Bacitracin Ointments

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Bacitracin ointments are topical antibiotic treatments. They are used to prevent infection and speed healing in minor cuts, scrapes and burns. Some bacitracin ointments are infused with other antibiotics to enhance their infection fighting power. Still others others add ingredients known to fight scars and promote skin health.

Simple bacitracin ointments are by themselves powerful infection fighters. They may range in price from cheap to expensive depending on the manufacturer, but by and large all bacitracin ointments contain the same ingredients. All are excellent first aid ointments.

Combo Bacitracin Ointments

Double antibiotic ointments typically combine bacitracin with polymyxin B sulfate, increasing its strength against infection. Triple antibiotic ointments take bacitracin and polymyxin B sulfate and throw in neomycin--creating essentially a dream team of infection fighting power. Some bacitracin ointments on the market today, in addition to being double or triple strength, are infused with skin healing and scar preventing ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin e, and cocoa butter.

New packaging designs are available too, to help keep the medicine in a sterile state. With tubes, the tube tip must stay sterile in order for the medicine within to maintain its ultimate efficacy. New packaging designs include individual foil packages. Any time you need first aid ointment, you simply pull one package, rip it open and use it, without any worries about having to maintain a sterile tube tip. Another advantage to this packaging design is that you can put bacitracin ointment foils in your purse, in the car, in the kitchen--anywhere you might need to have first aid handy--without having to buy multiple tubes.

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