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Antibiotic Creams
Over-the-Counter

Polysporin

Polysporin is frequently recommended by physicians as a safe antibiotic ointment or cream. Apply as directed on the label. Neomycin is also an available antibiotic ointment, but 20% of the population is allergic to neomycin, one of the active ingredients in Neosporin.

If you are using any antibiotic ointment and a rash appears, stop using the ointment and contact your physician if necessary.

Treatment for small cuts

Most small cuts will heal with the following measures:

  • Cleanse w/water under pressure

  • Stop any bleeding by applying direct pressure to the wound,

  • Apply a thin layer of antibiotic ointment to the wound

  • Keep the wound covered with a clean, dry dressing. Change the dressing everyday. Keep the dressing from becoming saturated with water as it will cause the wound to become macerated and heal more slowly.  Also, wounds that are left open to air will dry out and heal more slowly.   

  • If you're allergic to the adhesive used in most bandages, try adhesive-free dressings or use sterile gauze pads held in place with paper tape, gauze roll or a loosely applied elastic bandage.

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Written by N Thompson, MSN, ARNP Last updated October 2006

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