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What exactly does triple antibiotic protection do?

What exactly does triple antibiotic protection do?

See below: Depending on which illness you are being treated for, the choice of multiple antibiotics increases coverage of the multiple classes and kinds of bacteria that may be involved in your disease process. Also, multiple antibiotics can be used when the particular bacteria is partially resistant to one class but when more than one class is included, the resistance is overcome. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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What is the best triple antibiotic ointment?

What is the best triple antibiotic ointment?

See below: The least expensive one that cures/prevents an infection. ...Read more

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Please explain what does a "triple antibiotic ointment" do?

Please explain what does a "triple antibiotic ointment" do?

Antibacterial: The "Triple" part of the name refers to the fact that the ointment contains three active ingredients: bacitracin, polymyxin, and neomycin. Other antibiotic ointments may have just bacitracin or bacitracin with polymyxin. About 10% of people are allergic to neomycin, so they should avoid products with neomycin if they need an antibiotic ointment for a skin infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to use expired triple antibiotic cream?

Is it possible for me to use expired triple antibiotic cream?

Possible: yes: But, as a physician can not advise you to use it as fda has determined that it may longer be effective after the expiry date. ...Read more

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Using expired triple antibiotic on cuts and causing burning. What do I do?

Using expired triple antibiotic on cuts and causing burning. What do I do?

Get new tube: The burning is probably not from the expired medicine, but get a new tube.
Wash the cuts well and apply fresh medication and dressing. ...Read more

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How do you define a deep cut vs a superficial cut? Triple antibiotic creams say not to use on deep cuts. What exactly does that mean?

How do you define a deep cut vs a superficial cut? Triple antibiotic creams say not to use on deep cuts. What exactly does that mean?

A superficial: Wound involves the skin and adjacent subcutaneous tissues. A deep wound involves underlying fascia, muscles, or other deeper structures. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I am allergic to triple antibiotic cream?

Yes: The cream has neosporin that is known to cause contact allergies. ...Read more

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I just had an abcess lanced and a wick was placed in it should I use triple antibiotic on this while the wick is still in?

I just had an abcess lanced and a wick was placed in it should I use triple antibiotic on this while the wick is still in?

No need: It might not help to heal faster. Follow up with your doctor to remove or repack as needed in your case (generally 24-48 hours). If there is increasing redness, pain or warmth in that area then follow up asap. ...Read more

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Can you use triple antibiotic on your genitals?

Can you use triple antibiotic on your genitals?

Because: It contains neosporin - don't really recommend it as it is easy to develop allergy to this medication. ...Read more

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Does triple antibiotic work on athletes foot?

Does triple antibiotic work on athletes foot?

No!: Need antifungal medication. You can try otc products or rx from podiatrist. ...Read more

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Safe to use triple antibiotic ointment on my skin?

Safe to use triple antibiotic ointment on my skin?

Where else?: Antibiotic ointment is specifically manufactured to be used on skin, so I hope it's safe! ...Read more

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Is vaseline a triple antibiotic ointment and can it be used to clean wounds?

NO and NO: Vaseline petrolium jelly is just that and contains no antibiotics. It is not a cleaning agent either. Tao (triple antibiotic ointment) is three antibiotics, neomycin, polymyxin b, and Bacitracin in a petrolium jelly like base. ...Read more

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Can you apply triple antibiotic to a shallow wound, with no drainage, then cover with with duoderm?

Can you apply triple antibiotic to a shallow wound, with no drainage, then cover with with duoderm?

No: Wound has to breath. If you don't let air exchange you will cause laceration to wound and infection ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can triple antibiotic help bumps on your vagina?

Not enough info.: The cause of the bumps would need to be known to determine if antibiotics might be beneficial. ...Read more

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Can I use triple antibiotic to heal anal fissure?

Can I use triple antibiotic to heal anal fissure?

Probably won't help: Antibiotics don't usually help anal fissures or speed healing. Main treatments are vasodilating ointments (nitroglycerine, nifedipine) and fiber products etc to avoid constipation and keep stools soft. If not under care for your fissure, see your doctor now. Or consult with a proctologist or colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more

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Can triple antibiotic ointment be good for tattoos?

