Ten secrets about Neosporin

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#3: Don't use Neosporin on fresh burns!
Did you just get a burn? Don't use Neosporin right away. Many
preppers are surprised to learn that you shouldn't apply
Neosporin on a fresh burn. The packaging says use is for "first aid
to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns." If it's
on the package, then why shouldn't you use Neosporin on burns?

This is because the ointment will actually trap the heat and the
objective is to first reduce the heat on the skin. The proper use
of Neosporin is for helping your skin hea.

The package also warns "Always ask a doctor before use if you
have deep or puncture wounds, animal bites or serious burns."

Because a burn emergency can strike at any time inside or
outside the homestead, preppers should set up a burn station to
help deal with the problem of burns. Before we get started, it's
good to review the top source of burn accidents...

#4: Neosporin heals scars.
While Neosporin provides long-lasting protection against
infection, it may help minimize the appearance of scars!
Neosporin's patented technology provides the building blocks
injured skin needs to quickly repair itself and regain a normal,
healthy appearance.

Got stitches? Remember to apply the Neosporin. To use, apply a
small amount of the first-aid antibiotic ointment to the affected
area one to three times daily.

#5: Neosporin can help loosen a splinter!
After digging for a splinter to remove the last vestigages, you
may find yourself frustrated and need a break. One way to both
help loosen the tiny stick for later and ensure that you won't get
an infection while it's still stuck in you is to smother it in
Neosporin, then loosely wrap it with a bandage to wait it out.

Mind you it's not good to wait for the splinters to spontaneously
extrude themselves if you have some Neosporin handy, but it is
an option for those pesky splinters on little ones who have had
enough. The Neosporin will act overnight to help you fight the
potential infection and even assist in easing the pain. It may be
just what you need to get the splinter out when you try again.

As with all piercing wounds, talk with your physician to verify
your immunity status with Tetanus. You might need a booster
even with a splinter.

#6: Neosporin will help heal a hang nail.
A surprising use of Neosporin is for your hang nails.Hang nails
are the skin tears that happen when the colder weather sets in.
Neosporin is a moist solution and a good remedy for healing hang
nails that get inflamed and irritated. To use for a hangnail, apply
a small amount of the first-aid antibiotic ointment to the affected
area one to three times daily. Cover the area with a bandage for
extra protection. Keep an eye on the hangnail, especially one
that has an infection.

  • Know when an infection finger is dangerous. When an
    infection lingers around the finger it's called a paronychia.
    The Survival Doctor, Dr. Jaems Hubbard, gives some tips on
    what to do for that condition as well as what to do with
    something called a felon, which is another type of infection
    in the finger that's even more dangerous.

#7: Don't use Neosporin on a baby!
Babies have a particular sensitivity to Neosporin. As it might
cause an allergic reaction, it's better to just irrigate a wound and
us Aquaphor instead. Aquaphor is a safe healing ointment for
babies. Dermatologist recommended, you can use Aquaphor to  
treat dry, cracked skin, chapped lips, cracked cuticles and dry feet
and heels. It's uniquely formulated with 41% Petrolatum to allow
oxygen to flow and help heal the skin. It's a skin protectant
ointment with Panthenol and Glycerin to moisturize, nourish and
protect the skin to enhance healing.

Give it a try! Not only does Aquaphor protect and help relieve
chapped, dry, cracked or irritated skin and lips, but it protects
your skin from the drying effects of wind and cold weather.

#8: Neosporin is good for wounds, not acne.
You'll run across all sorts of bloggers who swear by it: Neosporin
is great for acne. Well, they're wrong! You may think it very
logical to use Neosporin to treat acne. After all, acne is caused
by bacteria and it seems Neosporin fills the bill, but Neosporin is
actually an antibiotic, and not an antibacterial.There is a subtle

  • An Antibiotic is an agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a

Should you use Neosporin to treat acne? The short answer is no.
Given that Neosporin is not an antibacterial, it's not good for zits
because zits are caused by bacteria and not microorganisms. So
why do bloggers continue to press the idea? This is because you
can use Neosporin on the pimples which you have picked and
scratched at. Now the pimple becomes a wound. Again, it won't
work on the acne, but it will work on the wound created on top of
the acne!

There are other more complicated reasons why a triple antibiotic
ointment won't work for your acne. For example, Polymyxin B
Sulfate is made to fight gram-negative bacteria, but acne is a
gram positive bacteria. But the main reason why you don't want
to use Neosporin on your acne is because if you use them too
regularly you may become antibacterial resistant.

What's more, the other ingredients, like olive oil and cottonseed
oil are definitely not good for acne. They'll clog your pores and
cause worse breakouts!

#9: It's okay to use Neosporin on Pets too.
A surprising use of Neosporin is for your cat or dog. You can use
Neosporin on your pets if you ensure they can't lick off the
medicine. Below are some tips...

  • Is Neosporin Safe for your dog? Dr. James Hornbuckle of
    Golden Isles Animal Hospital, says yes, with the caveat of
    wiping off excess ointment and placing a bandage over the
    wound so your dog doesn't lick and ingest the medicien.

  • Can Neosporin be used on cats? Use Neosporin on cats and
    kittens, but as with use of Neosporin on dogs, it's important
    to make sure your pet doesn't ingest. To prevent a cat from
    ingesting, wipe off the excess ointment and place a bandage
    over the wound.

If you suspect your pet has accidentally ingested the medicine,
call the vet immediately for support to consult about your poison
control options.

