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What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter acne treatment?

OTC Acne meds: Something that smells good, works well and is portable. A bit of color is an additional plus so you can treat and camouflage at the same time! salicylic acid and low percentage benzoyl peroxide are common ingredients. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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What should I look for in an over-the-counter nail fungus treatment?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter nail fungus treatment?

See below: Unfortunately, no over-the-counter nail fungus treatments available have actually been proven effective in peer-reviewed studies. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an anti-aging skin product?

What should I look for in an anti-aging skin product?

A C and E: Different forms of vitamin a include retinoids, retinol and retin a (tretinoin). These are related compounds that have proven collagen boosting effects. The products available over the counter usually do not contain enough active ingredient to be very effective. Vitamin c also has collagen boosting effects and powerful antioxidant effects. Vitamin e is another great antioxidant. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an over-the-counter skin care product?

What should I look for in an over-the-counter skin care product?

Depends: Depends on what your skin care needs are... Do you have problems with acne? Dry skin? In general, products that are fragrance-free and lack unnecessary ingredients are preferred. Some safe choices are cerave & cetaphil products. You should see your physician or be evaluated by a dermatologist for more specific recommendations given your skin type. ...Read more

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What should I look for in an OTC psoriasis shampoo?

What should I look for in an OTC psoriasis shampoo?

Sal acid and Tar: Psoriatic scalp often is also colonized by a common yeast called pityrosporum ovale, which is the same yeast that causes dandruff. Treatment involves controlling yeast proliferation and exfoliating. Otc shampoos for dandruff generally helps with psoriasis as well such as head and shoulder, neutrogena t-gel, neutrogena t-sal, dhs, or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoos. ...Read more

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Hello, what would you recommend for the most effective OTC treatment for folliculitis on the buttocks?

Hello, what would you recommend for the most effective OTC treatment for folliculitis on the buttocks?

OTC-may not work: You can try using a 50/50 combination of Neosporin(triple antibiotic ointment) and 1% hydrocortisone cream mixed together and applied with a glove or large Q-tip: may help a bit; however, if not improving within 3 days, see your physician for antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is there an over the counter medication I can use to help clear up the shingles's?

Is there an over the counter medication I can use to help clear up the shingles's?

Calamine lotion: No medicine will clear up shingles. However you can try to put some soothing cream on the area to keep it from being uncomfortable. ...Read more

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What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

What over-the-counter medicine can be used for treatment of scabies for body and furniture? What do they look like on your skin?

There are none: Scabies mites cannot be killed by over-the-counter meds. Prescriptions include: Permethrin cream 5%, crotamiton 10%, lindane 1%, sulfur ointment 5-10%, and oral ivernectin pills (off-label). The mites burrow under the skin, and look like small red raised bumps. Clothing and bedding from 2-3da before treatment should be washer in hot soapy water, dried in hot drier; or placed in airtight bag x 7da. ...Read more

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What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

What is the cream for ringworm that i can get it over-the-counter my son is only 8 yrs. Old and have this ringworm... Looking for a cream that i can buy from the pharmacy without any prescription....

Clotrimazole : Clotrimazole is the generic name for the over the counter cream that treats ringworm. Apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks until the lesion disappears completely and then some. Keep it covered for the first day of treatment (or longer if you want to) to prevent spread. Your child will need to see his doctor for a stronger medication if the ringworm is on his scalp, continues to spread after treatment at home or if it doesn't get better after 4 weeks of treatment at home. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for the skin disease rosacea. And if i can get name of cream.

What is the best treatment for the skin disease rosacea. And if i can get name of cream.

Prescription: The topical medications that we prescribe for rosacea most commonly are of the Metronidazole type -- either gel , cream or lotion with strengths varying from 0.75% to 1%. Another commonly used product is Finacea Gel 15%. Please see your dermatologist for the best option for you. ...Read more

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I want to treat my family for tapeworms etc. What medicine should I look for at the local pharmacy that would be used for this?

I want to treat my family for tapeworms etc. What medicine should I look for at the local pharmacy that would be used for this?

None: There is no good over-the-counter medication for tapeworm. Please see your physician for the appropriate prescriptions, based on diagnosis, patient size, and patient age. ...Read more

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Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for severe sunburn you can get over the counter?

Is there a number one doctor-recommended solution for severe sunburn you can get over the counter?

Aloe and aspirin: As long as you can take aspirin, it is the best acute pain reliever for sunburn, along with a soothing gel like aloe vera. Sometimes your treatment may require oral and / or topical steroids. ...Read more

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Could 'over the counter' mean that I have to go up to the counter and ask for it?

All that OTC: (Over the Counter) means in this context is that the medication does not require a prescription. If may be on the aisle. ...Read more

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I have toenail fungus and there are no laser treatments available in my area and i don't want to take an oral med. What is the best OTC option?

I have toenail fungus and there are no laser treatments available  in my area and i don't want to take an oral med. What is the best OTC option?

Depends on the cause: Have it evaluated by a professional. Otc medications are more effective if combined with nail debridement. See your podiatrist to get the best results. ...Read more

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I have a blister under my foreskin, whats the best over the counter treatment?

I have a blister under my foreskin, whats the best over the counter treatment?

Rest and hygiene: Hi AH, Sorry to hear that you are feeling poorly. As long as there does not look like there is current infection (redness, pain, pus) in the area, I would recommend rest - refraining from sexual activity or masturbation, and keeping the area dry and clean. Here is some general info on proper hygiene http://wb.md/2oN52V8 Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does 'over the counter' mean, do I have to go up to the counter and ask for it?

No: Over the counter means the medication can be obtained without a prescription. ...Read more

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