Compare Polysporin vs. bacitracin

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Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B)

Over-the-counter

bacitracin

Over-the-counter
Helps prevent skin infections in small cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is a cheap over-the-counter antibacterial ointment that helps prevent skin infections in small cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

bacitracin is an effective over-the-counter, first-line infection prevention in minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.

Upsides
  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is available over-the-counter and as a generic.
  • It helps prevent skin infections from forming in small cuts, scrapes, or burns.
  • It is easy to use and causes few side effects.
  • bacitracin is available OTC and is inexpensive.
  • Works well as a first-line medicine to kill bacteria in minor wounds.
Downsides
  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) can only be used for small cuts, scrapes, or burns. It can’t be used for large and serious skin infections, deep wounds or cuts, animal bites, or serious burns.
  • It might cause a skin rash in some people.
  • You need to wash your hands before and after using Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B).
  • Cannot be used if you have deep or large wounds.
Used for
  • Prevention of infection
Dosage forms
  • Ointment
  • Powder
  • Ointment
Price
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$48.36
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Side effects
The Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The bacitracin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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