Neosporin Skin Ointment is a combination medicine and is used to treat various types of bacterial skin infections. It helps to minimize the symptoms of skin infection such as redness, swelling, itching, etc. Neosporin Skin Ointment is only meant for external use and should be used as advised by your doctor. A thin layer of the medicine should be applied only to the affected areas of the skin with clean and dry hands. Wash your hands before and after applying the medicine. If it gets into your eyes, nose, mouth, or vagina rinse with water. It may take several days to weeks for your symptoms to improve, but you should keep using this medicine regularly. The course of the treatment should be completed to ensure better efficacy of the medicine. If your condition does not improve or gets worse, you should talk to your doctor. This is usually a safe medicine, however, it may cause burning, irritation, itching, and redness at the application site. These side effects are usually mild and will resolve with time. Serious side effects are rare. You must consult the doctor if you experience any allergic reaction (rashes, itching, swelling, shortness of breath, etc.). Pregnant and breastfeeding women should use this medicine with proper consultation and caution. During the course of the treatment, do not touch or scratch the infected skin areas as this may worsen or spread the infection.