When I was growing up, my parents used iodine and and hydrogen peroxide for all of our "booboos" and scratches. However, as I grew older first aid treatments like iodine became scarce. One of my Navy roommates introduced me to Neosporin in the early 1990s.
Of course, I was sceptical. I had used the other products for many years. So I tried the neosporin on one cut and hydrogen peroxide on another. I was an electronics technician for the Navy, so I had a lot of scratches from working on equipment.
I found that with neosporin, I did not have as many problems with infections. Although hydrogen peroxide is a good product, I didn't have to change the neosporin as often. So yesterday, when I found a big huge deep scratch on my husband's arm, I went straight to the cupboard to give him the neosporin. This neosporin has a small pain reliever in hit to take away any discomfort.
The husband was happy, because the pain was gone. I was happy because I knew that i was stopping any infection.
I really like this stuff. I keep a couple of 1 oz. containers in both bathrooms. When we go on small day trips, I take some with me. I do have problems with infections because of my suppressed immune system. This ointment is really really good and should be in everyone's first aid kit.