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What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

What topical cream or lotion is typically prescribed for shingles?

Zovirax (acyclovir): However systemic or internal treatment is a better choice because the virus is under the skin in the nerve root. Zovirax, Famvir or Valtrex (valacyclovir) are the prescription medications used for treatment of shingles. Oral steroids can help with the swelling and potentially decrease the pain.The vaccine can prevent shingles in people over 50. ...Read more

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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?

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, 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 best topical. Doctors on this site do not recommend specific brands but all are steroid creams. ...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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more