Neosporin For Dogs – What You Need To Know About This Antibiotic
What Is Neosporin?
Nepsorin is a topical antibiotic used for treating wounds, cuts and scrapes. It is widely available over the counter (OTC) in many pharmacies. Its main use is to treat minor skin infections such as boils or insect bites. However, it is also commonly used for other purposes such as wounds caused by insects or animals.
The active ingredient in neomycin is called N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide (DEET). DEET acts on certain types of bacteria to kill them. These bacteria include Staphylococcus aureus (strep throat), Streptococcus pyogenes (pyogenic staph infection), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (fungal skin infection) and Acinetobacter baumannii (bacteria that cause food poisoning).
How Does It Work On Wounds?
When neomycin comes into contact with infected tissue, it kills the germs causing the infection. It achieves this by stopping the bacteria from producing the proteins they need to survive. Without these proteins, bacteria die within a few hours.
Neosporin also acts as an anti-inflammatory drug, this reduces pain and swelling. It also prevents the body from further damaging damaged skin when it is damaged as a result of an infection. So through reducing pain and inflammation it speeds up healing time and helps new skin grow back more quickly.
When Should You Use It?
As mentioned above, you can use it on open wounds or skin infection. It is important that you buy a product which contains neomycin, as this is the only ingredient that can kill bacteria. If the wound is very large or deep, you should see a doctor immediately. They may recommend that you use this product in addition to an appropriate course of antibiotics.
How Do You Use It?
If you are using this product at home, follow the instructions given on the packaging. You should also read the patient information leaflet that comes with the product.
A course of treatment with this product normally lasts five days. During this course of treatment, you should see some signs of improvement. In fact after 24 hours, you should see a noticeable reduction in redness and swelling.
Do not use this product on infected burns, animal bites or serious injuries such as deep puncture wounds. You should also not use this product on children under three years old and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The active ingredient in this product can cause an allergic reaction in some people. If you experience a burning sensation, swelling, itching, redness or pain while using this product you should seek medical advice immediately even if you have completed the course of treatment. Symptoms of an allergic reaction often occur within the first ten minutes but can happen anytime during use.
Does It Have Any Side Effects?
The most common side effects are mild and temporary and include:
Burning or stinging sensation
Swelling, redness or itching at the site of application
Rash or hives on the skin near the area of application.
Other rare side effects include:
Allergic contact dermatitis (skin rash) caused by the product or by the germ killing ingredient
Serious allergic reaction which causes swelling of the face or throat, difficulty in breathing, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of consciousness. Seek urgent medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
There have been a few reports of allergic reactions to the neomycin group of antibiotics that contain neomycin in them. These include reactions such as skin rash, itching, redness, peeling or blistering of the skin and mucous membrane. If you know you are allergic to any form of neomycin you should seek medical advice before using this product.
If you use this product for more than seven days you should seek medical advice, especially if the wound fails to heal or if symptoms such as redness, swelling or pain continue or increase.
Seek urgent medical attention if you experience heartburn, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, black or tarry stools, or dizziness upon standing. These may indicate a serious allergic reaction and you may need to be hospitalized.
Stop use and see a doctor if an allergic reaction occurs.
Disclaimer:The information presented here is for educational purposes only. You should always consult your physician or licensed medical practitioner before trying anything described here. We list all the known interactions with other drugs but since we cannot possibly try out all possible drug interactions on our own, this is not a guarantee that there are no unknown interactions. Better safe than sorry.
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