What is the role of neomycin in the etiology of allergic contact dermatitis?

Updated: Aug 20, 2020
  • Author: Thomas N Helm, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The risk of allergy to neomycin is related directly to the extent of its use in a population. The risk of allergy to neomycin is much higher when it is used to treat chronic stasis dermatitis and venous ulcers than when it is used as a topical antibiotic on cuts and abrasions in children. Assume that individuals allergic to neomycin are allergic to chemically related aminoglycoside antibiotics (eg, gentamicin, tobramycin). [12] Avoid these drugs both topically and systemically in individuals allergic to neomycin.


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