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Is There An Estrogen Spray Or Gel For Hot Flashes
Estrogen therapy: Topical Estrogens are a popular 'alternative' method of postmenopausal therapy for everyting from skin and vaginal dryness to vasomotor 'hot flashes' it's expensive, unregulated therapy usually compounded without quality controls. I'm unaware of sprays. I believe oral or skin patch e2 therapy works better than the compounded unstandardized products. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When estrogen is deficient, hot flushes might occur. So why does using tamoxifen, which is an estrogen derivative, also lead to hot flushes?
If prometrium (micronized progesterone) alone isn't bringing relief of perimenopausal symptoms would adding estrogen help? Which is better, a cream or a pill?
Yes estrogen helps: Prometrium (micronized progesterone) is primarily used in the perimenopause to protect the lining of the uterus from estrogen when women are taking estrogen for menopausal symptoms. Estrogen has definitely been shown to help with hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, vaginal dryness, etc. Personally, i like the patch the best. Talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks, good luck! ...Read more
Not really: Evening primrose oil seems better suited for pms symptoms than for menopausal hot flashes. There are better alternatives for menopausal symptoms, such as black cohosh (cimicifuga racemosa): http://tinyurl.Com/m49nkes and sage (salvia officinalis): http://tinyurl.Com/lzjz8dn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is black cohosh a good remedy for hot flashes due to menopause? Any concerns? Does it increase weight?
Debatable : Black cohosh is used by some to combat hot flashes and insomnia related to menopausal decline. It's mechanism of action is unknown. It was once thought that it had estrogenic effects, but that has since been shown not to be the case. Estrogenic effects could lead to weight gain, but since it doesn't act this way weight gain should not be an issue. ...Read more
If Estroven better then I cool ? Which is more successful? And our herbal over-the-counter menopausal supplements better to try then a prescription for the patch for hot flashes? :-)
Is bioidentical progesterone topical cream for arms just as good as taking a 50 mg bioidentical capsule at night before bed for menopause hot flashes?
Neither: The term "bioidentical" is a marketing tool, used to make people believe that these products are somehow better or safer than other forms of hormones. There is no good evidence that this is true. Most topical creams are not regulated by the fda, and so their effectiveness is mostly unknown. Estrogen is the much more effective hormone for treating menopausal symptoms than progesterone. ...Read more
For an allergic runny nose, which is better a topical vasoconstrictor before the topical steroid or vice versa?
Help please.Dermatologist wrote me Alcortin A 1-2-1 Gel for itching possible fungal/eczema. One month supply is $2547. Any other replacement for this?
Alternate available: Hydrocortisone 1%/iodoquinol 1% cream is available without aloe vera for 25-145 dollars US that should work as well for a 28g tube vs 2500 for 48g of Alcortin A.. You can always add aloe vera topically at the time of application. Alcortin A was judged possibly effective by the US FDA. ...Read more
Is flex-i-cold safe? what is gel made of?? any chemical that may effect skin? or is same as ice inside bag?
Very safe.: When applied directly after kept cold the gel will not come in contact with your skin. The gel itself is also non toxic. You can get the same relief by using ice in a bag. The nice benefit of the gel packs is that the gel allows you to mold to any contour and remain cold. ...Read more
I prefer the most natural of hrt. I read estrasorb is a good cream. Would that be suitable to take with prometrium (micronized progesterone) for perimenopause symptoms?
Yes: Yes, transdermal estrogen is very likely safer than taking estrogen by mouth. It's less likely to increase risk of blood clots and gallbladder disease. Transdermal estrogen along with natural Progesterone is my preferred way of treating women for menopausal symptoms if they need it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it dangerous to use progesterone cream while taking the progestogen-only pill? I use the cream for hot flushes and the pill for painful periods
Not dangerous: You can take both at the same time but the Progesterone cream will not help you with the hot flashes. Also the Progesterone only pills have some limitations/side effects. If there are no contraindication to take bcp that contain estrogen those birth control pills might be a better option. ...Read more
Is there an otc treatment/cream for keloids on ear piercings? Also will sea salt soaks help it go down? Or is my only option a steroid injection??
Yes: If it is small, you can use compression earrings which are clip-ons with a large surface area that exceeds the diameter of the keloid. Try to get the king that have silicone surfaces in contact with the skin. These are avail. online & used to be marketed as Glori earrings. Better, combine this treatment with excision by a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
In perimenopause, if your not having night sweats or hot flashes, does this mean estrogen is not needed? Many other symptoms exist.
HRT indications?: Hormone replacement therapy(hrt) is commonly advised for severe symptoms, especially hot flashes. Most other symptoms of estrogen deficiency can be managed with local applications of estrogen creams applied to the vaginal mucosa/ areas. Consult your gynecologist for further advice and proper management. ...Read more