 ...Read more
I got contact dermatitis on face/cheeks from polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) and stopped using it. What can I do to make it heal faster and relieve the itch.
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