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Topical Cream 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
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
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
Difficult: Unless you are a pharmacist specializing in compounding medications, this may be challenging. ...Read more
See details: Topical cortisones and coal tar derivatives can be effective. ...Read more
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
If I put topical cream on my jock itch more than twice a day, will it clear it up faster? And if it does how much faster will it clear up?
Rash: It should be better in a few days but do it for 10 to 14 days ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Efudex (fluorouracil): Fluorouracil topical cream / Efudex is a topical used to treat pre-cancerous & cancerous skin growths. ...Read more
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
Gloves: Use gloves while applying and avoid applying above the neck. ...Read more
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
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
I was prescribed ivermectin 3mg tablets for 12 days to treat scabies. Can I use some type of otc topical cream for the itch?
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
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
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