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What do you use as an emollient for eczema if you have raw hands and a sensitivity to paraffin dip?
Can topical corticosteroids be used while on the Obagi Nu-Derm system? if so, at what step should it be applied?
Yes: The idea is that HC should be used sparingly if at all. Decreasing the frequency of the retin-a portion and/or the hydroquinone portion is best & restarting more slowly. For fastest results there is a lot of redness and peeling (it looked like a blizzard under my chair) but slowing the process to make it more tolerable is the solution. Using HC too much defeats the purpose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As someone with mild asthma, is there a reason to not use DMSO topically. I've noticed places that say to seek doctor advise before using if asthma.
Will using anti aging lotions serums and other products when you don't need them actually be worse for your skin than if you never used them? 29 male
Probably not: But there is no good answer to this except as evaluation of each specific product. Notice also that the claims for every single one of these far exceeds the actual results. It is a field dominated by dishonest hype & nonsense. ...Read more
Do topical steroids for eczema absorb into the body? I have a condition that is dramatically worsened by oral steroid use but i need eczema treatment.
Yes they do: There is definite but small absorption of topical steroids into the body. All steroid effects can be seen including elevation of sugar levels, etc but it would take a lot of topical use. It also depends on the strength of the steroid preparation that is used. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to use a menthol based pain relief creme on CRPS skin? I know you should avoid ice, this product is 'cooling' but room temperature.
Ok. : It's ok to try if for few days & keep using it if it's beneficial. Best wishes ...Read more
What are the pros and cons of taking olive oil orally as a home remedy should it be done or not and will it have lasting effects (good or bad)?
I have mild acne & wanna know can I use 5% benzoyl peroxide gel as spot treatment? How much it is safe 2 use b.P. As a spot treatment? Or any tips?
Spot treatment: Spot treatment is fine. If and when face gets too red or dry apply moisturizer and stop the benzoyl treatment for a few days. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you went to a osteopath would they use herbal medicines as part of their treatment?
Maybe: It depends on the specialty of the physican and her/his specific practice when it comes to herbal remedies. ...Read more
Will thuja extract work on skin tags if mixed with water and ingested? Or do I have to apply it topically for it to work?
Try something better: Don't drink thuja; it's cedar oil and probably bad for you; the homeopathic version is a placebo. Like other irritant oils, it's been used to take of warts (immunomodulator); i'd be very surprised if this touched a skin tag, but some of us doctors remove our own skin tags by tying a tiny thread tight around the base. ...Read more
If a six months pregnant woman has scabies, is it safe to be treated either with permethrin 5% dermal cream or malathion 0.5% aqueous liquid?
What would you recommend as the BEST product for more serious acne. I've tried birth control and other topical things.
Vaseline has been such a good hand moisturizer for me, will it be okay to use on combination acne prone skin?
Yes. : Yes. Just make sure to clean your face with hypoallergenic soap ...Read more
How dangerous would it be to use an auto immune suppressant on someone who may not need it? Or only as a Hail Mary?
Risky: Immune suppression is risky even in patients for whom it is indicated. It is complicated, and should be managed by an expert. I urge you to make sure you are being treated by an expert in immune suppression (allergist/immunologist, rheumatologist, hematologist/oncologist, transplant physician, etc.) ...Read more
What % of benzol peryoxide should be used for treating acne n scars and should it be used in cream or in lotion base for oily skin?
Varies: Different people can tolerate different strengths of benzoyl peroxide on their skin. Some people are allergic and cannot tolerate it at all. Most people can tolerate 2.5% to 3%. However, higher strengths up to 10% are more effective, especially on the back. Consult a dermatologist who will work with you to devise a safe and effective regimen personalized for your skin. ...Read more
I am very interested in the medicinal properties and uses for medical cannabis. Do you see the medicinal benefits and do you think that it would be wise to use or preventative care?
Very rarely, and no: For most, cannabis use has far more risks than benefits. I've seen people become very psychotic, paranoid, and socially isolated -- with distorted perceptions that lead to life-threatening behavior. I don't see that this is "preventative" care in any way. In very rare cases of chemotherapy-induced nausea where nothing else helps, perhaps a role; rare cases of cancer-related cachexia, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for puncture wound of the foot?
Perhaps...: If the wound is superficial (that is, likely to heal on its own), i see no problem. If it is deeper, you probably need to be seen to make sure you don't need antibiotics to prevent a serious infection. Also, make sure your tetanus immunization is up to date. A tetanus infection can be life threatening and a tetanus booster will prevent any problems there. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If i don't have acne, but want to use a retinoid for anti-aging properties, which do you recommend? (adapalene vs tretinoin vs tazarotene)
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