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Neosporin First Aid Antibiotic Ointment

If you’ve ever had a minor scrape, cut, or burn, then you’re likely familiar with Neosporin first aid antibiotic ointment. This multipurpose medication is purchasable in Australia and can help speed healing and prevent infection. It is available as an ointment and cream, but not a lotion. There is also a pain relief cream version available for children and adults alike.

Here we’ll discuss everything you need to know about Neosporin, from what it is to how to use it properly. Read on for helpful tips on how to properly care for your wounds.

What is Neosporin?

Neosporin ointment is a combination drug used as a first aid antibiotic to stop infections from spreading to minor skin burns, scrapes, and wounds.

Only bacterial skin infections are prevented or treated by this medicine. Other skin infections, such as those brought on by fungus or viruses, cannot be treated with Neosporin. This medicine may be hazardous if taken orally.

The over-the-counter AUD ointment and its many forms are made up of many active ingredients such as Vitamin E, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate, and many others.

Neosporin stops infections from minor burns, scrapes, and wounds.

Active Ingredients

Neosporin is an antibiotic that kills skin germs. It is a triple antibiotic comprised of the following:

Neomycin Sulfate

An aminoglycoside antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, lungs, blood, and digestive tract. It is also used as infection prevention in people who are having surgery. Neomycin is available as a cream, ointment, solution, and tablet.

Polymyxin B Sulfate

Works by killing the bacteria or preventing them from growing. Polymyxin B is used to treat infections of the skin, lungs, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract. It is also used to treat:

  • Sepsis – is a life-threatening condition that occurs when an infection spreads throughout the body. 
  • Meningitis – inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Polymyxin B is available as a cream, ointment, solution, and tablet. It is usually applied to the skin or taken by mouth three to four times a day.

Bacitracin Zinc

Used to treat minor cuts, scrapes, and burns and works by preventing bacteria from growing and multiplying. This helps to reduce the risk of infection. This, coupled with the previous two ingredients, help the topical antibiotic grant 24-hour infection protection.

HeliDerm

Most if not all Neosporin variants, including Neosporin original ointment and the triple antibiotic ointment, contain HeliDerm technology that produces many benefits to the skin. It is a sting-free formula that heals skin easily by creating a barrier. It also helps to relieve pain and itching, as well as create a nourishing environment for the skin. Consistent application also helps lighten the appearance of scars.

Where Can I Use Neosporin?

Neosporin has a wide range of uses in treatment, including:

Neosporin treats various conditions effectively.

Minor cuts and scrapes

Neosporin can be applied to minor cuts and scrapes to promote healing and prevent infection. As such, it is a great tool to use for wound care. This is best used in conjunction with a sterile bandage to help cover the area after application of the

Burns

Neosporin can be used to treat first-degree burns or superficial second-degree burns. It is important to seek medical attention for more serious burns.

Insect bites

Insect bites, such as those from mosquitoes or bees, can be treated with Neosporin.

Minor skin infections

Treatment for minor skin infections like impetigo with Neosporin is possible. However, it is important to see a doctor for more serious infections.

Preventing infection in wounds

To help lower the risk of infection in wounds, Neosporin can be used as a preventative measure. It is important to clean the wound before applying the ointment.

Surgical incisions

Neosporin can be used on surgical incisions to help prevent infection and promote healing. It is important to follow the doctor’s instructions for the care of the incision.

Diaper rash

Diaper rash is treatable with Neosporin. Clean the area and allow it to dry before applying the ointment.

Cracked lips

Neosporin can also be used to treat cracked lips. It is important to apply a thin layer of ointment to the lips.

Cold sores

Cold sores may be treated with Neosporin. Only apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area.

Sunburn

For the treatment of sunburn, Neosporin can also be used. Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area.

Disclaimers and Warnings

Much like any supplements, medications, and other things recommended by the healthcare industry, there are disclaimers and warnings with Neosporin. An allergic reaction, while rare, is very serious and should be met with immediate medical attention. At the same time, getting this ointment in the eyes may be dangerous.

Read the labels very carefully and follow all instructions that your doctor or healthcare provider relays to you.

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