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Where can i get silver sulfadiazine cream to heal my sunburn?

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 45 years experience
Usually not needed: Many doctors prescribe silver sulfadiazine cream, but it isn't necessary unless the burn becomes infected; if that happens, call your doctor. Apply washcloths soaked in cool water as often as possible, and take Ibuprofen or something similar for the pain and inflammation. And please learn the lesson that mr. Sun is trying so hard to teach you: apply a good sunscreen lotion every day.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.
Dr. Zahid Niazi
Dr. Zahid Niazi commented
Cosmetic Surgery 40 years experience
Agree with Dr Miller. Silvadene is a prescription medication for burns and not used commonly for the more superficial injuries like sunburn.
Sep 15, 2013

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My 12 year old and 9 year old have a sunburn .Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream on their sunburn ?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring . Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps.
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Silver sulfadiazine good for sunburns?

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Overkill: Silver sulfadiazine is used for significant second and third degree burns. It would be overkill for a sunburn unless is was an unusually severe burn.
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How effective is silver sulfadiazine cream?

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Dr. Ernest Block
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Pretty good: Silver sulfadiazine cream is a cornerstone of burn treatment. It revolutionized burn care. That being said, a good surgical team needs to follow your burns to monitor for complications.
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What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

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Burns: This is a wonderful antiburn, antibiotic cream that stimulates granulation tissue to heal over burned areas, diabetic ulcers, common scrapes of the skin...

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