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Creams for boils over the counter

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Dr. Laura Anissian
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Boil: Try warm compresses as well as triple antibiotic ointment which is over the counter.

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A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
No such thing: There is no such thing as a "boil cream", at least none that would help the problem. If you found a product advertised for that purpose, don't waste y... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Mintz
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It's a steroid: Needs an r/x- there are steroid creams in low doses over the counter.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Not really: Unless it is very mild, you may get away with Cortaid (hydrocortisone) 10 with use of skin cleansers instead of soap for washing.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Meds don't work: In general, you can't treat boils (abscesses) with medication. They have to be opened and drained.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not right approach: If you have abscesses - you should have this assessed. They may require incision and drainage.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Maybe: Patients may look to otc pain relief creams if they are unable to take certain medications by mouth, usually do to GI upset. Ultimately, the cause of... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Hydrocortisone: Cream or ointment. Can also use a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream. Ice packs are a natural way to help with itch.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
You can't.: Sunburn will go away when it wants to go away, and typically it takes its sweet time. Sit in a cool bathtub or apply cool wet dressings, and use a goo... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rausch
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Heat: I typically tell my patients to put a cup of uncooked rice into a sock. Tie off the end of the sock & place in the microwave on high for 1 minute. Ri... Read More

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