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Dr. Philip Miller
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Blistering (Definition)

A blister is a collection of fluid under the epidermis. A blistering rash is one in which ...Read more


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Should I pop my blister, it's very big, and if so can I apply neosporin ointment after because I have no alcohol.

Should I pop my blister, it's very big, and if so can I apply neosporin ointment after because I have no alcohol.

No: Blister is a way for the body to heal the underlying area. Better to determine why the blister occurred and prevent the irritating cause. Popping a blister opens the body to infection, and this can make things a lot worse, especially if it is a viral blister, as this may spread the blistering.
Better to, protect it. ...Read more

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Neosporin ointment available in asia?

Neosporin ointment available in asia?

Triple antibiotic: Neosporin may be available in asia, it really doesn't matter. Just look for a topical ointment that contains all three ingredients found in neosporin. These are neomcin, bacitacin, and polymyxin b. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neosporin ointment allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Neosporin ointment allergy?

Neosporin reaction: The term "allergy" refers to an itchy inflammation that occurs with the use of Neosporin. The actual ingredient inducing this response is neomycin, which can also be found in other medications...so it's impt to become a label-reader. The reaction is usually some degree of erythema (redness), possibly papules (bumps) and edema or swelling. The reaction is present only where product is applied. ...Read more

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Can you use neosporin ointment to treat phimosos instead of using steroids?

Can you use neosporin ointment to treat phimosos instead of using steroids?

Depends: The most common cause of phimosis is recurrent infection/inflammation and this is usually fungal in this area. I find best results with combined anti fungal and steroid cream. In rare instances neosporin could benefit. ...Read more

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Is neosporin ointment comedogenic? Used for pimples.

Is neosporin ointment comedogenic? Used for pimples.

Neosporin: Neosporin ointment is petrolatum based and quite oily. Long term use on the skin is probably unwise and could exacerbate acne. Rather, a cleanser that can eliminate excess oil without drying the skin too much is what would be preferred to treat acne. ...Read more

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What type of uses w/ neosporin ointment?

What type of uses w/ neosporin ointment?

Antibiotic ointment: Used for minor skin injury like a scrape after a fall or a shallow cut. Helps disinfect the area and decreases healing time. ...Read more

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I use neosporin ointment instead of lipbalm when my lips are really chapped and it works. Is this ok to do?

I use neosporin ointment instead of lipbalm when my lips are really chapped and it works. Is this ok to do?

Neomycin: Neosporin contains bacitracin, polymyxin and neomycin. Neomycin is a common allergan so many people react with a contact allergy dermatitis to neosporin. I would recommend using aquaphor lip ointment instead as it almost never causes a problem. ...Read more

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What's the difference between neosporin ointment and gel?

Gels & ointments: Gels are ideal for areas that a person would find embarrassing to put a noticeable ointment because of their quick absorption. Ointments have staying power and can deliver medicine over an extended period to an afflicted area. Both are equally effective in alleviating discomfort. ...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'm 9 weeks pregnant can I use neosporin ointment on cuts at the edge of my lip they are very painful. ..iv applied petroleum jelly but it's of no use?

I'm 9 weeks pregnant can I use neosporin ointment on cuts at the edge of my lip they are very painful. ..iv applied petroleum jelly but it's of no use?

Yes: Yes, you can use neosporin, but why do you have the cuts? Are they blisters? If so, you may need to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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How do I treat a partly healed second degree burn? My husband burned the back of his hands with a sedilien torch a couple weeks ago. We've been treating it with neosporin ointment. It still stings and itches him. What else can I do?

How do I treat a partly healed second degree burn? My husband burned the back of his hands with a sedilien torch a couple weeks ago. We've been treating it with neosporin ointment. It still stings and itches him. What else can I do?

Since: Since the burns involve his hands, you should probably have a doctor look at him. The itching can be part of normal healing, but the stinging is concerning. In the meantime, I've listed some basic burn information below.

There are three burn classifications which will help you know what to do.

1) first degree burn: usually just redness swelling and pain. Unless it involves large areas of the hands, face, groin, feet, buttocks, or major joint, you can treat the area as a minor burn. If the burn does involve the areas listed, you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room. First degree burns may have discoloration of the skin for a few months, but do not usually lead to permanent scars.

2) second degree burn: pain, redness, swelling and blistering. As long as the burn is less than 3 inches wide and doesn't involve the body parts listed above, you can treat it as a minor burn. (it sounds as if your daughter has a small 2nd degree burn) you should call your doctor or go to the emergency room if the burn is larger than 3 inches or involves the body parts listed above.

3) third degree burn: is the most serious and the area may not hurt (from nerve damage) and can appear either black or white and dry. This needs emergent medical attention and you should call 911 or go to the emergency room.

Treatment of minor burns:
1) cool the burn by running it under cold water for 10-15 minutes or applying cold compresses (do not use ice).

2) cover the burn loosely with a gauze

3) take an NSAID such as Ibuprofen for treatment of inflammation and pain relief.

4) do not apply butter or ointments. Do not pop any blisters.

5) keep area clean and dry. Watch for sign and symptoms of infection such as increased redness, swelling, drainage, pain or fever.

6) once the burn has healed completely, the best way to avoid scarring is to keep the area out of the sun for the next 6-12 months. Sun avoidance is the single most effective way to avoid scarring.

Call your doctor with any questions. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to apply neosporin to a blister or irritation on the inside of vaginal lip?

