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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

Dr. Sewa Legha
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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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Is neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) safe to use for cuts and scrapes in pregnancy? If not, an alternative ointment?

Is neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) safe to use for cuts and scrapes in pregnancy? If not, an alternative ointment?

Cuts and Scrapes: Antibiotics are used for infections. These products you mention are safe in pregnancy, but are they necessary for just simple cuts and scrapes? Probably not. Good cleaning with clean bandages may be all you need for an uninfected cut. ...Read more

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Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze ? How do I know it's not infected ? Ty!

Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze ? How do I know it's not infected ? Ty!

Wound: Yes, you can. The signs of infection - pain, drainage, usually milky white, green or yellow, swelling which is worsening, redness which is worsening or not getting better. If none of those are present, yes, you can go ahead and put an antibiotic ointment and either let it air dry or cover with a dressing (bandade). If the symptoms above are present and it's getting worse, see doc. ...Read more

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My left eye started twitching off and on three daysago. Have tried tears have tried polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye ointment. Bottom iinside lid bit red.Stress?

My left eye started twitching off and on three daysago. Have tried tears have tried polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) eye ointment. Bottom iinside lid bit red.Stress?

Yes: Stress and fatigue are the main causing factors. There are no drops or ointment that can stop the twitching, while it is true that irritation of the lids and cornea can cause this, you have tried these with no results. ...Read more

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I kept picking at a zit in between my breasts not its slightly infected is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) 3 antibiotic safe or a overdose?

I kept picking at a zit in between my breasts not its slightly infected is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) 3 antibiotic safe or a overdose?

Not effective.: Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is a topical antibiotic. The infection is under your skin. If it is draining already then warm compresses several time/day should suffice. If it is spreading and or you develop fever or signs of a body wide infection you should seek help immediately. and antibiotics ...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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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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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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