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Triple Antibiotic Extra Medication
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
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
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
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
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 us asap. ...Read more
OK - not needed.: Would be ok, but not necessary. Mucous membranes heal quite well on their own. ...Read more
Just about equal: Personal preference.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
I have a rip on the inside of my clitoris. i have been keeping it clean & put triple antibiotic ointment on it twice a day. is this the best to do?
Not enough info.: The cause of the bumps would need to be known to determine if antibiotics might be beneficial. ...Read more
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 a care for your fissure, see your doctor now. Or consult with a proctologist or colon and rectal surgeon. ...Read more
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
I asked about a burn a few days ago.I went to see a g.P.Was told to use a triple antibiotic gel than air dry.Why not bandage it to keep it clean.
Check out this: Links.Take care! http://www.Nytimes.Com/2006/08/01/health/01real.Html?_r=0 http://www.Webmd.Com/a-to-z-guides/wound-care-10/.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My burn wounds are healing using triple antibiotic but now they're itchy. What can I use to help with the itchiness?
Could not necessarily help much (if at all). Is it okay to put triple antibiotic ointment on q-tips to lightly put into my nose?
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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