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What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

Several: You can use Lidoderm patches which contain a local anesthetic (lidocaine) or zostrix (capsaicin) cream which contains cayenne pepper extract. They work in totally different ways. The Lidoderm suppresses nerve activity. The zostrix (capsaicin) depletes substance p which is one of the neurochemicals that transmits pain. Neither should be used on the open sores. ...Read more

Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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Can econazole nitrate (topical) 1% cream be used to treat shingles?

Can econazole nitrate (topical) 1% cream be used to treat shingles?

No.: No, for two reasons. Econazole is an anti-FUNGAL drug, while shingles is due to a VIRAL infection. Second, econazole works only where applied, on the surface of the skin. Shingles manifests in the skin, but the infection resides in the dorsal root ganglion near the spinal cord. Risk of shingles may be reduced with vaccination. It may be treated with some ant-viral drugs, such as valacyclovir. ...Read more

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Is lidocaine topical cream strong?

Lidocaine: The question is loaded. Do you mean is it strong enough for analgesia or do you mean is it too strong for allie? ...Read more

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How do you get capsaicin topical cream?

How do you get capsaicin topical cream?

Capsaicin: Buy this from the drug store- its over the counter. ...Read more

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What is the best topical cream for eczema?

What is the best topical cream for eczema?

Vanicream: Fragrance-free moisturizers like Vanicream, Cetaphil, Eucerin and Aquaphor are all good options. Uses 1-2 times per day, the best time to apply is right after getting out of shower. Avoid harsh and drying cleansers, such as Ivory, Irish Spring, or Lever 2000. I like Dove white bar. ...Read more

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Can any topical cream help with nerve pain or is this a hoax?

Can any topical cream help with nerve pain or is this a hoax?

Capsaicin: Capsaicin has been shown to help with nerve pain by depleting the c-fiber endings of some of their neurotransmitters and thus helping with pain. It is now available over the counter. Check with your neurologist to see if it might be appropriate for you. ...Read more

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What is the best topical cream for psoriasis?

What is the best topical cream for psoriasis?

Corticosteroid cream: There is no one the best topical. Doctors on this site do not recommend specific brands but all are steroid creams. ...Read more

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What is the most effective topical cream for psoriasis?

What is the most effective topical cream for psoriasis?

See details: Topical cortisones and coal tar derivatives can be effective. ...Read more

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How to repair the skin thinned after topical cream usage?

How to repair the skin thinned after topical cream usage?

Time and treatment: Avoiding all topical steroids, using Elidel/Protopic type topical until newer boron and other based creams are available. Time, sometimes as long as a year will improve things naturally and as things improve a mild AHA containing moisturizer can help stimulate a little collagen production to aid healing. Light and laser stimulation may help. Sun protection. Retinoids helpful on the face but harsh ...Read more

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Can skin go back to thicker after using steroid topical cream?

Can skin go back to thicker after using steroid topical cream?

Sometimes: Steroid atrophy caused by topical steroid use is sometimes temporary and self corrects, but sometimes it does not. Only time will tell. ...Read more

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What adverse effect I could get with monobenzone topical cream?

What adverse effect I could get with monobenzone topical cream?

Severl things: First nothing may happen
A drying of the skin
A contact dermatitis which is an itchy redness
You could have an allergy to the medication again itchy, red maybe swollen
Aside form these little much else. ...Read more

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Could lidocaine w/ prilocaine-topical cream be used in area of pain?

Could lidocaine w/ prilocaine-topical cream be used in area of pain?

Yes: Depending on the source of pain they may provide some relief. Don't expect relief unless the source of pain is superficial. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to turn my pure 1% medical grade lidocaine into a topical cream I can rub on my leg?

Is there anyway to turn my pure 1% medical grade lidocaine into a topical cream I can rub on my leg?

No,: 1% is not strong enough for topical and you can't make it stronger, also you shouldn't be attempting things like that unless you're a pharmacist ...Read more

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Is there a problem associated with using a topical cream that isn't prescribed to me?

Is there a problem associated with using a topical cream that isn't prescribed to me?

Definitely: The cream, first of all, may not treat the condition you have. Secondly, your rash may be more severe so that the topical cream you borrowed may not be as effective for your condition. Please consult your doctor who can prescribe the right medication. ...Read more

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Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Potentially.: Applying a strong steroid cream for too long on thin skin (face, groin, underarms, etc.) will eventually cause thinning of the skin (atrophy) and eventually stretch marks (striae). That's why dermatologists cringe when they see strong steroids prescribed for areas that are too sensitive to handle them properly. Strong creams should be used only on thick skin for a couple of weeks at most. ...Read more

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When do I need to take and oral antihistamine for itching as opposed to a topical cream?

