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Is it bad to put listerine on open wounds or cuts.?

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It's fine to use Listerine or hydrogen peroxide. Just follow up with a small amount of medical cream afterwards. Hopefully you didn't use the flavored stuff only the dark yellow bottle is supposed to be used for that. Years ago that's what everyone used and they had it printed on the container: "For treatment of bad breath, dandruff, or cleaning minor cuts and abrasions." They took it off to change their image and just focus on its use as a mouthwash. I'm a camper, and it is in my camping kit all the time, for mouthwash and for cleaning cuts and abrasions. Technically you don't need neosporin either, as the body will heal the wound on its own, using its own anti-bodies and white blood cells. You should only have to cover it up. Neosporin is for treating a wound that has become agitated or infected from not being kept clean. For children who can't take care of themselves like an adult, Neosporin or first-aid cream is practical. For a burn the story is a little different, but you don't ... more
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