What is the difference between triple antibiotic ointment and bacitracin?

What is the difference between triple antibiotic ointment and bacitracin?

If you only have one on hand, for the most part these two can be used interchangeably. Triple antibiotic ointment may be used as a general aid if you want to treat a cut before it can be infected by bacteria. It is better at killing off all bacteria because it contains more ingredients. In contrast, bacitracin is better used if there is already bacterial activity that you want to die down.

From an ingredient standpoint, triple antibiotic ointment contains bacitracin. It also contains neomycin and polymyxin. Bacitracin is just bacitracin.

It is also worth noting however that neosporin (neomycin) can cause more allergic reactions than bacitracin.

Call a doctor if you are unsure.

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Triple antibiotic ointment or bacitracin

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