Whether you should use Polysporin for burns depends on the severity of the burn in question. In many cases, using Polysporin on a first-degree burn will be fine. You should never apply anything to a second-, third-, or fourth-degree burn without checking with your doctor first.

What is Polysporin?

Polysporin is an ointment that combines two antibiotics: Bacitracin and Polymyxin B.  Polysporin does not contain neomycin sulfate, found in the more well-known Neosporin. The manufacturer states that Polysporin helps to prevent or treat infections when used on minor burns.

What are the arguments in favor of using Polysporin on a burn?

Polysporin helps defend your burn wound against dangerous, infection-causing bacteria. It can also promote better healing of the wound. The emollient base of Polysporin can also keep the wound moisturized (critical to healing) and make the burn wound a little less painful.

What are the arguments against using Polysporin on a burn?

As with any treatment, there are arguments for and against. Some of the most popular arguments against using Polysporin include:

  • The widespread use of antibiotics has led to the development of medication-resistant bacteria.
  • The potential for allergic reactions to Bacitracin, Polymixin B, or other ingredients in Polysporin.
  • Because there are no studies on how Polysporin might affect an unborn baby, many caution against using Polysporin during pregnancy.
  • People who are on any medication, prescription or over-the-counter, are advised to check with their doctor before using Polysporin as it can interact with other medications.

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