Compare Silvadene vs. Polysporin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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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.

Upsides
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  • 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.
Downsides
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  • 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).
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Ointment
  • Powder
Price
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Side effects
The Silvadene (Silver Sulfadiazine) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
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  • Skin rash
  • Use only on your skin
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