Antibiotics + Antiseptics from Medline at Home
Be ready to tend to minor cuts and scrapes with topical antibiotic ointments and skin antiseptics. Shop our large selection of the same alcohol prep pads, povidone-iodine PVP prep pads, benzalkonium chloride antiseptic towelettes, antimicrobial wound cleanser, antiseptic spray and surgical scrub antiseptic trusted by hospitals. Plus find top-quality home first aid and medicine cabinet essentials including CURAD bacitracin antibiotic ointment, hydrogen peroxide and 70% and 91% isopropyl rubbing alcohol in bulk quantities.
Have questions about finding the right first aid antiseptic or cleaner for your needs? Learn more about these wound care must-haves below.
What’s the difference between antibiotics and antiseptics?
Antibiotics and antiseptics are both antimicrobials, which means they’re designed to reduce the possibility of infection and sepsis. The National Institutes of Health1 explain the difference this way:
Antibiotics are absorbed into the body with the aim of killing bacteria or preventing their multiplication. They can be given intravenously, orally, or applied topically to the skin in the form of a cream or ointment. They often require a prescription from a doctor.
Antiseptics on the other hand, are topical substances that are able to reduce the possibility of infection. They are only applied directly on the skin. They are available over-the-counter and don’t require a prescription.
What products are skin antiseptics?
Common antiseptics used for health care include povidone-iodine, isopropyl alcohol, benzalkonium chloride, and hydrogen peroxide.
Medline bestseller: Medline Povidone-Iodine PVP Swabstick Triples 750Ct MDS093902
Medline bestseller: Medline Isopropyl Alcohol Prep Pad 1.125x2.375 200Ct MDS090735Z
Medline bestseller: PDI Benzalkonium Chloride Alcohol Free Antiseptic Towelettes 2000Ct NPKD35185
Medline bestseller: Medline 3% Hydrogen Peroxide 8oz Bottle 12Ct MDS098015
What’s a good first aid antibiotic ointment?
Antibiotic ointments are first aid essentials designed to treat minor cuts, scrapes, abrasions and burns. While most minor wounds can heal on their own, an antibiotic ointment may help promote wound healing and help prevent infection. Common active ingredients include bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin. There are even triple antibiotic ointments available which combine all three and formulas that offer pain relief as well.
Medline bestseller: CURAD Bacitracin Antibiotic Ointment with Zinc 1oz 1Ct CUR110556H
Medline bestseller: CURAD Triple Antibiotic Ointment Pain Relief 1oz 1Ct CUR001232H
What is hydrogen peroxide?
The National Institutes of Health2 defines hydrogen peroxide as a peroxide and oxidizing agent with disinfectant, antiviral and anti-bacterial activities. In low concentrations it can be used for medicinal applications, as a mouth gargle, and as a clothes and hair bleach. It should always be treated carefully because hydrogen peroxide vapors can irritate the eyes and mucous membranes.
Medline bestseller: Medline 3% Hydrogen Peroxide 8oz Bottle 1Ct MDS098015H
What can I use rubbing alcohol for?
Rubbing alcohol, also called isopropyl alcohol, comes in different strengths. According to the Cleveland Clinic3, It can be used for health, hygiene and household tasks and you should look for a minimum 70% concentration. Health care uses including using it to clean pierced ears and clean skin before an injection. Non-first aid uses include using it to wipe down your phone or computer mouse and clean makeup brushes, thermometers and nail clippers.
A word of caution: you should never drink rubbing alcohol, bathe in it or mix it with bleach. It’s flammable, so you should never use it near an open flame.
Medline bestseller: Medline 70% Isopropyl Alcohol 16oz 1Ct MDS098003ZH
- National Institutes of Health, “Antimicrobials including antibiotics, antiseptics and antifungal agents”
Accessed on October 29, 2021
- National Institutes of Health, “Hydrogen peroxide”
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- Cleveland Clinic, “How to get the most out of your bottle of rubbing alcohol”
Accessed on October 29, 2021