Do Not Use Neosporin on Foreskin

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Registered: 08-09-2003
Do Not Use Neosporin on Foreskin
Mon, 08-28-2006 - 3:55pm

In the past when my son had some 'scratches ' on his foreskin I did use neosporin as I would any scratch.

Then I learned from some 'helpful parents' and the helpful medical society that we do not use neosporin on foreskin because some males have really bad reaction to it stating that it can cause red, swollen & inflamed foreskin.

I am just thankful that my son didn't have the 'reactions ' that was stated but still could have so I wanted to share with parents of something I wish I knew but now know.

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Registered: 03-07-2003
Mon, 08-28-2006 - 8:06pm

I'd agree. I'm allergic to Neosporin and wouldn't recommend it for anything.

My doctor told me that many people are allergic to some of the stuff they add to it. She no longer tells people to use it because she was aware of too many people that had problems.

I used it for an ear piercing infection (Id had them for years and got an infection when I stopped wearing earrings for a while and then put a pair on).

I'd been using Neosporin for months (and I'd dealth with the problem for a long time by NOT wearing earrings before I decided to 'get serious' about it and treat it consistently with Neosporin) and within a few days of stopping and using a name brand plain cream the problem cleared up.

So I agree with the sentiment... as well as not using it on anything else either.



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Registered: 08-29-2004
Mon, 08-28-2006 - 10:15pm

I had a similar reaction when my dermatologist removed a mole.They applied neosporin and I got a wicked reaction with hives.

Good advice

Crystal Mom to Jacob,Sydney,Jordan,Madison,Joshua and his stillborn ^i^ twin sister,Brynna
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Registered: 08-29-2006
Tue, 08-29-2006 - 12:41am
If you want something natural that will not cause any infection or rash but will promote natural healing of the body. Try unpasteurized all natural honey! Try to get some from a local apiary which is not pasteurized! Honey will not allow any bacteria to grow and will speed up the process of healing of the area. Honey will suck water out of a rock! Try it you'll like it!
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Registered: 03-07-2003
Tue, 08-29-2006 - 1:09pm

Hmmm. Well I've not heard of that one so I might be cautious. But seems like a natural alternative- and I guess people are always recommending honey for sore throats, etc.

Of course, right now since my son still nurses I have the option of expressing some breast milk to use for minor scrapes, abrasians, irritants. I did use breast milk to help clear up some diaper rash on his bum. Never thought of using honey and personally it seems a bit 'messy' to me, so I might only use it if was bath day.

Here's a little bit I found doing a google search on honey, I guess in some ways it doesn't seem any worse/sticky than many of the commercial diaper ointments available.

(just a few bits from 2 pieces that came up)

Honey helps wounds in several ways, says Molan. Its thickness provides a protective barrier. The hydrogen peroxide it contains is released slowly, killing germs in the wound. Some as-yet-unknown ingredients reduce inflammation, while others, perhaps amino acids and vitamin C, speed the growth of healthy tissue

The healing powers of honey
Most people think of honey as something that is to be spread on bread, but few realise how many uses it has. Its unique properties mean that it is found in foods, cosmetics, and it even has a place in health care and healing.

Caution: some studies suggest that honey should not be given to babies under the age of one year, as it may lead to poisoning.

Honey has been used for its healing properties for over four thousand years. The Egyptians had over 500 medical formulas based on it whilst the Greeks used it to cure skin disorders. Recent research has shown that they might have had the right idea.

What is honey made of?
How honey can heal
Manuka honey
What is honey made of?
Honey is made up from fructose, glucose, water and other sugars. It also contains many enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your body needs. Honey contains many antioxidants that are used by the body to eliminate free radicals - molecules which zip around in healthy cells and have the potential to damage them. Honey therefore makes a good alternative to sugar in food and drink. Care must be taken though, as honey does contain lots of sugars and it must be eaten in moderation. Sugars should not generally represent more than 10 percent of your total calorie intake.

How honey can heal
Research being carried out around the world suggests that honey helps in the healing and sterilising of wounds and ulcers, in the growth of new skin, and, has many antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. The reason for this is the unique combination of properties that honey has.

Antibacterial properties
Honey is high in sugar, low in protein and quite acidic. These factors combine to make honey free from contaminants itself and help it to kill the contaminants it comes into contact with. The main antibacterial agent in honey is hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is released when honey touches the skin. This is produced by the enzyme glucose oxidase which is introduced into honey by the bee. However various types of honey will contain slightly different antibacterial substances.

Read more information about antibiotics and first aid kits.

Scar prevention
Honey has a hygroscopic nature. This means that when honey is exposed to air, it draws moisture in from the air. This is very useful as honey may help to:

prevent scarring by keeping the skin moist
help in the growth of new tissue
stop bandages from becoming stuck to an open wound if applied to the bandage before use
It is this nature which causes honey to be an ingredient in lots of cosmetics and make up, as it keeps the skin moist and fresh and prevents drying.

Read our factsheet for information about scar removal by plastic surgery.

Manuka honey
A type of honey called Manuka honey is especially important as it contains a component that is effective against more resistant bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus and helicobacter pylori. It is this type of honey has been shown to be very good in treating some stomach ulcers and sore throats.