Neosporin is a topical antibiotic ointment that can be used to treat cuts and scrapes. It is made from the same ingredients as prescription antibiotics, but it is not as strong.
Neosporin will not work on infections inside your body (like strep throat), but it can help prevent infection if you have a cut on the surface of your skin.
Neosporin is safe for adults and children over 2 months old. However, there are some side effects that can occur when you use this medicine. These include:
Allergic reactions – See an allergist if you have an allergic reaction after using Neosporin. Symptoms may include swelling in your face or lips; itching; hives; rash; difficulty breathing; feeling dizzy or fainting; hoarseness; tightness in the chest; or shortness of breath.
Bruising – Some people bruise more easily after using Neosporin because it reduces blood flow to the affected area, which can make bruising more likely to occur. Bruising usually goes away within two weeks after stopping treatment with Neosporin, but it can take longer depending on how long you were taking this medication before noticing bruising.
Last modified: August 14, 2022