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Dr. Tipu Sultan
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Antifungal Creams (Definition)

Antifungal creams, beneath the barrier ointment or paste, can be very effective if there is a yeast infection ...Read more


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What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

What are the best OTC acne scarring creams for arms?

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

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How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?

How effective are steroid creams at treating phimosis?

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 more

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What are the best topical treatments for making hives heal faster?

What are the best topical treatments for making hives heal faster?

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

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What are the best creams for vitiligo?

What are the best creams for vitiligo?

Topical tacrolimus: Topical tacrolimus ointment is an effective therapy for vitiligo. Topical steroid creams are used first, but long term usage is problematic and has many consequences. ...Read more

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What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

What are the risks/benefits from topical steroid cream for phimosis?

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 more

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Other than lamisil, (terbinafine) what can I do to treat onychomycosis? Do the new laser treatments work?

Other than lamisil, (terbinafine) what can I do to treat onychomycosis?  Do the new laser treatments work?

Onychomycosis: First thing is making sure toenail changes are due to fungus. You doc should be able to have nail tissue cultured and biopsy will confirm or rule out fungal involvement...This will help direct appropriate and safe therapy. -h-. ...Read more

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Are there any topical creams that work as an effective cellulite treatment?

Are there any topical creams that work as an effective cellulite treatment?

Don't waste your $: Cellulite is very difficult to treat. There is a relatively new laser treatment (cellulaze) that has shown some promise, but I am not aware of any topical preparations that will treat this problem. ...Read more

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What are the creams for ringworm?

What are the creams for ringworm?

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 more

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Are there topical fungal creams to supplement the vicks?

Are there topical fungal creams to supplement the vicks?

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 more

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What is the best oral medication for eczema? Creams arent enough...

What is the best oral medication for eczema? Creams arent enough...

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 more

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What other treatments besides over-the-counter skincare creams are available to eliminate scars?

What other treatments besides over-the-counter skincare creams are available to eliminate scars?

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 more

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Scar removal what can one do to lessen the appearance of scars? Are there any effective creams, lotions, etc.

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 more

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What are some effective acne scar removal creams or ointments?

What are some effective acne scar removal creams or ointments?

Scar cream: The only effective one I have ever seen chemically bonds silicone to the skin, so it is like wearing the silicone sheets. It is called biocorneum. Dont waste your money on others. ...Read more

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Besides excimer laser; what other therapies are effective for vitiligo? If its natural, even better. Thanks

Besides excimer laser; what other therapies are effective for vitiligo?  If its natural, even better. Thanks

UVB-NB phototherapy: This is less invasive than excimer laser but will take more sessions. Note that there is no guarantee that any treatment would work. ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to cure yeast infections without going to doctor and getting medicated creams ?

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