How should this medicine be used?
Bacitracin comes as an ointment to apply to the skin. It is usually used one to three times a day. Bacitracin ointment is available without a prescription. However, your doctor may give you special directions on the use of this medication for your medical problem. Follow the directions on the package or those given to you by your doctor carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use bacitracin exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor or written on the package.
This medication is for use only on the skin. Do not let bacitracin get into your eyes, nose, or mouth and do not swallow it.
You may use bacitracin to treat minor skin injuries. However, you should not use this medication to treat deep cuts, puncture wounds, animal bites, serious burns, or any injuries that affect large areas of your body. You should call your doctor or get emergency medical help if you have these types of injuries. A different treatment may be needed. You should also stop using this medication and call your doctor if you use this medication to treat a minor skin injury and your symptoms do not go away within 1 week.
Do not apply this medication to a child's diaper area, especially if the skin surface is broken or raw, unless told to do so by a doctor. If you are told to apply it to a child's diaper area, do not use tightly fitting diapers or plastic pants.
To use the ointment, follow these steps:
- Wash your hands well with soap and water. Wash the injured area with soap and water and pat dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
- Apply a small amount of the ointment (an amount equal to the size of your finger tip) to the injured skin. A thin layer is all that is needed. Do not touch the tip of the tube to your skin, hands, or anything else.
- Replace and tighten the cap right away.
- You may cover the affected area with a sterile bandage.
- Wash your hands again.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using bacitracin?
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to bacitracin, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly.
Do not use bacitracin topical to treat animal bites, puncture wounds, deep skin wounds, or severe burns. Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you are not sure.
Bacitracin is not expected to harm an unborn baby.
It is not known whether bacitracin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
How should I use bacitracin?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Clean the skin area before applying bacitracin topical.
You may apply bacitracin to the affected area 1 to 3 times per day. Apply only enough to cover the area you are treating.
Do not use this medication over large areas of skin.
You may cover the treated skin with a bandage.
Do not use bacitracin for longer than 7 days in a row. Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you develop a skin rash.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.