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How can an antibiotic cream or ointment help with treating your wound?

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Over-the-counter skin antibiotics, like Neosporin or Polysporin, help keep the skin moist and ward off infection. It’s not always necessary to use these if you have a minor cut or scrape. But applying a thin layer can boost your body’s natural healing process and reduce scarring. Doctors may recommend using a topical antibiotic if you have burn blisters that break open.

Some people are allergic to certain ingredients in these products. Stop using the cream or ointment if a rash appears.

From: How Should I Clean a Wound? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

SOURCES:

Intermountain Healthcare: “Chronic Wounds.”

Mayo Clinic: “Cuts and Scrapes: First Aid,” “Burns: First Aid.”

Familydoctor.org: “First Aid: Cuts, Scrapes, and Stitches.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Skin Injury.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 30, 2019

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