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Neosporin® first aid products are approved to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. But can Neosporin be used in the nose?
Some people may believe that it is acceptable to use over-the-counter (OTC) Neosporin products in the nose. However, according to the labels for these products, this is not recommended. Although it may not cause any problems in most situations, serious reactions are possible and other, more appropriate treatments are usually available.
In general, it is not a good idea to use Neosporin ointment and cream products in the nose. They are intended for use only on the skin. In rare cases, products that contain white petrolatum ("petroleum jelly") or mineral oil (including Neosporin ointment and cream) can cause a serious type of pneumonia if applied in the nose, particularly if some of the product is accidentally inhaled into the lungs.
(Click Neosporin Uses for a complete discussion on why Neosporin should not be used in the nose. This article also discusses what the medication is used for, how it works, and whether it is safe for use in children.)
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