Only if infected: Triple antibiotic ointment is used to treat or prevent skin infections. It is neither good or bad for tatoos. ...Read more

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Will triple antibiotic ointment keep my burn from scaring over?

No: It may prevent secondary infection, but if it is going to scar (usually severe second degree or third degree burns), this will not prevent the scarring. ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any allergies to triple antibiotic ointment?

Can you tell me of any allergies to triple antibiotic ointment?

Yes: TAO containing bacitracin, polymyxin B, and neomycin are widely available OTC and are generally regarded as safe and effective treatments for superficial skin infections. On occasion, these products can lead to allergic reactions ranging from localized contact dermatitis to very rarely life-threatening anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can triple antibiotic ointment cure ringworm?

Can triple antibiotic ointment cure ringworm?

Not needed: There are non-prescription treatments for ring worm.
Consult this site for more information on this topic:
http://www. Cdc. Gov/fungal/diseases/ringworm/treatment. Html

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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you put triple antibiotic ointment on your vagina?

Thanks for asking!: You can, the products to avoid are the ones that contain a steroid since these over time have a tendency to think the skin and this skin is already thin to begin with. Check with your local doctor for more information and help to diagnosis why you are having problems to begin with. ...Read more

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I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

Hole: A larger hole could tasks longer to close. Be sure to wash the area daily - warm bath or shower and let dry. If not improving...closing more each day...check with your doctor ...Read more

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Can I put triple antibiotic ointment in my nose?

Can I put triple antibiotic ointment in my nose?

Ointment in nose: Hello. The topical ointment called triple antibiotic ointment should not be placed within the nasal cavity. I have seen severe inflammatory reactions within the nose after this medication was applied intranasally. The neomycin is usually the culprit. This medication is highly allergenic in some people. See your doctor who can prescribe bactroban intranasal. This should do the job. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is triple antibiotic ointment safe to put on vagina if there are tears?

Not best solution.: 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 an antibiotic ointment it may lead you to becoming sensitive to the medication. It might also irritate the delicate tissues. ...Read more

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Can it make sense to spread neosporin or triple antibiotic ointment over a bloody rash?

No: This is unlikely to help. You need to determine the cause of the skin problem. See your family doc or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had a cyst removed from my chest, I got stitches, why do they say not to use triple antibiotic ointment on it?

I had a cyst removed from my chest, I got stitches, why do they say not to use triple antibiotic ointment on it?

Neomycin?: I can't speak for the person who treated you but I tell my patients to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) (double antibiotic ointment) or Bacitracin (single antibiotic ointment) because there is about a 15% incidence of allergic reaction to the third antibiotic, neomycin. It just saves me the headache of dealing with one more problem. ...Read more

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My burn wounds are healing using triple antibiotic but now they're itchy. What can I use to help with the itchiness?

My burn wounds are healing using triple antibiotic but now they're itchy. What can I use to help with the itchiness?

Sign of Healing: Itching is a sign of healing as the damaged nerve fibers regrow. Using an emollient body cream like Gold Bond (R) may help. For severe itching try Lanacaine. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I feel at work and scraped my body up and one of the cuts is a greenish yellow color. I have put hydrogen peroxide twice and triple antibiotic once.

I feel at work and scraped my body up and one of the cuts is a greenish yellow color. I have put hydrogen peroxide twice and triple antibiotic once.

Greenish yellow pus: That sounds like a localized infection of the abraded area. I would use the triple antibiotic treatment 3x day. If you see redness expanding around the site or if you have worsened pain, fever, or other worrisome symptoms then this small wound infection has moved beyond the 'heal it yourself' stage and you will need to show that to a doc. It sounds superficial so that is encouraging at least. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can triple antibiotic ointment treat an infected burn?

Hello docs. I was wondering can triple antibiotic ointment treat an infected burn?

Burn infection: Possibly, but the best thing that you can do is to see a doctor and make sure that this is no more than a superficial problem. ...Read more