Is it possible for you to apply neosporin to a blister or irritation on the inside of vaginal lip?

Neosporin isn't: Usually recommended - because it's use can set you up for drug sensitivity later on. ...Read more

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Stung by a jellyfish in Columbia 4 days ago. That night a painful rash & huge blister appeared. Taking antihistamine & applying neosporin. What else?

Stung by a jellyfish in Columbia 4 days ago. That night a painful rash & huge blister appeared. Taking antihistamine & applying neosporin. What else?

See below: Jellyfish stings are treated with washing the site, applying ice, giving antihistamines and acetaminophen and keeping the area clean as you are doing. They take a while to heal, so be patient. Prednisone has been used but being four days out will be less helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to put neosporin on an impetigo blister?

Is it possible for me to put neosporin on an impetigo blister?

Neosporin: There is certainly no downside for putting neosporin on an impetigo lesion. Typically, however, a prescription strength antibiotic ointment is prescribed for these lesions. I suggest if you see no improvement in a day or two, to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I use Neosporin on a fever blister?

Can I use Neosporin on a fever blister?

Yes but...: But other than make it moist not do much. There are over the counter preparations that are available but they are symptomatic treatment only. Prescription creams do not do much either...just time they go away. ...Read more

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Can I put neosporin on blisters on forehead?

Neosporin: Hello, yes you can place newsprint on the blisters assuming you are not allergic. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can I put neosporin on a blister inside my vagina?

Can I put neosporin on a blister inside my vagina?

Best to avoid.: This area of the body is very vascular allowing it to heal well. If you have a yeast infection – then use of an antifungal medication for tears would be appropriate. If you were to use neosporin it may lead you to becoming sensitive to the medication. It might also irritate the delicate tissues. If you have blisters get checked for a possible std. ...Read more

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What could/would happen if you pop a burn blister? Is it ok to do if you put neosporin on after? It's annoying. Thanks in advance

What could/would happen if you pop a burn blister? Is it ok to do if you put neosporin on after? It's annoying. Thanks in advance

Risk for infection: The blister prevents the body from getting infected as well as covering nerve endings so you will likely feel more uncomfortable if the blister is popped. Best to take a look in person with your doctor for more advice, burn creams, antibiotics. Good luck ...Read more

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I burned three of my fingers today and it's blistering and a little red also it's been burning for about 2 hours and I have put neosporin what to do?

I burned three of my fingers today and it's blistering and a little red also it's been burning for about 2 hours and I have put neosporin what to do?

THIRD DEGREE BURN: THIRD DEGREE BURN, is when the injury caused damage to the deeper layers resulting in blisters and eventual rupture. You need to be examined and the severity assessed. I usually will start a topical antibiotic like SILVADENE and an oral antibiotic like CEFTIN (cefuroxime). Depending on severity a consult with a BURN SPECIALIST OR PLASTIC SURGEON MAY BE WARRANTED. ...Read more

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I had a friction blister on my penis and popped it without thinking. What should I do to treat it? Neosporin?

I had a friction blister on my penis and popped it without thinking. What should I do to treat it? Neosporin?

Vaseline is better: I would avoid activity that would involve more friction with your penis for at least a week. I would recommend applying vaseline or aquaphor ointment daily. Neosporin might be okay, but I have seen many people have an allergic reaction to Neosporin. Also, it's unusual to get a friction blister on the penis. I would recommend having this evaluated by a dermatologist, especially if this recurs. ...Read more

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Have a couple of popped blisters on my feet from new high heels. Put neosporin on them, but they hurt a lot! Anything I can do to expedite healing?

Throw away the neosp: Neosporin does not prevent infection. It may interfere with healing. It is a common cause for allergic reactions. Avoid friction. Use water to clean and soothe the areas. Lubricate with vaseline or Aquaphor. ...Read more

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I cut my finger and have used bandaids and neosporin on it for 2wks. Now I have tiny blisters around where the bandaid was. What is it & how to treat?

Allergic reaction?: The chance is that you might have reaction to the tape, either it's irritant contact dermattis or allergic contact. But if you stop using it, it would fade. ...Read more

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Burned chest with curling wand. Seconds later purple welt appeared. Put neosporin on & bandaged it up. There are no blisters or blanching. 2 or 3degree?

First degree: If no blisters have formed and the only thing you see is redness on otherwise intact skin, it is considered 1st degree burn. If the top skin layer starts sloughing off forming a blister - 2nd degree. 3rd degree would be much deeper skin tissue involvement and that's not your case. ...Read more

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Am I able to put neosporin on blisters on my genital area? I think I may have genital herpes

Am I able to put neosporin on blisters on my genital area? I think I may have genital herpes

Herpes simplex: If this is really genital herpes you need not be putting neosporin on the area. It should resolve in about 14 days, but if getting worse or you feel poorly might be a good idea to see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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I applied Neosporin to an incision per my doctors instruction. I now have red burning skin that has small oozing blisters. Is there something I can do?

I applied Neosporin to an incision per my doctors instruction. I now have red burning skin that has small oozing blisters. Is there something I can do?

Hard to know: A bit more information would help, but it seems that either a serious infection has developed and you need a course of antibiotics or you have a contact allergic sensitivity to a component of the neosporin (relatively common). Has this happened with neosporin before? If the latter, then topical corticosteroid may help (but it would not if this is an infection). Good luck! ...Read more

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Neosporin Ointment (Definition)

Neosporin ointment is an ocular anti-bacterial which is a ...Read more