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Are There Any Good Over The Counter Treatments For Anxiety
Antihistamines: Mildly sedating antihistamines (e.g., Diphenhydramine = benadryl) sometimes help with mild anxiety. Herbal tea containing valerian root &/or chamomile can be calming. Unlike most prescription anxiety meds, these are not habit-forming. However, if anxiety is persistent it's better to address the causes instead of just treating the symptoms. Also, try stress management, relaxation, &/or therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Simple Care: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Hemmorhoids: It is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have eczema on my scalp. What are good over-the-counter treatments. Are there good medications that don't hurt my hair.
Are you sure?: Are you sure it is eczema??? Eczema elsewhere? If so, what treatment for it? No eczema treatment will hurt your hair. Use something in the shower which is good for dry skin. There are many. Body wash (Dove, Aveeno, (oatmeal) Eucerin, Cetaphil) can be used in the shower for scalp +face as well as the body. Look for a liquid cortisone. If this is not satisfactory, see a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No such animal.: Unless you have very, very mild psoriasis - which might respond to Hydrocortisone cream - nothing available over the counter in the us is going to make much of a dent in your psoriasis. Sorry, but i've been doing this for 30 years and have yet to see an otc product work, other than skin cap, which turned out to have an illegal steroid in it. See a dermatologist; don't waste money on otc treatments. ...Read more
No, I mean NO: Acyclovir is wonderful in adults. Please consult your pediatrician for dosage. Can we talk? My concern is how in the h did a child get infected? Is there something more serious involved? I worry, do you ? I do hope this was caught innocently, ok?Good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wat is a good way to get rid of a yeast infection not responding to over-the-counter treatments or diflucan (fluconazole)?
May not be yeast: Vaginal infections that don't respond to the over-the-counter creams and Fluconazole may not be yeast infections. Bacterial vaginosis and other vaginal infections may cause similar symptoms. You should have a pelvic exam to look for those things. If it is yeast, you may need a longer course of medicine. You may also need to help "good bacteria" grow by taking probiotics or cultured yogurt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a light seborrheic dermatitis on my forehead and cheeks. What is a good over the counter treatment to fight the scaling and to reduce the redness from it.
Seborrheic: For your face and cheeks as opposed to your scalp like most people deal with, I would suggest you start with some OTC 1% hydrocortisone cream just on the affected areas twice a day until the lesions clear up and then stop the cream so your skin doesn't get used to the cream and have other issues as a reaction to chronic hydrocortisone use and then just use as needed. ...Read more
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