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Topical Pain Relief Ointments
A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more
Menthol, capsaicin: If limited to over the counter ointments, some options include counterirritant products(menthol, camphor, eucalyptus oil), capsaicin, or ointments with salicylates. Some of the above ointments include icy hot, tiger balm, bengay, aspercreme, capsaicin. There are other perscription options that should be discussed with your physician such as lidocain based patches, anti-inflamatory based ointments. ...Read more
I am looking for longterm relief from eczema! topical steroid creams are only temporary, what can help me maintain it?
Skin Care Plan: Chronic eczema is often treated with long term use of topical steroids. However, using them in this way requires frequent breaks and good follow up with your doctor to make sure you are not having side effects. It also depends a lot on the strength of the steroid and where you are putting them. Eczema requires a coordinated skin care plan of which steroids are a small part. See your doctor. ...Read more
What OTC treatment can be used to heal angular cheilitis? taking multivitas and looking for something topical for pain relief and healing. hydrocorti?
Having anal fissure and hemorroids. Extreme pain and burning. Using ointments but no relief. What can help relieve the pain. Is there a solution?
Anal Fissure Tx: Initial treatment of anal fissures is directed at controlling constipation, softening stools, and reducing anal sphincter spasm. Warm water sitz baths for 10-20 minutes a few times each day are soothing and promote relaxation of the anal muscles, which can also help healing. Topical creams containing hydrocortisone, lidocaine, and nitroglycerine can also be helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Betamethasone cream has be used very effectively for treatment of phimosis in children and adults. It is safe, easy to apply and cost effective. In most published protocols, it is used twice daily for up to 4 weeks and will improve or cure in >70%. The risks are minimal but prolonged use can cause thinning of the skin, and use of the cream extensively over the body can inhibit adrenal steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better absorption &: I am assuming you are talking about sex steroids like Estradiol or testosterone. Fewer side effects are likely, because they do not go through the liver first. If you are talking about corticosteroids, the medicine is on the skin at a higher concetration, sparing the body of steroid aside effects. They are used for inflammatory skin issues. Most forms are creams and ointments, not gels. ...Read more
Essential oils: Like tea tree or lemon balm oils can speed healing and relief. Homeopathic rhus box can also help. I have had great success with a chinese herbaceutical called schmoove. (ww.Franzcenter.Com is one place to see it) aloe may offer some relief as can topical zovirax (acyclovir) (a prescription form your doc). ...Read more
Lumbar sympathetic block provided no relief for burning pain, what other interventional treatments are available?
Dual non-traditional: Burning=virtually always neurologic origin.Contrary to typical approach like blocks of spinal nerves, new & 150 yr old evidence shows most such pain is due to peripheral nerves, not central.Osteopathic history & exam may give info about structural causes (ex. pinching of nerves) & manipulation may correct.Additionally, neuroprolotherapy (relatively new procedure)-very effective for this pain type. ...Read more
Many options: There are many options and the answer depends upon the type of pain you are treating. Musculoskeletal pain responds well to biofreeze and tiger balm. Inflammatory conditions respond to voltaren (diclofenac) gel. Nerve type pain responds to Lidoderm patches. This is my experience, other docs may have other suggestions. ...Read more
What's the best at home natural pain relief for a boil? And what other natural alternatives are there if ointments or at home remedies arnt available
Skin abscess: Small skin abscesses (boils) will heal over time but often speeded by minor surgery to drain pus. Standard pain meds are recommended, such as aspirin (a "natural" medication derived from the willow tree). If the abscess is large, or with much pain or surrounding redness or fever, for sure needs drainage and often an antibiotic. In such cases, relying on "natural" remedies can be very dangerous. ...Read more
Not sure of your iss: Not sure what gas and oil you want to use. I can not think about any gas /oil mix that would be useful. ...Read more
Diagnosed with anal fissure, is there any pain relief ointments that can be used? Currently using glycerine suppositories.
Anal fissures no fun: Anal fissures are like paper-cuts. They can bleed, hurt, & recur, particularly with defecation & other activities that increases pelvic pressure. Disorders of anal-rectal function, straining at hard stool, prolonged sitting, heavy lifting, long distance walks/runs should be avoided. If stool softeners, fiber & behavior changes don't cure, can use topical nitrate or diltiazem with anesthetic agent. ...Read more
Probably not: Unless the package is marked that it can be used in the eye, it is best not used for that purpose. There are plenty of eye products in pharmacies that have been cleared for eye use. ...Read more
Can equate triple antibiotic+pain relief ointment help with my acne scab? It's a black scab on my chin and I want to know if the ointment will help.
Scar Prevention: In general, the best way to reduce scarring from acne is to prevent acne lesions from happening in the first place and to avoid sun exposure. Antibiotic ointment will probably not make much difference. Also, some antibiotic ointments can clog pores, depending on what the ingredients are. ...Read more
Depends: Your question is very general and incomplete. You need to be more specific on which part of your body is hurting. Depending on your physician's assessment conservative treatments like physical therapy and use of certain devices, medications and others. You have to be more specific on your question. ...Read more
Variable response: A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even if their pain worsened. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acupuncture: Is a form of alternative and complementary treatment. It is derived from traditional chinese medicine. Research has indicated that acupuncture is a useful integrative and complementary treatment for medical complicate conditions. Also research has proven that acupuncture has no risk of dependence or side effects. ...Read more
Unclear: Cannot answer this without knowing what kind of pain reliever you're talking about and what dosage. If you could provide more information about the medication and dosage, we can give you information on the recommended amount and frequency. ...Read more
Heat Cold: Muscle iced and massaged, joints warmed up often makes them feel better (unless they are already warm- then put ice on them two. ...Read more
Acupuncture: Has been successfull for many people i know, including myself. ...Read more
Only if instructed : Only id directed by physician to do so .Pain killers are most of the time serious medication that should only be taken as instrcuted by prescriber. ...Read more
Sure: Warm shower or a bath can decrease muscular tension and spasms/cramps. Make sure you are well hydrated and consider a multi-vitamin as these can cause cramping. Green tea and other foods may lessen inflammatory processes. Tart cherry extract, ginger, curcumin, omega 3 fatty acids all have potential to reduce inflammation & thus pain. Massage and meditation also help at home. ...Read more
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