What is it?
Bacitracin is an antibiotic agent used in a variety of topical and ophthalmic preparations.
How do I avoid it?
Patients allergic to Bacitracin should inform their health care providers of this allergy, especially if a cream or
ointment is applied to the skin after surgery. The ingredient lists of all prescription and non-prescription medications
should be read for the presence of Bacitracin and products with the names listed below.
Skin contact with Bacitracin is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing
Bacitracin should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US
for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the
labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information, ask your pharmacist or call the
company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
• Antibacterial ointments and creams
• Eye ointments or drops
• Ear ointments or drops
Other names for Bacitracin:
• Bacitracin zinc
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
• Neomycin sulfate