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Doctor insights on: Silver Sulfadiazine For Boils

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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I've been getting boils under my arms and I did some research and found out silver sulfadiazine cream is used for boils. I have some in my home and used it last night and it made the hard sore knots under my arms soft and a lot less painful. What does t

I've been getting boils under my arms and I did some research and found out silver sulfadiazine cream is used for boils. I have some in my home and used it last night and it made the hard sore knots under my arms soft and a lot less painful. What does t

Recurrent boils: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that causes infections in different parts of the body. The symptoms of MRSA depend on where you're infected. Most often, it causes mild infections on the skin, like sores or boils. But it can also cause more serious skin infections All skin infections may not be MRSA. A proper evaluation by your doctor is warranted. ...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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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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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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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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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

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Why is a prescription required for silvadene (silver sulfadiazine)?

Rx: silvadene (silver sulfadiazine): Prescription medications require a prescription because they are considered to be potentially harmful if not used under the supervision of a licensed health care provider. The silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is one of the prescription drugs. ...Read more

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How do you correctly apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to a burn?

How do you correctly apply silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) to a burn?

Thin coat: Silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) is used to suppress bacterial growth. It only takes a thin application, best applied with a gauze pad. It needs to be washed and re-applied every 8 hours. It is ineffective after 8 hours. ...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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Can I use silver sulfadiazine on vagina?

Can I use silver sulfadiazine on vagina?

WHY????: You could. But the real question is WHY???? First define the problem, then devise a remedy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use silver sulfadiazine on a sty?

Is it safe to use silver sulfadiazine on a sty?

No: Slivadene cream is not indicated for use around the eye. It may cause eye irration and burning. See your doctor for appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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