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To What Extent Are Antifungal Creams Effective
None: Acne scars are complicated and best addressed with fractional laser treatments or possibly surgical intervention with the help of a plastic surgeon. Topical creams and lotions will have little if any noticeable effect and likely would not be worth your investment unless used in conjunction with a laser treatment series. ...Read more
Children do better: Than adults. 70 -80% respond to steroid creams, if applied correctly. This means pulling back on the foreskin and appling cream to all the skin preventing retraction, or are of narrowing causing a "waist" if the tight foreskin can be pulled over the glans. Apply twice daily for 3 months.Remember always to pull tight foreskin back over glans to avoid paraphimosis. Unfortunately 50% re-phimose. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Ice, OTC meds: If your hives are related to self-limited and benign causes intermittently (like bug bites), try over-the-counter topical medications that contain ingredients like menthol, phenol, or pramoxine for temporary relief of itching and discomfort. Ice and cold compresses can also help. However, if your hives are recurrent or severe and cause is unclear, consider seeing an allergist or dermatologist ...Read more
See below: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks and will improve or cure in >70%. The risks are minimal but prolonged use can cause thinning of the skin, and use of the cream extensively over the body can inhibit adrenal steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Other than lamisil, (terbinafine) what can I do to treat onychomycosis? Do the new laser treatments work?
Antigungal creams: There are many over-the -counter creams for fungal infections. The difficulty lies in deciding if the "rash" you have is caused by a fungus. While they certainly can't hurt you if you are wrong, occasionally they will cause a contact dermatitis, further complicating the diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, OTC anitfungals: Vicks might work on nails but is not a good treatment for other fungal infections, especially if it is in the genital area-ouch! several over-the-counter (otc) preparations are available. Just follow the directions on the package. Some preparations are for symptom relief only but the infection will continue. If not sure what the rash is, or if it doesn't improve, see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Oral meds for eczema: If eczema is severe enough to require oral medications, immunosuppressive drugs like neoral, CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) and others can be used, but we try our best to make patients feel better without. Prednisone makes eczema better but it will flare again as soon as Prednisone is done. Keeping a person on Prednisone long term can have drastic consequences to his/her health. Many topical meds to help with eczema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scar revisions: The appearance of scars can be improved by excising the old one out and replacing it with a better, more discrete one or by resurfacing with use of a laser or dermabrasion. Sometime both methods are combined for the best result. However, you will still have a scar. You can only improve it, not make it disappear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scar removal what can one do to lessen the appearance of scars? Are there any effective creams, lotions, etc.
OTC : Otc scar creams typically aren't all that effective. Depends alot on the location and characteristics of the scar. Sometimes, Retin-A cream can help, laser resurfacing, laser treatment of redness, or perhaps surgical scar revision. I would recommend you consider seeing a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss your options. I hope that helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Besides excimer laser; what other therapies are effective for vitiligo? If its natural, even better. Thanks
What are some natural ways to cure yeast infections without going to doctor and getting medicated creams ?
Many options: There are many natural/over-the-counter treatments for vaginal yeast infections. Two of the best are using acidophilus capsules like suppositories ; using boric acid capsules. See http://earthclinic.Com/cures/yeast_infection.Html for reports of many people who have tried a variety of natural remedies discussing what worked for them and details or how they used them. ...Read more
How can i treat eczema? I'm currently using Beprogel Topical solution. Is there any other options without steroid content?
Elidel (pimecrolimus): Yes. Only avaialble on Rx. An excellent medication and not a steroid. ...Read more
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