#10: Heal Eczema with Neosporin.
Try three simple ingredients for your Eczema. Apply Neosporin
with Jojoba Oil and your favorite moisturizer.

Try also the
Neosporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing
Cream, which is without antibiotics. This daily moisturizing cream
helps protect and relieve minor skin irritation and itching from
mild eczema and rashes and restore visibly healthier skin. Using
the RELIPID formula, containing lipid, humectant, emollient, and
a botanical blend, this cream helps you retain the moisture
necessary for healthier-looking skin. It is clinically proven to
restore visibly healthier skin in three days, and relieve dry, itchy
skin due to eczema on contact. With colloidal oatmeal to
temporarily protect and relieve skin irritation, this steroid-,
fragrance- and antibiotic-free cream gently soothes skin. Simply
apply as needed. It's gentle and effective.

More things to know about Neosporin:

Use up the expired Neosporin!
Neosporin is on the list of things that expire that you might not
expect to expire. Even so,
Consumer Reports says it's okay to
use your Neosporin if it's within a year of the manufacturer's
expiration date.

How can you make your Neosporin last longer?
Store your Neosporin (or Polysporin) in a cool, dry place if
possible and avoid direct sunlight. The Neosporin in your
medicine cabinet will last much longer than the Neosporin that's
in your hot car with the first aid kit.

  • Store at 68 degrees to 77 degrees

Don't have any Neosporin handy?
Use Vick's VapoRub as an improvised replacement for Neosporin
to help accelerate the healing process in much the same way.
Because Vick's VapoRub has also helps protect against germs and

As with all medicines, keep out of reach of children. If swallowed,
get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.
Another final note of warning is that you should not use the
product for more than a week at a time unless under the advise
of a physician.

Happy endings...
Neosporin is the original first-aid antibiotic ointment that's good
to have handy in an emergency. The open air is not best for a
wound because it could cause further irritation and infection from
bacteria. Use Neosporin, but use it wisely!

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Prepper secrets about Neosporin

Ten things a prepper needs to know about Neosporin:
Neosporin is the "go to" ointment for your family's cuts and
scrapes. Not only is it powerful against three of the most common
skin bacteria, but it provides 24-hour infection protection.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone should take note of
tiny cuts, especially on hands.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, everyone should take note of
tiny cuts, especially on hands. With all that washing, you're
bound to get a few nicks and cuts.

This mighty jelly is useful in first aid, but preppers have a few
secrets to impart about Neosporin and some surprises...

Prepping Secrets of Neosporin
It's the familiar brand of clear jelly that treats infections and
promotes healing that has a humble and important place in your
first aid kit.
Neosporin is a triple antibiotic medicine with some
surprising uses and a few secrets.

#1: Neosporin is a fire accelerant.
One of the most unusual uses of Neosporin is in firestarting!
Neosporin is a fire accelerant. In a survival situation, you can turn
to Neosporin to start a fire and survive a bitter cold night. The
secret ingredient is petroleum, which serves as fuel for your fire.

Now you can't start a fire with Neosporin alone. Neosporin won't
light without tinder. Look for tinder, or the fluffy stuff that will
help get your fire going. Tinder can be anything in the wild that's
light and airy, like dried moss, cat tails, tree bark, or even dried
fungi. You can also make your own tinder from pencil shavings or
use cotton balls, lint or paper as tinder.

To use Neosporin as an accelerant, you'll need to apply the
ointment to tinder and then use a match, a lighter or other
firestarter to ignite it. The purpose of the accelerant is to make it
easier to start your fire, such as under high winds or moist
conditions when you need a little extra help.

Put some
Neosporin packets in your bugout bag as a multiuse
survival item. Tuck the Neosporin packets just about everywhere
from the first aid kits in your car, office and home to your day
bag, bicycle bag or purse.

#2: Neosporin isn't for everyone.
Neosporin is the mom-trusted ointment that has three separate
antibacterial agents: neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin.An
obvious use of Neosporin is for first aid, but beware that
Neosporin is not for everyone. Why not to use Neosporin?

  • Microbe health: For starters, man-made antibiotics can have
    a significant impact on the good microbes living on your skin.
    The day will come when you'll could have a resistance to
    topical antibiotics. Over the counter topical antibiotics have
    contributed to the rise of MRSA (superbug) infections.
    Because it may reduce the efficacy of antibiotics if a MRSA
    infection were to occur, you should limit both topical and oral
    antibiotics. Alternatively, you can try Vick's VapoRub,
    Vaseline or essential oils, such as lavender essential oil.

  • Allergies. Some people are allergic to Neosporin. This
    ointment contains the antibiotics bacitracin, neomycin, and
    polymixin B. The inactive ingredients include coco butter,
    cottoneseed oil, olive oil, sodium pyruvate, Vitamin E, White
    petrolatum. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients you
    might get a rash or other allergic reaction.

Are you allergic to Neosporin?

  • Try Polysporin. If you have sensitive skin, try Polysporin
    instead of Neosporin as it's less likely to develop an allergy
    to it. You'll find it work just as well as Neosporin as an
    ointment that prevents infections of minor wounds such as
    cuts, scrapes, blisters, nicks and scratches. All of the ideas
    about Neosporin on this page, also apply to Polysporin.

  • Try Medihoney. If you want a more natural dressing try
    medihoney. Medihoney is an excellent burn and wound
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