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I scraped my knee. It was pretty superficial and I cleaned it w bactine. Should I wrap it or leave it uncovered overnight?
Tiny bump that grew on the outside of my cartilage piercing, took piercing out, it doesn't hurt, been cleaning it with bactine. Is this good to use?
? Hypertrophic scar: You should see a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist about this problem. ...Read more
Apply a cold pack to help reduce swelling or bruising. Never apply ice directly to the skin. This can cause tissue damage. Put a layer of fabric or a cloth towel between the cold pack and the skin.
Wash the wound for 5 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day, with large amounts of warm water and an antibacterial soap, such as Phisohex or dial.
Avoid tight clothing over the piercing area. ...Read more
In order to relieve the burn pain. Should I dress it like a normal 2nd degree burn with bactine and bandage gauze?
You need exam: 2nd degree burn can vary widely. Deep 2nd acts more like a 3rd, superficial 2nd acts more like a 1st. Treatment (at the least) would be cleansing frequently with soap/water, removing any dead skin/tissue, and coverage with antibiotic oint like silvadene (silver sulfadiazine). All of this can vary with size/location/depth. If the injury is bigger than a quarter, has inc. Redness, or is over a joint- get to a burn dr. ...Read more
Tiny bit of Bactine got in eye. Flushed eye out with bottled water for a few minutes. Will I go blind???
Please repost: Unfortunately, we don't see the date when a question is posted, so I have no way of knowing when this happened. Please repost and indicate the number of days that have elapsed since this occurred, and whether you can still see. ...Read more
One week ago I had my ears pierced with 2nd holes. One hole is slightly infected. I'm using bactine and bacitracin. Would minocycline help?
It really should be: Seen by doctor or dermatologist. Most infections in ear piercing are staph or strep, where doxycyline and bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) are best. But often it is a contact dermatitis. See doctor for correct diagnosis and treatment if not clear with bacitracin ...Read more
Hello, looks like a bug bite near heel. Ankle and foot swollen for last few days. Used ice, benedryl, elevating, Bactine. Anything else I can do?
My pcp says I have pruritus ani. Since 1996. Nothing helps. Bactine helps pain and cuts. Anything better for healing? Cuts & sores never seem to heal.
Dropped a knife straight down on to my foot yesterday. Throbbing pain and swelling persists. Used bactine to clean. Now what?
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Embarrassing but, ideas for long term anal itch? Tried moisturizer, antifungals and corticosteroids. Disappears occasionally for a day or three then back after a random BM. Itching creates painful cuts that require Bactine to numb. Help.
Anal itch: Along w/cancer sore (s) as seen in your history suggest the possibility of a weak immune system. Please continue to see your doctor. Ask him/her about taking several doses of vitamin C daily, but not to the point of giving you the runs. Consider changing your laundry detergent or type of underwear. You can also consult a dermatologist about the itch. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have never had sex but after shaving my penis for the first time I noticed a tiny red pimple on base how can I get rid of it? I was shaving 2 days ago and I thought I cut my penis a little so I have been washing it with soap and putting bactine on it fo
You: You are doing the right things with washing with soap and water, and try putting Bacitracin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on it (antibiotic creams). But if it doesn't resolve in a couple of days, or if it becomes larger, more red, or you have fever or pain then you must be seen immediately for an evaluation. ...Read more
I tripped and fell on the sidewalk on sunday. It looks like road rash on my knee. There's yellow crust, redness, it feels hot and there is a deep pain in the bones. I spray it with bactine 3 times a day. Can there be infection without puss?
See a doctor: Infection can occur without visible puss. Area will be red, hot, tender and swollen. Sounds like you should be examined by a professional immediately. Do not wait until this gets worse. Good luck and best wishes. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
RSD, or: Complex regional pain syndrome can be difficult to treat and each patient needs to be treated differently. Opioid medications are definitely not the first option. Consider medications that affect nerve pain most, like neuromodulators such as gabapentin. Clonidine has been found to help some as well. Stellate ganglion blocks can be diagnostic/therapeutic. Consider topical ketamine creams as well. ...Read more
Antacid: An h2 blocker (like Pepcid (famotidine) or its generic) once or twice daily, provides relief for many after about a week. If this fails, a proton pump inhibitor (ppi--like Prilosec or its generic) will often work where h2's have failed. If both fail after at least one week trial of each, see your dr or a GI dr for eval. ...Read more