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What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

Several: You can use Lidoderm patches which contain a local anesthetic (lidocaine) or zostrix (capsaicin) cream which contains cayenne pepper extract. They work in totally different ways. The Lidoderm suppresses nerve activity. The zostrix (capsaicin) depletes substance p which is one of the neurochemicals that transmits pain. Neither should be used on the open sores. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

Shingles is a painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream after shower because I don't. thank you?

I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream after shower because I don't. thank you?

Prob doesn't matter: Has herpes zoster (shingles) been professionally diagnosed? Don't try to diagnose and treat yourself. Shingles can occur at age 25, but not very common. A lotion or cream might help rash feel better, but won't speed healing. You need antiviral drug by mouth (e.g. valacyclovir) and maybe a steroid to help prevent future nerve pain. Follow your doc's advice, or see a doctor soon if not yet done. ...Read more

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I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream on my face after a shower because I don't.I had shingles know for 1 week and 2 days when I take a shower I don't put lotion cream on my face is it necessary to put lotion can I use pond cream or just stay the

I have shingles do I have to put lotion cream on my face after a shower because I don't.I had shingles know for 1 week and 2 days when I take a shower I don't put lotion cream on my face is it necessary to put lotion can I use pond cream or just stay the

Shingles rash: Shingles can be very painful and the rash can be quite blistery and raw. It is therefore advisable to take care of this damaged and inflammed skin. If it's been 9 days already, hopefully things are getting better. The point is to be careful to protect the skin so no further damage occurs and to prevent secondary bacterial infection (if the skin is already broken up and damaged). See MD if in doubt ...Read more

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My dermatologist prescribed me both sodium sulfacetamide lotion (2 times daily) & tretinoin cream (every other day) for acne. How do I apply both?

My dermatologist prescribed me both sodium sulfacetamide lotion (2 times daily) & tretinoin  cream (every other day) for acne. How do I apply both?

Like prescribed: Put the lotion on twice a day. Save the tretinoin for bed time. Wash your face, then apply a pea-sized amount to the trouble spots and rub it in. Both will dry your skin out. ...Read more

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I'm using kojivit plus and Koshine lotion as my night creams prescribed by doctor,I'm 8 weeks pregnant. Is it ok to use?

I'm using kojivit plus and Koshine lotion as my night creams prescribed by doctor,I'm 8 weeks pregnant. Is it ok to use?

Lotions: Probably ok to use, however, staying away from most medications is best bet in the long run. Your doctor knows your case and is the best source of information ...Read more

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What kind of cremes can be used for shingles except calomine lotion?

What kind of cremes can be used for shingles except calomine lotion?

Need to see pain doc: There are some over the counter topical treatments like capsaicin, lidocaine, Benzocaine that can be helpful. It is best that you see a pain specialist to go over more options. The more aggressively your shingles are treated the less likely you will wind up with postherpetic neuralgia - an often unrelenting, painful condition. ...Read more

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I need to know about apply cream on my shingles , still itchy...

I need to know about apply cream on my shingles , still itchy...

Creams for itching.: You can try Hydrocortisone ointment over the counter or a menthol cream like sarna. If that doesn't work you can take benedryl pills at night before you sleep. ...Read more

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I'm 51 4th day of shingles finally getting cream should I get the shingle shot my, dr. Says no , a friend had same problem and got it why?

I'm 51 4th day of shingles finally getting cream should I get the shingle shot my, dr. Says no , a friend had same problem and got it why?

Maybe.: There is no better stimulant for your immune system than actually having a disease. The vaccine is not contraindicated. But the additional benefit of having a vaccination after the disease is not defined. I would probably wait about ten years. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more