Does Neosporin Kill Staph?


14, 2011 — MRSA is also sometimes resistant to antibiotics found in over-the-counter ointments like Neosporin and Polysporin, a study shows.

It also means that antibiotic ointments probably wouldn’t treat or prevent MRSA skin infection, though experts say they’ve never been recommended for that purpose.

Does Neosporin treat staph?

Putting antibiotic ointment (Neosporin, Bacitracin, Iodine or Polysporin) on the boil will not cure it because the medicine does not penetrate into the infected skin. Covering the boil with a Band-Aid will keep the germs from spreading. This is an infection of hair follicles, usually with Staph bacteria.

How do you get rid of a staph infection at home?

You can treat most small staph skin infections at home by:

  • soaking the affected area in warm water or applying warm, moist washcloths.
  • applying a heating pad or a hot water bottle to the skin for about 20 minutes, three or four times a day.
  • applying antibiotic ointment, if recommended by your doctor.

What ointment is good for staph?

Mupirocin (generic) Bactroban Nasal, Centany (brands) is an antibiotic that is used topically for the treatment of impetigo, MRSA, and staph infections. The nasal spray may be prescribed for individuals that come into contact with patients infected with MRSA, or other infectious diseases.

Will bacitracin kill staph?

Using an antiseptic ointment, such as bacitracin or Triple Antibiotic ointment on open wounds may not prevent a MRSA infection, but will certainly help prevent other Staphylococcus infections and Streptococcus (“strep”) skin infections.