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Bacitracin is used to prevent skin infections due to wounds, cuts or burns.

How it works

Bacitracin is an antibiotic that acts by inhibiting the growth of bacteria in the wounds.

Common side effects

Rash, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Difficulty in swalloing, Shortness of breath, Itching, Burning sensation in eye, Teary eyes


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Expert advice

  • Clean and dry the site of infection before applying bacitracin. Application should be done by spreading the medication on the affected area forming a uniform film, preferably at same time of the day every day.
  • Ensure that you complete the duration of treatment as advised by your doctor.
  • Before you take bacitracin, inform your doctor if have /are being treated for kidney disease or have hearing problems.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any severe allergic reactions.
  • Do not use topical bacitracin for eyes, deep wounds, animal bites or severe burns.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is bacitracin a sulfa drug?
No, Bacitracin is not a sulfa drug.
Q. Is bacitracin bactericidal or bacteriostatic?
Bacitracin is bactericidal.
Q. Is bacitracin same as neosporin?
No, Neosporin is a combination of bacitracin, neomycin and polymixin B.
Q. Is bacitracin the same as bactrim?
No they are different.
Q. Is bacitracin safe for infants?
No, Bacitracin may not be safe for use in infants.
Q. Does bacitracin prevent scarring?
No, Bacitracin may not prevent scarring.
Q. Does bacitracin burn?
If applied in appropriate manner as prescribed it may not burn however in case of overdose/ hypersensitivity reaction, it may burn.
Q. Does bacitracin clog pores?
The contents of the ointment (wax) may cause clogging of pores.
Q. Does bacitracin treat MRSA?
No, treatment of MRSA may need systemic use of antibiotics; however, for additional topical infections in MRSA, bacitracin could be used.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)