When do I need to take and oral antihistamine for itching as opposed to a topical cream?

Itchy Skin: When the area of itch is too significant for a small amount of cream to cover. And there is nothing wrong with doing both. Itching can be an internal issue or an external issue. Antihistamines help to drastically reduce itch and are longer lasting, depending on the topical cream/ointment used. ...Read more

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My husband got big 1st degree burns on his arm today at work. What topical cream would u recommend best. Thanks in advance.

My husband got big 1st degree burns on his arm today at work. What topical cream would u recommend best. Thanks in advance.

Topical Burn Cream: Burns are classified as 1st, 2and, or 3rd degree with 3rd degree being the worst. You did not mention how large an area is affected. If no topical cream or ointment has been prescribed, you may want to ask your husband's doctor if silver sulfadiazine (silvadine) cream would benefit your husband's burns. I have seen silver sulfadiazine cream used in burn centers. Sulfa allergy excludes use. ...Read more

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What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

Efudex (fluorouracil): Fluorouracil topical cream / Efudex is a topical used to treat pre-cancerous & cancerous skin growths. ...Read more

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Is it OK to drink alcohol while using baclofen topical cream?

Is it OK to drink alcohol while using baclofen topical cream?

Best to avoid: Check out http://www.drugs.com/baclofen.html: "Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of baclofen." Sure, there's supposed to be less side effects if applied to skin compared to when swallowed but do you really want/need to risk "Baclofen may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert." ...Read more

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What is a strong prescription topical cream for a bad case of athlete's foot?

What is a strong prescription topical cream for a bad case of athlete's foot?

You don't : Necessarily need a strong one, most are comparable..... If it is severe it may be wise to take an oral antifungal agent as well. See a foot doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do about neck/shoulder/back pain- can I use pain pill and topical cream?

What to do about neck/shoulder/back pain- can I use pain pill and topical cream?

Depends: On what's in the topical cream. If you're using prescription topical cream like voltaren (diclofenac) gel or PENNSAID along with medications like naproxen, ibuprophen or others, then it could hurt your stomach and or kidneys. If you take herbal creams, it shouldn't be an issue. ...Read more

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I was prescribed ivermectin 3mg tablets for 12 days to treat scabies. Can I use some type of otc topical cream for the itch?

I was prescribed ivermectin 3mg tablets for 12 days to treat scabies. Can I use some type of otc topical cream for the itch?

Yes: This medication can be combined with an oral steroid. Start with 1% hydrocortisone — mix a good portion with an eczema cream and spread over affected areas within 3 minutes after shower/bath. See your MD for alternative prescription strength creams if this is not helpful. Itch will stop when the body absorbs the dead mite from the skin.

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/ss/slideshow-scabies-overview ...Read more

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I have HPV and herpes, I had warts electrocuted but they all came back, how harmful is HPV n will a topical cream or other tx b effective?

I have HPV and herpes, I had warts electrocuted but they all came back, how harmful is HPV n will a topical cream or other tx b effective?

Need to be checked: You should consult a dermatologist and yes these can be treated with prescription cream Imiquimod5% creamor Sinecatechins15% ointment. Or doctor administred therapy like podophyline, Trichloacetic acid or cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen
And lastly Surgery or Electro Cautry like you had before
You also have Herpes. So practice safe sex and make sure it is also treated if there are breakouts ...Read more

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Mild to moderate crps- I'm in active pt and go to the gym 4x/week. Also, use a topical cream. Yes it's painful. Why do my joints stay stiff?

Mild to moderate crps- I'm in active pt and go to the gym 4x/week. Also, use a topical cream. Yes it's painful. Why do my joints stay stiff?

Consider rheumatolgy: If your joints are truly stiff for many hours (not painful--actually difficult to move) and it is associated with constant swelling, see your regular doctor and ask if a rheumatology referral would be useful. Morning stiffness is a key feature of inflammatory arthritis but if it doesn't get even a little better during the day, then not as likely arthritis. May also need a new physical therapist. ...Read more

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Getting nitrous during dental op but besides this I feel it's not sufficient. Is it common for all dentists to have some topical cream to add?

Getting nitrous during dental op but besides this I feel it's not sufficient. Is it common for all dentists to have some topical cream to add?

Anesthesia: The nitrous is used only to calm you down. In addition, you will have a topical anesthetic prior to your injection. This should provide proper anesthesia. If you feel discomfort, let someone know! ...Read more

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