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Doctor insights on: Topical Cream For Shingles

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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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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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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

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