A product that I really trust is Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment. It compares itself to the active ingredients in Neosporin, but as it is a generic, comes at a much cheaper price.
The tube has a net weight of 1 ounce (28.4 g). The color of the tube is yellow and it has green writing on it. It has ‘First Aid’ and the ‘+’ on the left side of the tube. It states that it has ‘Polymyxin B Sulfate-Bacitracin Zinc-Neomycin Sulfate’. I am not a scientist and this doesn’t mean that much to me.
However, I do know that the clear gel has no smell, which I love, will prevent me getting an infection when I cut, burn, or graze myself. When I put it on the problem area, it feels cool, and doesn’t burn, sting, or make it feel worse. It actually makes it feel better.
After my husband, Len, slid down the stairs at his grandaughter’s house, his elbows kept bleeding for 2 days. He is on 3 blood thinners. Once I had this under control I needed to keep the wounds clean, and free from infection.
I dabbed the areas clean, and then got a piece of cotton gauze. I squeeze a small amount of the Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment onto the center of it, and then carefully pressed it onto the wound. I then tapped over the gauze to allow the healing process.
Once a scab had formed, I kept the elbows uncovered but did apply a small amount of the ointment a couple of times a day. Now he only has one large, and one small scab on his elbows. Thank goodness I had this with me in Boston.
Len had no problem with me using this ointment. It didn’t sting, or hurt him, and he was pleased that it kept infections at bay.
When I am away from home I always carry a tube of Triple Antibiotic, as it is so much easier to have in my first aid kit, than a bottle of Betadine. At home Betadine is No. 1 for this household.
At this moment we are at one of our timeshares on Treasure Island beach. Len was asleep on a sunbed yesterday, and got up, knocked the large scab off his elbow, and the bleeding started again. I wrapped his arm in the beach towel, and we hurried to our apartment.
I cleansed it, and put Triple Antibiotic on the gauze, and put tape over it. I had been worried that the beach towel had sweat, sand, and other germs on it. The bleeding continued all afternoon, and we finally stopped it just before bedtime.
I can’t tell you how relieved I am today, that I carried my trusty Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment with me. This truly is a lifesaver for us.