Dr. Matt Zirwas, MD, FAAD

Physician (MD, DO)


Dermatologic Surgery,
General Dermatology

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Bexley Dermatology
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Bexley, Ohio 43209 [MAP]
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Bacitracin Allergy

Allergy testing has shown that you are sensitive to BACITRACIN.  This means that you may develop a rash when products that contain BACITRACIN contact your skin.

The main use of BACITRACIN is in antibacterial skin creams and ointments, such as “Neosporin” and “Polysporin” and generic forms of these products called “Triple Antibiotic Ointment” and “Double Antibiotic Ointment”.

BACITRACIN is also used in some eyedrops, eye ointments, and ear drops.

BACITRACIN is not used in “regular” products like soap, shampoo, conditioner, or moisturizer.

You should do the following:

  • Tell all healthcare providers that you are allergic to BACITRACIN.
  • Carefully check the ingredient list of any cream or ointment that says “Antibacterial” or “Antibiotic” anywhere on the box, tube, or bottle.
  • Avoid any product that has the word “BACITRACIN” in the ingredient list.  Examples include:
    • “Neosporin” and “Polysporin”
    • “Triple Antibiotic Ointments” and “Double Antibiotic Ointments”

If you have applied any products that contain BACITRACIN to your skin, they may have contaminated shoes, socks, clothing, or gloves. If these contaminated items contact your skin, they will cause a rash.

It is safe to use the following if you get a cut you are worried about getting infected:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Bactine Original Liquid
  • Foille Medicated First Aid Ointment
  • Betadine Liquid
  • Camphophenique Pain Relieving Antiseptic Liquid