Daily OTC Pearl: Neosporin

Neosporin prevents/treats only bacterial skin infections.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Neosporin

Indication: Neosporin helps prevent infection of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.


  • Neosporin is available without a prescription for self-medication.
  • Do not use this product over large areas of the body.
  • This product contains neomycinbacitracin, and polymyxin, which are antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria.
  • This medication prevents/treats only bacterial skin infections.
  • It will not work for other types of skin infections (e.g., infections caused by fungi, viruses).
  • Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
  • Application is usually 1 to 3 times a day to the affected area.