Triple antibiotic ointment is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication containing neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin antibiotics. These antibiotics work by stopping bacterial growth and do not require a prescription. Triple antibiotic ointment is available in most stores that sell first-aid products.
Triple antibiotic ointment helps to prevent and treat most minor skin infections that come from small cuts, scratches, scrapes, or minor burns. It is meant to be used on the small areas of the skin and is for external use only. It is only appropriate for the prevention and treatment of skin infections that are a result of bacteria. It won’t work for any other type of skin infection. Please read all instructions on the product packaging before using for proper dispensing, dosing, and warnings.
When Should I NOT Use Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
Triple antibiotic ointment should not be used over any large portion of the body. You should always speak with your doctor before using this product for any type of serious skin injury or infection (e.g., any type of deep cut, animal bites, puncture wounds, or serious burns). Triple antibiotic ointments and creams are not appropriate for infections caused by any type of fungus or virus. Misusing any type of antibiotic or ointment may lead to it not working as effectively in the future. You should not use triple antibiotic ointment if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed on the product packaging.
During pregnancy, use of this medication should be discussed with your doctor, including the risks and benefits. It should only be used during pregnancy when clearly needed. It is not known if triple antibiotic ointment passes into breast milk. Breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using this medication.
Can Triple Antibiotic Ointment Be Used on Children?
There is no clear age specification for the use of triple antibiotic ointment. It is best to consult a physician before applying it to your child in any instance. Your doctor should be informed of any medications your child is taking to avoid any drug interactions. For example, using triple antibiotic ointment with hydrocortisone cream may mask symptoms of an allergic reaction.
Can Triple Antibiotic Ointment Cause an Allergic Reaction?
Triple antibiotic ointment is widely used and usually safe to use for most people. Before using this product, make sure to talk with your doctor or your pharmacist if you happen to be allergic to bacitracin, neomycin, or polymyxin. If you are unsure if you are allergic to any of the product's ingredients, you should consult a doctor before using it. Before using triple antibiotic ointment, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist about all medications you currently take to prevent any interactions with this product.