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okay, my mommy swears by neosporan. my question is: is neosporan and other antibacterial ointments okay to use? are there any good bac that the ointments kill that could help in the healing process of a cut? just wondering what others use? homeopathics?<br>
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With antibacterial ointment and soap ALL bacteria is killed and all bacteria will replace itself again.<br>
The problem is that for some reason 'bad' bacteria seems to replace itself with extra strength, while 'good' bacteria needs assistance.<br>
That's the reason we humans seem to create 'super bugs'.<br><br>
All antibacterial soaps, etc. should be avoided.<br><br>
We can NEVER kill all bacteria and it would be our demise anyway. The best is to let nature keep it in balance.
 

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In agreement with Gitti on the antibacterial issue. It's scary stuff, esp. when you think of all of that stuff ending up in the water supply! You can't hardly wash your hands in a public restroom without it, so we started bringing a small bottle of Dr. Bronners w/us!<br><br>
We use colloidal silver for infections.... and tea tree oil to keep cuts clean.
 

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I use stuff called Cuts and Scrapes (Hypercal) by Nelsons. It's a blend of calendula and hypericum and it works better than neosporin, IMO <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
CS is amazing stuff! I use it on everything! Try doing an internet search on it. I've read some great stuff online.
 

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I just want to second what was already said. Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacteral, anti-fungal agent. Calendula and Vitamin E are both great at helping the skin restore itself.
 

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It looks like Crushed fresh Garlic (not powder or jar) might be a good dressing for wounds. The article below says that in WW1 the main dressing for wounds was garlic until antibiotics became known and available. Neat!<br><br>
(this article is trans. from german and about an alternitive to antibiotics in animal feed as the antibiotic in the feed are illegal there)<br><br><a href="http://www.mercola.com/fcgi/pf/2001/mar/17/garlic_infections.htm" target="_blank">http://www.mercola.com/fcgi/pf/2001/...infections.htm</a><br><br><br>
"The allicin appears to be effective against<br><br>
E. coli.<br><br>
Staphylococcus aureus<br><br>
Clostridium perfringens<br><br>
Salmonella spp.<br>
However the lactic organisms and the enterococci are virtually unaffected by garlic. Why is this good? Because this group contains the beneficial bacteria in the gut. So here you have an organism that is anti yeast and anti fungi, anti gram negative and gram positive bacteria, and yet against a group of very beneficial organism it doesn't have any activity.<br><br>
Not only does garlic kill pathogenic bacteria but it also kills rotavirus infection which is responsible for many cases of diarrhea. At concentrations of 20 parts per million garlic totally protects these mammalian cells from being invaded pathogenic viruses.<br><br>
It has also been helpful in protoza infections like Cryptosporidium parvum. It was first discovered in the USA in 1971 in the following 22 years in has become absolutely endemic on the dairy farms; 90% of all dairy farms are infected by Crypto. And as soon as you get 100+ dairy cows on a unit all of them are infected.<br><br>
The Enteroguard is now sold to vets in the USA for Rotavirus and Crypto.<br><br>
During the First World War, garlic was the major battle field wound dressing. They made a paste of it and rapped wounds with it. So when the antibiotics were developed all the publications on garlic stopped.<br><br>
Allicin is active interracially in the gut and once absorbed it is quickly converted into diallyl suphides in the liver. Diallyl sulphides have low antimicrobials activity and these are then expressed through the urine, through the breath and through the skin. The diallyl sulphides is the smell you get when you cook garlic or when you eat lots of garlic.<br><br>
But the allicin is the clean smell you get when you crush "<br><br>
BTW~ For burns Cayenne pepper put immediatly on them is like magic. Its as if you never got burned. Im not sure why but it takes the burn out . I have tried it several times after burning myself with the iron or cooking and no blister and no pain the next day. I used organic cayenne from WF and made a paste and put it on the burn.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">what about honey?<br><br>
I can't use the antibacterial lotions b/c I am allergic to sulfa and they all are sulfa based.</div>
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Soontobe3,<br><br>
What exactly are you talking about? I am very allergic to sulfa (anaphalaxis) I almost died taking a sulfa medication and Ive never heard about this.
 

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I remember reading a study that found vaseline/petroleum jelly to be just as effective antibiotic ointment. I try to keep cuts, scrapes, etc as clean as possible and go from there.
 
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