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Is accidental contact of Neosporin in eyes harmful?

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Posted on Thu, 19 May 2016
Question: I put neosporin on my elbow before i went to bed. If a little bit smeared on say the sheets and I rubbed my face or got some on my hands at night and put my hands to say my eyes could that hurt me?
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Answered by Dr. Iven Romic Rommstein (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not likely

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.
Thank you for the query.

Most of neosporin ointment is adsorbed through skin soon after it is applied and other part probably vaporized and dried out during the night so even if you did touch your face and eyes, there would be just minor concentration of neosporin that could not cause any bad effect.
It may be harmful for eyes if it is applied directly on it.

Hope this helps you.
Wish you good health.

Regards
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Is accidental contact of Neosporin in eyes harmful?

Brief Answer: Not likely Detailed Answer: Hi and welcome. Thank you for the query. Most of neosporin ointment is adsorbed through skin soon after it is applied and other part probably vaporized and dried out during the night so even if you did touch your face and eyes, there would be just minor concentration of neosporin that could not cause any bad effect. It may be harmful for eyes if it is applied directly on it. Hope this helps you. Wish you good health. Regards