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Sarna Cream (Definition)

Sarna is a mentholated cream ...Read more


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I have a burn from an Ice pack on my chest.. I have went to the doctor I got a cream. But my question is how long is this red mark going to be there. ?

I have a burn from an Ice pack on my chest.. I have went to the doctor I got a cream. But my question is how long is this red mark going to be there. ?

FEW DAYS IF NO BLIST: Burn caused by ice pack leaves a red mark which will disappear gradually in few days most of the time with or without treatment as long as there are no blisters or there has not been damage to the blood vessels or muscles underneath.Since you just have a red mark and no blisters and no deep tissue damage the redness may disappear in few days ...Read more

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Use Sarna lotion on her. Today its stinging and continues to make her itchy. It's not red or swollen I stop using it. Could her skin be resistant?

Use Sarna lotion on her.  Today its stinging and continues to make her itchy.  It's not red or swollen   I stop using it.  Could her skin be resistant?

Sarna use: Sarna contains menthol (0.5%) and camphor (0.5%) which some people may not tolerate or could sting if there is any open skin. It is designed to help a "general itch" from dry skin, insect bites, sunburn or contact with poison ivy/oak/sumac. First try using a thick moisturizing cream (CeraVe) or emollient (Aquaphor), and you may need to see a dermatologist for a prescription if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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Sarna lotioon for shingles, is this okay?

Sarna lotioon for shingles, is this okay?

Not best treatment: It could help since it has a mild steroid but it might not be the best treatment. If you have active shingles, please visit your doctor, he/she might recommend anti viral medication and anti inflammatory medications. If the pain is persistent after the rash is gone, topical Lidocaine patches along with a nerve pain medication are the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How long can you use sarna sensitive lotion on glans and under penis no itching dry scarred senseituve skin lotion was given by Dr. At u.p.m.c?

How long can you use sarna sensitive lotion on glans and under penis no itching dry scarred senseituve skin lotion was given by Dr. At u.p.m.c?

Not a steroid: Since Sarna Sensitive isn't a steroid, there's no hard & fast time limit for its use. As long as you have this problem, you can continue to use the Sarna Sensitive as directed. If the condition starts getting worse, however, you should discontinue the Sarna Sensitive and see your doctor again. ...Read more

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I have dermographia and am suffering w itch n swelling even my vagina swells when having sex n makes it hurt i was told sarna lotion but nope help ?

I have dermographia and am suffering w itch n swelling even my vagina swells when having sex n makes it hurt  i was told sarna lotion but nope help  ?

Evaluation is key: You have a fairly uncommon condition given the location of the problem. I would suggest seeing a specialist in allergy/patch testing. You may need to be on antihistamines and leukotriene inhibitors (singulair), you may also need a topical steroid. I do not think that sarna is going to be the answer to all these issues. See a specialist soon! ...Read more

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Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Warm or cold compress for headaches?

Why?: Unless you have a local head injury, (goose-egg), see little utility to heat or cold. However, acute use cold, chronic use warmth. If you feel desire to treat headache with compress, likely to have more success if placed over back of skull, not over forehead, and perhaps here, cold might be best. Maybe see your doctor and find out why you have headache. ...Read more

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Is it helpful to apply a cold compress to subconjunctival hemorrhages?

Is it helpful to apply a cold compress to subconjunctival hemorrhages?

No: The best thing to do is ignore it unless it continues to enlarge or become painful, then see your doctor. ...Read more