Triple antibiotic ointment is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication containing neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin antibiotics. These antibiotics work by stopping bacterial growth. OTC medications do not require a prescription. Triple antibiotic ointment is available in most stores that sell first-aid products.
When Should I Use Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
Triple antibiotic ointment helps to avert and treat most minor skin infections that come from small cuts, scratches and scrapes, or minor burns. It is for the skin only. This medication is meant to be used on small areas of the body. 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 prior to using this product for any type of serious skin injury or an infection (e.g., any type of deep cut, animal bites, puncture wounds, or serious burns). Alternative treatments may become necessary for some of these types of conditions. This treatment is not appropriate for infections caused by any type of fungus or virus. Misusing any type of any antibiotic or ointment may lead to it not working as effectively in the future. In addition, do 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 use of this medication.
Can Triple Antibiotic Ointment Be Used on Children?
There is no clear age specification for 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 and all 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 usually well tolerated by most people. Prior to any use of this product, make sure to discuss with your doctor or your pharmacist if you happen to be allergic to bacitracin, neomycin, or polymyxin, or to any aminoglycoside antibiotics (this can include things like amikacin, gentamicin, and also tobramycin). This could contain some inactive ingredients which could cause an allergic reaction, or other similar problems. 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 in order to prevent any interactions with this product.