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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...

Dr. James Jeng
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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.

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Where to buy silver sulfadiazine cream otc?

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

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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.

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Can I use silver sulfadiazine 1% cream on face (10 & 13 years old)for sunburn?

Can I use silver sulfadiazine 1% cream on face (10 & 13 years old)for sunburn?

Sunburn: There's no reason not to try it. There have been reports that it works. It does help, when there is blistering. Remember that sunscreen!!!!

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My 12 year old and 9 year old have a sunburn. Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream on their sunburn?

My 12 year old and 9 year old have a sunburn. Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream on their 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.

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Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream of poison izy rash? If so, do I continue to use calamine lotion?

Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream of poison izy rash? If so, do I continue to use calamine lotion?

USELESS: Silver sulfadiazine will not relieve you in any way. Calamine lotion is barely effective. "Poison" ivy is a violent reaction which will occur only on those allergic to it and only where the sap came on the skin. A prescription strength cortisone is very effective. Clobetasol gel or augmented betamethasone cream, . OK to wash. No special soap makes any difference. Not contagious. Will not spread.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Can silver sulfadiazine cream be used on turf burn?

Can silver sulfadiazine cream be used on turf burn?

Second-degree burns: ..., such as an abrasion or "road rash, " will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. Burns on the face should be gooped up with antibiotic ointment several times a day; no dressings are necessary. Burn wounds elsewhere can have antibiotic ointment or silver sulfadiazine (silvadene) applied and then dressed with dressing changes daily in conjunction with a bath/shower.

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How does silver sulfadiazine cream help with eczema?

How does silver sulfadiazine cream help with eczema?

No: That cream is usually used for second degree burns-ie when you get a blister from a burn.

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Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on eczema?

Can you use silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on eczema?

Yes: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream is useful as an antibiotic and occlusive agent. The occlusion will help eczema. Eczema is helped greatly by not drying the skin and by moisture. Some additives such as fragrances and formaldehyde (in dryer sheets) can worsen eczema.

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How often should I apply silver sulfadiazine cream on a burn?

Every 6 hours: You can apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) anywhere from 2 x per day up to 4 x per day. Apply with a thick coating.

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Does anyone know if silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream is safe to use for eczema?

Does anyone know if silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream is safe to use for eczema?

Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) Cream: There are many references in medical literature regarding silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream being used in the treatment of eczema. The major use is when the eczema is advanced enough that sores are present and an anti-microbial in indicated to reduce the risk of infection. I would not use it unless there are open sores or an indication of infection as it may contribute to inflammation if the skin is sensitive.

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Can silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream cure ringworm?

Can silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream cure ringworm?

NO: Get an antifungal. There are several creams available without prescription. The generics are not expensive. They include miconazole, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, terbinafine. The most effective is oral terbinafine. Many skin disorders may look like "ring worm" but are not caused by fungus. If you fail to respond to this treatment you should see a dermatologist.

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Can I put silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on small burn with denuded skin?

Can I put silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream on small burn with denuded skin?

Second-degree burns: ... Will heal on their own, given good wound care and good nutrition. Burns on the face should be gooped up with antibiotic ointment several times a day; no dressings are necessary. Burn wounds elsewhere can have antibiotic ointment or silver sulfadiazine (silvadene) applied and then dressed with dressing changes daily in conjunction with a bath/shower.

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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