Pros: heals anything and everything, inexpensive, relieves pain while it heals.
Cons: It tastes bad (more on that below)and I don't think it cures fatal diseases.
My undying gratitude to Neosporin started when I was a kid. My mom swears by the stuff, and she is a general practitioner.
For five dollars you get a tube that lasts forever. We buy a new tube maybe once every two years. It has healed SO many things. They should advertise its uses more, because they really underestimate this product.
Neosporin is a simple antibiotic in a petroleum base. It is the same as eardrops, eye drops, diaper rash ointment, topical infection creams, etc.
If something is hurting you, the first thing this ointment will do is to soothe the skin. You should clean the wound before you put the ointment on, perhaps with hydrogen peroxide, because it might keep the germs in instead of just healing a wound. I don't know if there are any pain-killing ingredients in it, but something about it just feels good on cuts and sores and such. It also helps stop bleeding if you bleed for a long time like my family does. If we put a band-aid on without the ointment, we'll usually bleed through the band-aid. But if we use Neosporin, the ointment blocks the bleeding and gives it time to clot. I have never used this product when it didn't make the wound feel better. Maybe because the cut is less exposed, and the ointment is room temperature. It doesn't EVER sting or run or hurt the least bit.
If you think this is just a medicine for cuts though, you are mistaken. It can be used for the following:
*Cuts inside the mouth: this is where it tastes bad, but not so bad you can't deal with it. It won't hurt you if you swallow it, so don't worry. I used Neosporin when I got my braces on and it works better than anbesol. It will cure chancre sores, cut lips, bitten tongues, etc.
*Eye colds: if you've ever had a cold that went into your eye, you know what this is. Your eyes sting and hurt and you wake up in the morning with crusted-shut lids. If you use a tiny bit of Neosporin, you can easily clean your lids and lashes without hurting anything, and if your actual eye hurts, go ahead and stick some of it right on your eye. My friend had a scratched cornea once and she squeezed some in there before going to sleep and by the next morning the pain was gone. It also works to relieve itchy eyes from allergies and/or rubbing them.
*Ear aches (believe it or not): my brother had a terrible ear infection one night and the doctor's office was closed. It wasn't an emergency, so my mom took matters into her own hands. She put some Neosporin in a cup and microwaved it just for a few seconds until it was a liquid but not hot, and then she poured it in my brother's ear. It cleared up his ear infection in one night, and the infection didn't come back. Even prescription antibiotics don't work that fast.
*Raw skin: If you've ever had a night of fun with your lady or man friend, you might have experience raw skin in all the wrong places. Neosporin works great to heal it and make it stop hurting at the same time. This is also true for blisters.
*Circumcised babies: My mom used this on both of my brothers when they were circumcised. With Neosporin on, they didn't even cry when they urinated or had diaper changes, and the skin was totally healed in two days just like it never happened.
*Sore throats: One time I took my mom's earache example and decided to try it on my sore throat. I melted some in a cup and mixed it with water, and then I gargled with it and spit it out a few times. It didn't taste too wonderful, but it did fix my sore throat that day.
Bottom Line: Neosporin is MAGIC. You'll go through it fast if you use it for everything like we do, but it is worth it. You won't be disappointed!