Pros: no scent, non-greasy, tube lasts a long time
Cons: it is expensive
The Bottom Line: A dual first aid ointment that prevents infection as well as relieving pain from scrapes, buts and burns
I always kept a tube of Neosporin in my makeup case so I had the ointment on hand when we were on the road. The tube was so old due to limited use that I could hardly read it anymore so I headed to Rite Aid for a replacement. During that shopping excursion I spotted a newer product and made the purchase of Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment.
The tube is ½ ounce with a clear thickness to the ointment. It does come out fairly fast and only a small dab is needed for most cuts my children or I get. On the end of the tube is the expiration date imprinted. I purchased this several months ago with the date 8/2004 listed.
You can use the Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment on children over the age of two as well as for adults. The affected area should be cleaned before placing the ointment via the tip of your finger. It is okay to cover with a sterile bandage, but you should not apply more than three times a day and not longer than one week on the same area.
This is strictly for external use and not to be utilized over large areas of the body. We use this basically for cuts on the hands and skinned knees. For serious burns or animal bites it is advised to consult a Doctor before administering, plus if you are allergic to any of the ingredients you should not be using at all.
Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment is to be stored at room temperature and contains white petrolatum as the inactive ingredient. There are four active ingredients that work as a first aid antibiotic, 500 units of Bacitracin, 3.5 mg of Neomycin and 10,000 units of Polymyxin B. The pain reliever ingredient consists of 10mg Pramoxine.
If while using the Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment a rash occurs discontinue use and if the affected area clears up and then reappears check with a Doctor before resuming. I have used this a few times when my eight-year old came home from school and showed me some cut, scrape or bruise he acquired while on the playground. It is really easy to apply and does not leave a greasy feeling on your hands, plus it does not burn or sting the person.
Since we do not use this on a daily basis and only as needed I still store the tube of Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment in my portable makeup case that remains at all times in my purse. This past month it came in handy two times while going to my sons feeding clinic. We no longer own a vehicle and receive taxi service through the State to attend these weekly sessions. Two weeks ago I pulled my thumb nail off while trying to get my children buckled in the belts while the driver was speeding down the hill. I utilized a medicared wipe I keep in my case as well to clean the area and remove the blood before applying the Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment and then placing a 3M comfort strip. This worked perfectly that afternoon and upon returning home I changed the bandage and reapplied more ointment.
The following week we were twenty minutes early so the taxi dropped us at the corner where Target is to do some shopping before heading to the clinic. While walking the two blocks to get to the office my seven-year old son tripped and skinned his knee. This child does not scream when blood appears but carries on when trying to apply a bandage. While in the waiting room I wiped off the area and placed a small dab of the Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment on and did not bother with a bandage.
Most of the time when we utilize the Neosporin + Pain Relief Maximum Strength Antibiotic Ointment it is one or two times for each affected area. None of us have had any burns to apply this on, but I do know from my experience that this does work on taking the pain away from the torn nail. The main reason I carry this is for the prevention of infections while away from home.
This is one of those products you need to have in your emergency first aid kit at home and in the car. It is very easy to use and not even necessary to wash your hands after applying. There is no scent and since it is an ointment I find it easier to sneak onto my child than a white cream that he would frown upon.
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