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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Silvadene (Overview)

Silvadene is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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What is better: silvadene or vitamin E for burn scars?

What is better: silvadene or vitamin E for burn scars?

Neither: Silvadene is a very good medication for early open burn wounds in order to minimize infection and the potential for future scarring due to delayed healing. However, in and of itself, it is not an effective scar treatment once the wounds have healed. Although folklore commonly promotes the use of vitamin e, there is insufficient evidence to support its use un scar prevention. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Silvadene (Overview)

Silvadene is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for stasis ulcers?

It is used: Although silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used for venous ulcers, it is rarely ever necessary. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) actually increases the risk of infection if you don't change it and reapply it a few times a day. Antibiotic creams and ointments have been shown to have no effect on ulcer healing. The mainstay of treatment for venous ulcers is compression, walking, and treating the underlying reflux that is causing the ulcer. ...Read more

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How effective is silver sulfadiazine cream?

How effective is silver sulfadiazine cream?

Pretty good: Silver sulfadiazine cream is a cornerstone of burn treatment. It revolutionized burn care. That being said, a good surgical team needs to follow your burns to monitor for complications. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of 1% silver sulfadiazine cream without washing it off?

What are the side effects of 1% silver sulfadiazine cream without washing it off?

Less effective: It is important to remove the old cream before applying the new, otherwise the new cream isn't close enough to work effectively. ...Read more

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How many days should silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used on large grease burn on face?

How many days should silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) be used on large grease burn on face?

Maybe zero: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is generally not used on facial burns to avoid getting it in the eyes, which is not good. Rather, antibiotic ointment (e.g., bacitracin, polysporin, neosporin, triple-antibiotic ointment) is used on facial burns. Such topical antimicrobials are used until the wounds are healed, 1 to 3 weeks for spontaneous 2nd-degree burn healing, or until skin grafting for 3rd-degree burns. ...Read more

Dr. James Jeng
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Silver Sulfadiazine (Definition)

Silver sulfadiazine is a topical ...Read more