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Dr. James Lin
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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

Dr. James Lin
71 Doctors shared insights

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

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Silver sulfadiazine good for sunburns?

Silver sulfadiazine good for sunburns?

Overkill: Silver sulfadiazine is used for significant second and third degree burns. It would be overkill for a sunburn unless is was an unusually severe burn. ...Read more

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What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

Burns: This is a wonderful antiburn, antibiotic cream that stimulates granulation tissue to heal over burned areas, diabetic ulcers, common scrapes of the skin... ...Read more

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Does silver sulfadiazine contain iodine?

Does silver sulfadiazine contain iodine?

No.: In addition to silver sulfadiazine, it contains white petrolatum, stearyl alcohol, isopropyl myristate, sorbitan mono-oleate, polyoxyl 40 stearate, propylene glycol, and water, with methylparaben 0.3% as a preservative. No iodine. ...Read more

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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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Where to buy silver sulfadiazine cream otc?

Not in USA: Silver sulfadiazine is available only with your doctor's prescription. ...Read more

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Do they use silver sulfadiazine for general herpes?

Do they use silver sulfadiazine for general herpes?

Not usually: This med is not used for genital herpes. It is usually used on significant burns at risk for infection. ...Read more

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Is silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) over the counter?

No: See your doctor if your skin is infected. It could go to cellulitis if you ignore it. It is is usually used for burns and they can cause scarring. ...Read more

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Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) for sunburn, is this okay?

Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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Is there another product that is like silver sulfadiazine it that can be used for burns?

Is there another product that is like silver sulfadiazine it that can be used for burns?

Silver Suladiazine: Is the treatment of choice. If this not available then antibiotic ointments can be used. ...Read more

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How much faster does silver sulfadiazine help burns heal? What if you don't use any of it?

How much faster does silver sulfadiazine help burns heal? What if you don't use any of it?

Not much.: While it is the most popular treatment for burns, there are more advanced treatments that work better and faster. It often causes an eschar (scab) at the edge of burns that actually slows healing, and it is not safe in infants. Hydrocolloid dressings not only speed the healing of burns, they also relieve the pain and need changed much less often than silver sulfadiazine or antibiotic dressings. ...Read more

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Does silver sulfadiazine cure bv?

Does silver sulfadiazine cure bv?

No: Bv is a synergistic infection involving gardnerella and a number of other bacteria. It is treated with Metronidazole oral or intravaginal treatment. Tinidazole and Clindamycin are alternatives. Oral and intravaginal probiotics containing lactobacilli can help. Recurrent disease is related to colonization of your sex partner, inconsistant condom use. Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is not a rx for bv. It is for burns. ...Read more

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Will silver sulfadiazine help my scars?

Will silver sulfadiazine help my scars?

No: Scars are best handled by a specialist. Creams won't touch them beyond making them briefly less visible. If they're from acne, get with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist who can offer laser, microsurgery, or filler. ...Read more

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Can I use silver sulfadiazine on a Bartholin's cyst?

Can I use silver sulfadiazine on a Bartholin's cyst?

Warm soaks: In addition to warm soaks if this area is inflamed you need to see your gynecologist. It might need to be drained. ...Read more

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Does silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) make sunburn peel?

Very helpful: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is an excellent prescription medication that increases the healing and soothig. Your sunburn causes peeling and the medicine will help it. ...Read more

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Where can I get silver sulfadiazine cream to heal my sunburn?

Where can I get silver sulfadiazine cream to heal my sunburn?

Expensive overkill: Sunburn is response of the tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is simply inflammation which means increase blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this can injure already injured skin. Cool water soaks can help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently helps. ...Read more

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Whay store can I buy silver sulfadiazine cream over the counter?

Whay store can I buy silver sulfadiazine cream over the counter?

RX only in the US: Silver sulfadiazine requires a prescription in the us (silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or it's equivalents) and is not available over the counter. Great for burns. ...Read more

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Can I get a cream similar to silver sulfadiazine over the counter?

Can I get a cream similar to silver sulfadiazine over the counter?

No: It is a prescription for infected burns. You need to see a physician in order to reduce the chance of scarring if you have a second or third degree burn. If your skin is infected for other reasons you should see a physician. ...Read more

Dr. James Jeng
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Silver Sulfadiazine (Definition)

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