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Yes: The most important trick is to apply the moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing which you are encouraged to do (this is in contrast with older recommendations). I personally prefer ulactin which contains equivalents of the body's own moisturizer. However cervave and others have their own fans. There are also great rx moisturizers but at $75 or more for 2-3 oz- mostly unaffordable. ...Read more
Aldara (imiquimod): Aldara (imiquimod) is an immune modulator used for the treatment of condylomata accuminata ( genital warts). It can cause pain, burning, irritation. It is also being used to treat some forms of vulva dysplasias as these are hpv related. Dermatologists are also using this for some skin cancers. ...Read more
Can topical medication (benzoyl peroxide, ceraVe moisturizing lotion, and physical based sunscreen) worsen/cause anxiety or any mental health issues?
No: No, topical medications should not affect mental health, other than improve it when symptoms they are treating are improving. ...Read more
Do you ever recommend emu oil for your patients with painful/pruritic dermatitis, herpetic lesions or psoriasis?
Emu Oil: See the following web site: http://bedrockemuworks.Com/50-reasons-to-use-emu-oil/.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes: Well, no. I recommend Hydrocortisone 0.5 to 1% creams purchased otc but i tell folks to choose generic brands for cost. This is the weakest strength of any steroid cream. There are clearly times when it will not be sufficiently potent to treat a flare of eczema. On the other other hand i would not recommend stronger corticosteroids for the face. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Itchy Contact dermatitis - shots, prednisone, Claritin, Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra, and various creams not helping (getting worse). Any other treatments?
How do I calm flared Rosacea and atopic dermatitis without using a cortisone steroid? Preferably naturally?
Not much: but the most important cause for AD is the defective skin barrier leading to water loss. Applying a good moisturizer ...Read more
No: See a doctor for help with this disease. You may need prescriptions and other topicals that can be very helpful to your situation. It is a life long disorder and you need a real plan of action. ...Read more
It depends: Warts are due to HPV, and certain creams or ointments can be very effective in clearing warts (e.g. Aldara®, Zyclara®, Condylox®, Veregen® in the US, other names elsewhere). However, there are no creams to treat non-wart HPV infections, such as abnormal pap smear or invisible HPV skin lesions. First get a professional exam to confirm the diagnosis and follow the doc's advice about best Rx for you. ...Read more
Unbearably itchy upper body & scalp. No scabies, lice, dandruff, or allergies (tested). Rashes on hands/inner elbows/chest. Steroid cream not helping?
See Allergist: Given you unbearable itching symptoms and rash refractory to topical steroids I would suggest making an appointment to see an allergist for further workup/evaluation. Eczema, contact dermatitis, urticaria (hives), etc. are all skin condition that you could be suffering from. Getting workup up by a specialist might provide more answers/treatments. ...Read more
My legs are itchy. Tried moisturizing with lotion. Tried using different soap. Neither worked. No contact with plants, etc. No obvious rash?
Circulation, sensiti: If you have diabetes or other underlying diseases this could contribute to itching or burning on the legs. Many drugs have side effects that include itching. You may have subclinical dermatitis. Hydrocortisone cream over the counter alone or combined with saran lotion may help. If persistent blood tests and prescription cream is next step. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did allergists study dermatology? (atopic dermatitis) or are they not knowledgeable in that area?
Probably: People tend to share everything else on facebook, so i would not be surprised if people were sharing medical photos. I know I have seen some trauma photos people have taken of themselves while waiting in the emergency department. ...Read more
Your Preference: Cetaphil, eucerin, and lubriderm will all effectively hydrate your skin. Their sensation on the skin is personal preference. When applied, some patients have described their feel as: heavy, thick, greasy, slimy, or messy. ...Read more