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Substitute To Itch Guard
Sort of: In the absence of having anything else available, it is ok and will basically only protect you from wearing down your teeth. Other than that, it can actually induce instances of clenching or grinding and may cause more harm than good in the long term. Best solution is to get a custom-made appliance from your dentist. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) a good anti-itch cream for mosquito bites? What other methods should I use to treat mosquito bites that itch badly?
What is the proper way to clean/disinfect a very expensive dental night guard other than using more money on otc tablet cleaners?
Please tell me, could my orthodontic retainer work as a bite guard to protect against nighttime teeth grinding?
Depends on the type: A traditional hawley retainer (acrylic and wires) normally will not work as a 'bite guard'. However, a full occlussal coverage bit guard (gelb) can work as a retainer. Speak to your orthodontist to get one that will work to protect against grinding and serve as a retentative appliance. ...Read moreSee 6 more doctor answers
Is it safe to use those denture cleaner tablets on a night guard? My dentist told me to brush my night guard to clean it, but i don't think it's really getting that clean. Would those denture tablet things work to clean it?
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See a dentist first: First, oral appliances--including a night guard--do not help you "stop grinding". They work to keep teeth from being further damaged from grinding: you are likely to grind just as much. Worn teeth do not necessarily mean grinding. Acid reflux or gerd makes teeth worn down rapidly even with only occasional clenching or grinding. Please see a dentist to learn more about your condition first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I stop insect bites from itching? Calamind lotion baking soda pastes and other remedies only work for a few minutes. Antihistamines don't hel
Insect bite /Allergy: Anytime you get an insect bite, wash with soap and water to prevent infection, then put Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion. If it too much itchy and red, you can use otc 1% Hydrocortisone cream. Other otc creams are: calmoseptine, itch-x, etc. You also can take oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 2-3 times daily or Claritin once daily for 1-2 days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Steroid: Steroid creams, such as fluocinolone cream, are effective at decreasing the symptoms of insect bites, such as mosquitos. Improvement can be seen with redness, swelling and itching. ...Read more
How can buxim (teeth grinding, biting, & clenching) at night be helped without the use of a mouth guard? (sensory issues... Guard would prevent sleep)
Possibly: There are a number of possible causes for bruxism as well as different modalities of treatment that may or may not involve a mouth guard. You need to have a thorough dental exam with the appropriate studies to determine possible causes of your bruxism. If you do require an appliance there are different types of appliances that can be utilized that may allow you to sleep comfortably. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is it bad to store a prescription mouth guard in a mouth rinse every night after brushing it with toothpaste? Would it weaken the guard ?
Yes: But so can a variety of other dental infections. See your dentist for a thorough clinical and visual examination. ...Read more
Can you offer any secret-remedies or pharmacy OTC creams that you can recommend me to apply on my mosquito bites?
Is there anything I can buy online for to achieve straighter teeth over time? I cannot afford to see a dentist for braces or retainers.
Unfortunately no: Orthodontic treatment needs to be performed by a licensed dental professional, one who has gone to college and dental school for a minimum of 8 years, more if a specialist. Dental care is not a DIY project. Consider financing your care or saving up for it. It is a worthwhile investment in yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I take Gold Bond Rapid Relief Anti-Itch Cream & Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Liqui-Gels without reaction to both? I'm allergic to a plant in my yard and I touched it
Yes: Wearing a night guard has been known to change the bite, or how the teeth come together. It does not aways happen but there is research indicating it does and I have noticed the same thing with some of my patients. Sometimes it can be temporary and other times it can be permanent. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Anal Itching?: I am assuming your anus itches. Several causes. Partial rectal prolapse can cause this. Mucous glands on the outside and wet and not meant to be there. Causes poor hygiene. Pin worms can cause this. Hemorrhoids can cause this. Yeast and other fungan and bacterial infecitons can cause this. Use baby wipes, balneol or other rectal cleanser. Check for pin worms. Get anoscopic exam by md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various causes: Hemorrhoids, pinworm, anal fissure, anal/rectal cancer, certain foods/drinks (eg with caffeine), psoriasis, stds, localized allergic reaction, others, can cause anal pruritus (itching). Symptoms that persist beyond a few days would benefit from evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Tinea pedis is: A fungus which is a living organism. It lives on skin by eating from the keratin layer of the skin. The body recognizes the fungus as a foreign body and as a result histamine gets released. Histamine causes certain reactions like itching, or sneezing, watery eyes...Many of the allergy like responses. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Maybe, maybe not...: Skin may itch because it's dry and is crying out for more moisture. But what's the texture of your skin when it itches? What's the color? Does scratching make it stop itching or make it itch more? If moisturizer/lotion gives you no relief, follow up with your doc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Itchy Back: Too bad i cannot see exactly where this itchy spot is on your back. If it's near the shoulder blade, on one side, there is a condition called brachioradial pruritus. It is thought that this condition may be a result of a long-ago injury to some of the vertebrae in your spine. Your general physician would be in better shape to see exactly where this "place" is. ...Read more
Rectal itching: I assume you are talking about your rectum. Itching and bleeding of the rectum usually means a hemorrhoid. However if it does not respond to treatment for that then it should be examine by a physician. ...Read more
It can happen: That can happen as hairs start to grow in and are rubbed by clothing. ...Read more
Many things: For example if after a shower you don't dry the umbilicus (belly button) well you might start a yeast condition. Also irritation from elastic from underwear can cause itching & irritation. Check to make sure the umbilicus is clear of any debris like hair and threads. I have advised many patients that after a bath or shower use a hairdryer to make sure the umbilicus is dry. ...Read more
Have it evaluated.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Have it looked at.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Please see: Please see a dermatologist to get the best treatment. ...Read more
My body itches everywhere like something is crawling on me but there there is nothing. What is this?
Creepy crawlers : Itching all over can be caused by many things. Without a rash it's unlikely to be bug bites or poison oak or scabies or an allergic reaction. It could be your liver or kidney are having and it could just be from dry skin. You need an exam and most likely blood tests. If you have a rash it will most likely be easy for your provider to tell on exam. ...Read more
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