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Should I use antibiotic ointment on my skin injury?

Antibiotic ointments should not be used on large exposed wounds. They can be used to treat superficial scrapes. For any concerns, see your family doctor.

Doctors recommend using an antibiotic ointment on your skin injury, whether it is a cut or scrape, puncture wound, or burn. Antibiotic ointments can't help your injury heal. What they can do is keep the skin break free from infection, and some infections are life threatening. In addition, antibiotic ointments help the wound close faster. Some people are allergic to certain antibiotic ointments. If you experience an allergic reaction, like a rash, stop using the product and call your doctor.

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