My grandchildren and my husband seem to always be cutting themselves or somehow tearing open their skin. With all of today’s heavy-duty bacteria, I am constantly worried about infection. That’s why I have always kept Neosporin around the house.
Unfortunately, with the economy today, we have to cut back on almost everything we buy. Every penny we save helps. Therefore, I have started exploring alternative antibiotic treatments.
I found one that I like very much. It seems to be comparable to Neosporin but at half the price. It is Wal-Mart’s Equate brand Triple Antibiotic Ointment.
Active ingredients include bacitracin zinc, neomycin and polymyxin B sulfate. It also contains mineral oil and petroleum jelly.
Directions for use of this ointment are simple. First, clean the affected area with soap and water. Follow up with hydrogen peroxide if needed.
Pat the damaged area dry before attempting to apply the ointment. Otherwise, it will not absorb properly into the skin.
Squeeze out a small amount of the ointment and carefully apply it to the area using clean fingers or a sterile cotton swab. Smooth it out over the entire length and width of the cut, scrape or burn.
Cover with sterile bandage or Band-Aid if needed. Keep the area dry and clean until it forms a scab.
You can repeat application up to four times a day. If the damaged area requires more than that, it might be advisable to have it checked out by a medical professional.
Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment is for external use only. It is excellent for treating abrasions, cuts, minor burns and scrapes. Check with a physician before using this ointment on more serious wounds like animal bites or major burns.
Keep Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment out of your ears, eyes, nose and throat. Do not use the ointment over large areas of the body because it will not work effectively in that manner.
If you are uncertain whether or not you are allergic to any of this ointment’s ingredients, then do not use it. It could end up doing more damage than good. Instead, report to your physician for an alternative treatment option.
Allergic reactions would likely include difficulty breaking, itching or swelling of the affected area, numbness or tingling in the area and skin rash. If any of these occur, report to an ER facility as quickly as possible.
Stop using Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment if it has not been effective within five days or if the ointment escalates the problem for which it was being used. Seek the advice of a physician as quickly as possible.
Keep this ointment out of the reach of children and pets. If it should be used internally or swallowed, contact the local poison control center or the national hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
Store Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment at room temperature and keep it out of areas that are excessive hot or cold. Do not expose it to open flame.
Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment carries a money-back guarantee. That is something its major competitor, Neosporin, does not offer. Combined with the fact that it costs nearly half the price while performing with the same success that makes this product a great option.
Here is my summary review:
Effectiveness: 5 stars. Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment works just as good as Neosporin.
Ease of use: 5 stars. Just squirt, apply, bandage and go. It couldn’t get much easier.
Packaging: 5 stars. Equate products are rarely packaged with a lot of glitz and glamour. They don’t have to be because they work. Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment comes in white tube with turquoise, red, blue and yellow trim. The outside box cover mimics the look of the tube. Equate products are usually easy to find in Wal-Mart because they are placed next to the brand name products that they mimic.
Reputation: 5 stars. Equate products are usually as good as the real thing. That has built the brand a positive reputation.
Green value: 3 stars. The cardboard box could be recycled but the tube cannot be reused.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The tube is small at 4 Â½” by 1 Â½” by about Â¾” at the widest point. It should fit well into a drawer, pocket, handbag, medicine cabinet, vanity, first aid kit or anywhere else you might want to put it.
Availability: 4 stars. Equate products are only available at Wal-Mart. However, Wal-Marts exist almost everywhere.
Price: 5 stars. Neosporin runs anywhere from $5 to $8 a tube, depending on the size and type. Equate Triple Antibiotic Ointment only costs about $3. There’s no comparison.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. This is my new “go to” antibiotic ointment.
Final rating: 4.7 stars. This product is a real winner!
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor