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Question about ear drops called neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone?
I went to the doctor because I had a blind pimple in my ear but wanted to make sure there was no infection.... The nurse noticed a little swelling and ear wax build up.... The nurse gave me neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone ear drops.... My ear was fine until I used the drops.... I used the first drops last night at 10:00 p.m. and my ear has been blocked since... It feels like there could be water in there and I have done everything to get it out...

My question is has this happened to anyone?? Is this normal with ear drops??? Any more suggestions on how to get the water out and this blockage to go away??? I can't hear out of my ear
fun11
09/28/08
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  yes, its normal but if you still feel that blocking after few hours then please do consult that nurse again.
in the mean time just clean slowly your ears with ear bud to absorb that liquid.
Gooden G
09/29/08
what is neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone?
what is normal dosage and what is it used for?
Robin P
09/30/06
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  Neomycin and Polymixin B sulfates are OTC topical antibiotics; hydrocortisone is an OTC antinflammatory. These medications are often found together in cream and/or unguent form. They are used to prevent infection in minor cuts, abrasions, superficial burns, insect bites, etc. They are to be applied to the affected area 2-to-3 times a day; if condition doesn't improve within 5 days or seems to get worse, you should discontinue use and consult a physician.
la_nena_sabe...
09/30/06
Can i use this instead of neosporin?
I cut offs skin tag and iI want to put neosporin on it but we dont hve any. I looked around the house and found something called fougera and it says "triple antibiotic ointment (neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and bacitracin zinc ointment USO) uses: first aid to help prevent infection in minor cuts,scrapes, Burns" sounds like I can use it right?
istillx3him
06/30/11
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  you should be fine
Jessica A
06/30/11
neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone otic suspension?
Can this be used as a medicine for pink eye?
Alex
02/01/10
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  No, the "otic" part means it's intended for your ear (to treat an ear infection). Don't use this in your eye.

Neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates are antibiotics. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid anti-inflammatory.

If you have conjunctivitis (pinkeye) it's best to see a physician and get an optic (eye) solution.
july
02/01/10
shelf life of neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone otic suspension usp?
tony k
01/11/07
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  The actual expiration date should be printed on the bottle. That expiration date is for an unopened bottle. Once the bottle seal has been opened, the contents are no longer sterile and have been exposed to the environment, which over time leads to deterioration and decreased effectiveness.

Each state's pharmacy board determines whether a discard date is required on the prescription label. Most states mandate 1 year (or less). This is an arbitary date although it is based on studies that have shown that regardless of storage conditions most drugs will still be potent after one year. However, this is for the most stable dosage forms, tablets and capsules. Sterile ear or eye drops are less stable once opened and some manufacturers suggest discarding 3 to 6 months after opening.

Hope this helps.

Rick the pharmacist
Rickydotcom
01/11/07
Should I use neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates for my ear?
5 years agoI had surgery for a hole in the ear drum. They closed the hole but now 5yrs later my ear starting to hurt and I couldn't sleep. So I visited my doctor and he said I have a ear infection and he gave me neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates drops. Should I use the drops and if yes do they burn or hurt? I am a pain f
Gary Roberts
07/30/11
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neomycin and polymxin b sulfates,bactracin zinc and hydrocortisone acetate ophthalmic ointment usp ??
what is it used for?
krswtangl
01/03/07
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  Neomycin, Polymixin B, and Bacitracin are all antibiotics. The hydrocortisone is a steroid.

The antibiotics are used to treat an infection, and the hydrocortisone is used as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling.
brian w
01/03/07
Triple Antibiotic Ointment?
Bacitracin Zinc
Neomycin sulfate
Polymyxin B sulfate
Is there any Anti-fungle component here?
JAMES
07/30/06
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  NO....anti-bacterial only and normally for skin infections. Antifungals are things like Tinactin or al ot of other over the counter types for jock itch, female vaginal infections, yeast infections.
Sassy OLD Broad
07/30/06
eomycin and polymyxin b sulfates?
5 years agoI had surgery for a hole in the ear drum. They closed the hole but now 5yrs later my ear starting to hurt and I couldn't sleep. So I visited my doctor and he said I have a ear infection and he gave me neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates drops. Should I use the drops and if yes do they burn or hurt? I am a pain f
Gary Roberts
07/29/11
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At home treatment for corneal abrasion?
I have been to the doctor for this before, and I was prescribed an antibiotic eyedrop. (Neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone opthalmic suspension)
Now I have been using saline solution and a little visine, along with the antibiotic/antihistamine eye drops. What should I be doing in the meantime? I want to kill myself this hurts so bad.
Sarah-Claire
05/15/09
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  hmm. how do you know its an abrasion? i have many, many patients think thats what they have b/c it feels like other things. cant really go by feeling.

if you're a contact lens wearer, its probably not an abrasion.

*IF* it were to be an abrasion, you could:

1) wear contacts (believe it or not)
2) pressure patch

the problem with those 2 are: if its not an abrasion but rather an infectious or inflammatory problem, then you could be causing great harm by doing one of those.

why not go to the eye doc? just to make sure
princeidoc
05/15/09
Continued use of ear drops until it is empty?
I am using a Bausch and Lomb otic suspension with neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone.

Rx says instill 5 drops 4 times a day. The oral med is gone. should I continue with the suspension until it is gone ?
Rx does not give an end date. Doc did not specify to use until out or not.
OBC
01/29/08
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  Does it say to do that on the bottle?
Did your doctor tell you different?

Those are your answers.
getcha tissues ready
01/29/08
Can i use Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydro Otic solution if im am allergic to e-mycin?
Concerned Mother
10/11/06
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  DEFINATLY NO, AS ERYTHROMYCINE AND NEOMYCIN ARE DRUGS OF SAME GROUP. IF PATIENT IS ALLERGIC TO ONE DRUG THERE ARE HIGH CHANCES THAT HE WILL BE ALLERGIC TO OTHER DRUGS OF SAME CLASS.
IM DOCTOR
dr sachpw
10/11/06
Ear infection, weird substance coming out of my ear, should i be worried?
I have been taking azithromycin tablets and Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic ear drops treating my ear infection for 4 days now. There is this pink ear waxy substance that is coming out of my ear now, I was just wondering if anyone knows if this is a bad sign or maybe just a sign to show that its healing. Thank you for any help you can give!
Tiffanie
06/15/10
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  You shouldn't have anything coming out of your ear. If it's a pink waxy "stuff" it could be tainted with blood. I would suggest you call your doctor and ask him.
cowboydoc
06/15/10
Loss of Hearing after ear infection?
I had an ear infection a week ago and the Doctor prescribed me Bactrim DS Tablets 800/160 to take 1 tablet twice daily for 5 days. And prescribed me Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates And Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension, USP Drops to take 4 times a day. I am done with the medicine and now i have loss of hearing in both ears. What should I do??/ Im done with the medicine. I am 16 years old.
Danny Rehan
12/24/09
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  Absent tenderness of the outer ear or discharge of pus through ruptured eardrums, your probable loss of hearing is due to fluid/mucus trapped behind the ear drums after a middle ear infection.

In this setting the ear drops are irrational and are adding to your sense of hearing loss, and should be stopped.

The clearing of your ears requires drainage of the snot down your eustachian tubes into your throat (nasopharynx).

Best OTC intervention would be guaifenesin/pseudoephedrine
(Mucinex).

Merry Xmas,

-ENT MD x30y

PS ignore the advice below to get an enema
Docmaggot
12/25/09
Antibiotics.?
I'm uncircumcised, and I sort of over masturbated, and since I don't use lubricant, the skin of the penis became irritated and starting peeling off. So now I'm using "Triple Aintibiotic Ointment" on it to prevent infection. (Polymyxin B sulfate - Bacitracin Zinc - Neomycin Sulfate)
What would happen if I left the antibiotic ointment on for extended periods of time? Like if I went to sleep with it, would anything harmful or negative happen? How often should I "renew" the ointment?

Thanks for your answers.
Gdkshhgj G
04/01/08
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  no ,just as long as you wash yourself down there and keep it clean, and use the med afterward don't keep it on any longer than over night wash and put med on,it should be find ,but if any swelling ,red and painful you need to see your Dr,
sexy
04/01/08
Is Rx Bacitracin for opthalmic use the same as Bacitracin Zinc?
I was given an Rx but I already have a couple packets of Bacitracin Zinc. Are they the same?
This is going on the eyelid, not actually in the eye, BTW.
ɹǝʇl∀ Ego
06/25/10
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  They aren't exactly the same, but I don't know if the topical one would hurt except that I'm sure it would burn like hell if you got it in your eye. I'd recommend getting the ophthalmic one, or the pharmacist might be able to tell you in the store because he or she would have the package inserts that they could check and see just how different they are.

The concentration of bacitracin is the same according to what I can find, but my concern is that the inactive ingredients may not be appropriate for use in or around the eye.
A
06/25/10
My dog's eyelids are infected, what caused it, what more can I do?
Casper's eyes are infected with what is probably a Bacterial infection. He has had this problem for 2 1/2-3 weeks now. We have been to the vet for the past 2 weeks (2 visits) and he has him on an eye ointment (Neomycin and Polymyxin B, Sulfates, Bactracin Zinc, and Hydrocortisone Acetate Ophthalmic) 2 times daily (I use the Cone to keep him from rubbing the ointment off with his Paw). ALSO, he is on Baytril 20 Mg Tabs, and Temaril-P (Just in case it had something to do with an allergic reaction). We have had him on the Antibiotics now for 1 full week and his eyes are still very puffy and red. The small glands of his eyelids are very swollen- due to the infection. I don't know what it is. Is it a bacterial infection.... Could it be something else?? Please look at his photo and tell me your opinion.

PS. He is an indoor dog who only goes out occasionally. He is 2 yrs old.

Here are his pics.:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/29843111@N03/3819012497/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29843111@N03/3819819994/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/29843111@N03/3819012497/in/photostream/
Dristy F
08/14/09
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  Our dog has been suffering from the same thing since July 23rd! Your poor pup. We have been back to the vet 3x's and his meds have been switched twice. On our last visit, the vet said, "If he doesn't respond to this antibiotic eye ointment, you'll have to take him to the ophthalmologist." So...he didn't and once we stopped the steroid pills, his eyes got so red and inflamed. I have a call in to the eye doc and hoping to get in today. Please keep me posted and I'll keep you posted. You can email me directly ......
Best to your pup and you. It's so worrisome.

Courtney
CourtneyC
08/14/09
My cat scratched my eye ?
My eye is just a little bit watery , and it kinda hurts , i don't want to tell my mom , because i don't want my cat to get in trouble, because my cat has been a little naughty lately . My question is , could it be dangerous ?

ps...my dad is a doctor and he told me to use his ''neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and gramicidin ophthalmic solution usp'' its neosporin for the eyes and its double anti-biotics

04/29/11
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  ummm go to the doctor...better to be safe than sorry
Jason Murphy
04/29/11
PLEASE HELP!!! I RLY NEED ADVICE!!!!!?
I think I a penis foreskin condition called Balanitis! (I think)
according to this -->
http://www.steadyhealth.com/foreskin_burn_t67008.html
foreskin dryness, red burn areas under foreskin, flaking genitals. Now I bought a med, for my chappy lips seems to be more or less same symptoms(like eczema). Life brand Antibiotic Ointment Bacitracin Zinc and Polymyxin B sulfate ointment USP (Prvents infection&aids healing of minor cuts, scrapes & burns) Each gram contains Bacitracin Zinc 500 units and Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units. Also contains white petrolatum.I tried some (very little on a small area) yesterday night and it seemed to work for a few hours(put I put very little so yea). No secondary effects. Should I continue using this med? yes I know I have to see a doc but its sunday and appointment takes 1 week to get, I need relief. so by that time I get the appointment itll be monday next.

ONLINE DOCS AND NURSES PLEASE HELP I rly need to know if this thing is okay to apply everywhere (and yea ill go see a doc soon but it flakes and gets sore and tight and red if I dont treat it meanwhile)
Soul
12/13/09
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  It certainly sounds like balanitis or a yeast infection.

I'm not sure you should be using that ointment - it might help now, but it could also make things worse later. There are things you could try.

First, make sure you pull back your foreskin and wash under there every time you take a shower/bath. Only use water, as it's possible that if you used soap on your foreskin/penis, that could be the cause of your balanitis. Some soaps are just too harsh for the sensitive skin there, so try not using any soap for a few days. When you're done, make sure you dry the area gently with a towel or let it "air dry" for a minute or two before returning your foreskin back over the glans (penis head).

When you urinate, pull back your foreskin and when you're done, wipe the last drops of urine on either a piece of toilet paper or the back of your hand (you're going to wash your hands anyway). This will help prevent drops of urine from remaining under your foreskin which could sometimes make balanitis/yeast infections a bit worse.

Next, you could try applying body lotion to the affected area. If it's dry, flaky, itchy, etc, applying lotion to where that's happening could help. Lastly, drink cranberry juice and eat yogurt, as these foods help the body fight off yeast infections.

I hope this helps. If it doesn't clear or get better within 2-3 days, then call your doctor. He/she will have some kind of antibacterial/antifungal cream for the area. Oh, and it may be a good idea to abstain from masturbating or sex until you're foreskin's back to normal as friction can make things worse.
trebla_5
12/13/09
Does polysporin antibiotic ointment help get rid of brown spots?
Bacitracin Zinc and Polymyxin B Sulfate ointment
the best
08/19/08
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  No. Antibiotics are for infections, and brown spots are not infections.
deb s
08/19/08
Bacterial Conjunctivitis?
My doctor prescribed me Zylet,it's working ok but i was wondering what is better for bacterial conjunctivitis Zylet or Tobradex?? 2nd Question: Does Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone work for conjunctivitis??
blue0re0
12/09/09
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  I usually prefer Zylet. Zylet is tobramycin + loteprednol, and Tobradex is tobramycin + dexamethasone. The tobramycin is the antibiotic. Dexamethasone and loteprednol are both anti-inflammatory agents, but loteprednol has a lower incidence of raising the pressure in your eyes. All three (Tobradex, Zylet, and neo/polyB/dex) are acceptable for bacterial conjunctivitis, though your doctor usually has a preference (as I do) from their experience and from keeping up with recent studies.

Doc
Doc
12/09/09
Can I use this bottle of previously prescribed antibiotic eyedrops for pink eye?
I had pink eye last year and the doctor prescribed "Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Dexamethasone Ophthalmic Suspension LSP". In fact, I'm not really sure if this is the antibiotic so I'd like confirmation on that, too. If it is, could I use it right now for my eye? Will it clear up by tomorrow? I can't miss school on Monday! (new semester)
Michelle
02/02/09
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  I wouldnt. Chances are that the medication is out of date, check that it should be on the bottle. But if you are one of the people who put the dropper on your eye to get the eye drop in, there is already pink eye in the medication, and you'd just be reinfecting yourself.
You dont have to miss school monday, just tell anyone who asks, you poked your self. just dont touch that eye for anything, not even makeup sorry!!
amandajblocker
02/02/09
red eyes very dry like sand is in them, itching and irritated been to reg doc and was given eye drops?
neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and dexamethasone eye drops. He does not have pink eye or anything in his eyes. Doctor does not know exactly what is wrong, suspects allergies. He has some allergies but , not bad. He said if it does not get better then he will have to go to eye doc maybe.
To any eye doc out there.....What could this be? I am not asking for a diagnosis but, mainly what kind of things could cause this? They have been like this for a month and a half and he has been on drops for 2 weeks, with very little to no releif.......THANKS
angelgirl
07/30/10
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  If his eyes don't get better soon, take him to an eye doctor. When I was a teen, my eye turned red, it mattered, especially at night, and it felt like I had sand in them. It turned out being herpes in the eye. Yes, the virus that causes cold sores on the lips can infect the eyes too if your immune system is run down. If herpes in the eye isn't treated immediately, you can lose your eye.
JJ
07/31/10
Ear infection healed with amoxicillin caps and drops with neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocort susp
Could one specify the type of infection given what cured it? Does it narrow the set of possible causes? Best guess, what is the most likely culprit?

I am 36 and this was the first ear infection I have had since I was 6. So I was a bit worried at first. I went to the doctor after 2 days of symptoms... earache, pain in the eustachian tube area below the ear. I had used Q-tips regularly inside the ear canal with care... meaning not hitting the eardrum. Doc said to stop that which I have and will never do again.

Just curious as to what bug might do this and how to avoid it if possible.
OBC
01/29/08
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  The Q-tips caused the problem. Don't use them ever again.
Robert J
01/29/08
What is a very good cream for a cat scratch not to turn into a scar?
I've been putting an antibiotic oitnetment with polymyxin B sulfate/bacitracin zinc/neomycyn sulfate.

I need something that will really work, I don't want any more scars!! :(( the scratch just occurred 5mins ago
It's not a deep one, it's a small one.. but still :(
It's two.
one is about an inch, and the other is an inch & 1/2 long
That Girl
05/04/09
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I can't stop blinking my eyes.?
lately, for the past two days, i have been blinking soooo much. Like twice every second. Literally. It feels my eyes are cold, and there is constant blowing. Like its the feeling when you stick your head out of the window in the car. It might just be the cold. Because here in Wisconsin, it's like almost 0 degrees.

I've been using some OTC eye drops, that don't help at all. I found in my parents medicine cabinet some type of eye drops. I don't know if they are eyedrops though. THey seem strong. They are called Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Gramicidin Opthalmic Solution USP. I'm afraid to take it cuz i don't nkow what it is. I need some relief is all.
Johnathan Pritchard
02/13/08
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  I kind of had the same problem because i was constatnly blinking for no reason. I don't know if it was because i was nervous about something or what, but it eventually went away. I would also call your docter if it continues to do that for the next 3-5days.
omega
02/13/08
What are the complications from an ear infection?
I was diagnosed with otitis externa a week ago and had to go back to the doctor again since the ear drops didn't work, actually made it worse. To begin, my inner ear was EXTREMELY itchy so I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with otitis externa so she gave me ear drops, Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone, so I was like ok. She said if it doesn't work in four days than she would have to see me again. It didn't work it actually made it worse, still EXTREMELY itchy and now it is muffled and feels full. So, I went back and she looked at it at and she said she is going to give me a different ear drop, acetic acid otic solution 2%, and if that didn't work - improve in three days to call her to schedule an appointment for an ENT. So, I am on day 1 and it seems to be worse than the other medicine - now I can't hear and feels full. So, my question is if it doesn't improve what should I expect at the ENT's?
skibum_us
06/25/08
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  It's itchy because it's healing. You have an outer ear infection, and they are much different than a middle ear infection (the more common "ear infection" people talk about). What you have is more commonly called swimmers ear.

The fullness could be to you also having a middle ear infection or from wax impaction. Just wait and see. It could be that you have a fungal infection or a bacterial infection that is resistant to the drugs your doctor gave you. An ENT is much more versed in the treatment of ear diseases and will probably clean your ear out and prescribe more drops for you. This will give them more direct contact with your ear instead of with wax or other debris.
Saucy
06/25/08
I have sore eyes and I accidentally put an ear drop into my eye,what to do?
I have sore eyes and was prescribed to take Tobramycin Dexamethasone but I accidentally put Neomycin Sulfate Polymyxin B Sulfate Hydrocortisone, which is an ear drop. I have mistaken this one as an eyedrop, since they have the same packaging. I didn't see the label. Do I have dangers of getting blind? Was it just fine? I thought putting immediate water into my eyes would remove the chemicals, after seeing the labels. PLEASE ANSWER ASAP. I'M AFRAID!
Arnold
11/06/10
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  Wow i remeber i did that once. after i read yours i started LMAO because its such a stupid thing to do. just wrinse your eyes with water for 20 minutes, your eyes will be fine. even though you have a type of alcohol in them. thanks for reminding me of that! got a good laugh. my mom bought eyedrops for all the bedrooms and bathrooms and even the kitchen now.
ACHOOOO
11/06/10
I have sore eyes and I accidentally put an ear drop into my eye,what to do?
I have sore eyes and was prescribed to take Tobramycin Dexamethasone but I accidentally put Neomycin Sulfate Polymyxin B Sulfate Hydrocortisone, which is an ear drop. I have mistaken this one as an eyedrop, since they have the same packaging. I didn't see the label. Do I have dangers of getting blind? Was it just fine? I thought putting immediate water into my eyes would remove the chemicals, after seeing the labels. PLEASE ANSWER ASAP. I'M AFRAID!

11/06/10
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  Wow i remeber i did that once. after i read yours i started LMAO because its such a stupid thing to do. just wrinse your eyes with water for 20 minutes, your eyes will be fine. even though you have a type of alcohol in them. thanks for reminding me of that! got a good laugh. my mom bought eyedrops for all the bedrooms and bathrooms and even the kitchen now.

11/06/10
Which diseases are resistant to Cephalosporin, griseofulvin,Bacitracin, and Polymyxin B?
wannadie458
04/25/06
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  You are asking about antibiotics (cephalosporins, bacitracin, polymyxin B) and antimycotics (griseofulvin). Actually, any germ can develop resistance to any antibiotic treatment. Plus, cephalosporins is a group of antibiotics, with 4 generations and each generation differs in efficacy against bacteria.
czdoc
04/25/06
Will either of these help with my anal fissure?
I found these in my cupboard will either of these help with my anal fissure?

"Hemorrhoid Ointment
with Anesthetic for Extra Pain Relief
Fast, long lasting temporary relief of:
-pain, soreness or burning
-itching and irritation
-swelling"

OR

"Antibiotic Ointment
Bacitracin Zinc and Polymyxin B Sulphate Ointment USP
Prevents infection and aids healing of minor cuts, scrapes and burns"
Dkjfa Jaskj
03/25/10
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  I would go with the hemorrhoid ointment.
luv my pups4ever
03/25/10
Otits Externa (outer ear infection) and neomycin drops?
I was recently diagnosed with otitis externa. The entire side of my face and ear hurt and I had fluid on the ear canal/tympanic membrane, although I don't think it was 'trapped' fluid. My Dr. prescribed 'neomycin and polymyxin b sulfates and hydrocortisone otic solution' drops. I have read COUNTLESS dire warnings about the effects of neomycin and cochlear damage. Now, I am putting this stuff in my ear. This sounds odd (no pun intended). After a day of use, (3 applications 4 drops each) my entire ear swelled up, turned red, and I got some sort of freaky red rash with clear blisters on my outer ear, ear lobe, and other areas the medication touched. I called my Dr. and he switched my drops to a quinalone solution. I'm not totally convinced my Dr. checked for tympanic perforation when he examined my ear with the otoscope. He just merely claimed he saw fluid. What are my REAL risks of hearing loss with one days worth of application of this stuff? Also, why was his first choice not a quinalone otic solution or derivative thereof? If you are a nurse, Dr., or know someone who is, please let me know the answer to these questions. The answer to these will give warning to other folks too. Let's not have a world of deaf people. :)
P.S.
(I have already googled and yahoo'd this to death, and read that the pill form is more common for this type of reaction. Also, I read that the ear drop solution would have to be used for more than 10 days for something like this to happen. I would prefer hearing it from a medical professional who knows the facts. There are some sites that say one treatment can cause problems.)
P.P.S. (Also, I don't want endless home remedies as replies as I already know most these.....alcohol, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, etc. My condition was too severe for these things, that's why I went to the Doc. My question is STRICTLY about the neomycin issue.)
**I should also add that the medication i was switched to was ciprofloxacin and dexamethasone ( and quinalone derivative and also a cortisone). Wondering if this is a better solution? No word of possible ear damage on this one.
Some interesting reading on this:
http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract;jsessionid=5AE036486DA741FF5A590B490E316244.tomcat1?fromPage=online&aid=403398

...and the list goes on and on
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1937191
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/546320_8
seems like the quinolone route is uch safer. Now I know.....
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0999/is_/ai_63856612
PatrickKC
10/16/08
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  It's really hard to miss a tympanic rupture, and for there to be fluid behind the tympanic membrane the eardrum had to be intact. So yes, your doctor checked and verified it was intact before he gave you the prescription. Your risk of hearing loss due to the medication are really low, much less than the risk of loss due to an untreated, or unresolved inner ear infection. His first choice was the neomycin otic drops because that is the most effective treatment available, and one that is most easily tolerated by the greatest number of people. It also contains hydrocortisone, which helps with inflammation and pain. You may have reacted to the medication, you may also have reacted to the carrier base. They assume first it is a reaction to the medication, and since there is not neomycin otic prep in a different base, it means swapping to a second choice medication. That's what your doctor did. If you have ever used Bacitracin on a skin wound, and didn't have a problem, chances are it was a reaction to the carrier- however, you did react, you got switched, and should be just fine. If you were going to go deaf, statistically speaking it would be more likely due to excessive noise exposure from your earbuds, not the ear drops. If the doctor said you had fluid behind the eardrum, your tympanic membrane was intact, and you can relax on that score. And by the way, if you do own and use earbuds, and they have a spongy wrap- you need new ones because the bacteria that gave you the infection are probably living in that sponge. Otherwise, you can just clean them off with soap and water, carefully.

Edit- Relax, here. Your Ciprodex drops will do just fine. You will be a lot calmer if you quit googling and second guessing your doctor. The companies are required by law to list all those possible side effects, complications and what not. All medications come with possible problems, everything you eat or drink does as well. The thing is you have to pose the risk of one against the risk of the other. In your case, you have an active ear infection which is too far advanced for the usual less agressive treatments- like the vinegar, etc. An infection anywhere in the body needs to be eliminated, and it's obvious your body isn't able to do this on its own. The cipro part will interfere with the bacteria's ability to produce proteins they need to survive. Some of it will be absorbed by your body, which will also deal with anything going on inside your ear as well. The dexamethasone is just a different type of steroid, which will help with the inflammation inside your ear canal. That will help with the discomfort as well. It's not necessarily the first choice treatment, but it works well and in your case is the choice treatment because you reacted to the neomycin. Again, your risk of hearing loss due to the medication is still less than the risk if it remains untreated. It really just comes down to a matter of whether you trust your doctor or not. You went to him for his expertise, and now you must decide to follow the advice or not. I would recommend you relax and trust the medicine. That is your best shot at preserving your hearing.
The mom
10/16/08
Is it too late to form a scab? Should I discontinue use of antibiotic ointment?
Okay, so about 1 week ago, I preformed salabrasion on a tattoo of mine. I rubbed the tattoo until it got red/slightly bloody. I intended on leaving it alone to heal, but when my fiance came home and saw what i had done to myself (lol) he wasn't pleased, at ALL and demanded we go out to get bandaids and ointments. Since then, I have been applying Triple Antibiotic Ointment, which contains bacitracin zinc, neomycin sulfate, and polymyxin b sulfate.
Here is my problem- I *believe* that in order for the tattoo to lighten or "be removed", it has to form a scab, and then ink will come out in the scab.. However, after one week, I still haven't formed a scab on the inked area. I had some slight scabbing around the area (I had a red ring surrounding the area for a couple days and is still kind of there but less drastic) but none on the actual inky part of the skin. . the skin around it looks kind of raw and it appears as though the pores/hair follicles in the area are more visible than usual. Is it too late for the wound to scab? Should I discontinue the use of the ointment? I would hate to think I did all this for nothing and will be back at square one the next time I attempt this.. I had already planned on doing this multiple times until I was happy with the results, but did I ruin the chances of removing ink this time around(via scabbing) by using the ointment?
How do I get the area to scab??
marlena cupcake
11/29/10
Reply
  Use of antibiotic ointment is part of the salabrasioi process when it is done correctly. You need to leave a gauze bandage with antibiotic ointment on the area for three days after you do the salabrasion. Then you remove the dressing, cover the skin with salt, and do another antibiotic dressing for another three days. After the second three days you remove the gauze dressing and the skin will appear leathery and rough. The dead skin will begin to separate from the healthy skin underneath it within five days pulling the tattoo away with it, and the color will naturally leave the tattoo. It doesn't have anything to do with scabs. Before you attempt something like this you need to be very sure of the process and to take precautions to avoid infection. Your fiance had the right idea.

http://www.ehow.com/way_5335587_salabrasion-removing-tattoos.html
pelican
12/03/10
Which is better for a popped pimple, bacitracin zinc (Neosporin) or zinc oxide (Desitin)?
This is for a popped pimple that wasn't "ready". Can someone please tell me which will get rid of the thing faster or how to prevent a scab (besides a band-aid)?

I appreciate any help!
velocitygirl88
11/03/09
Reply
  Neosporin will help prevent infection which can increase the risk of scarring.
ckm1956
11/03/09
Is Bacitracin Zinc Ointment USP exactly like Neosporin?
I need to know where I can and can't use it. Some answer would help.. a lot.
Thank you Thank you!
yowhitecrakka
06/16/08
Reply
  No they are not the same. Bacitracin is stronger.
Use is the same though.
Elly
06/16/08
does Bacitracin Zinc Ointment USP have the same affect as Neosporin?
amaral160
12/14/06
Reply
  yes it does, it just doesn't have the exact same ingredients.
k s
12/14/06
Is bacitracin zinc ointment ISP good for healing a tattoo?
I mean USP not isp
Dan
07/24/11
Reply
  If it's infected, yes.
ckm1956
07/26/11
Is Bacitracin Zinc Ointment safe to be used inside the nose for dry nasal passages?
Best answer awarded
yea
07/18/08
Reply
  yes its safe to use inside the nose but it would be better to use a saline mist.
Alexie D
07/18/08
Does anybody know if Ciloxan (eye oitment) and Neomycin & Polymyxin B are cancerous? Please help:(?
I used these together intensivly

now I am having breast problems....my eyes felt like they
"hardned up" now my breast are harder, shriveled up and itch constantly

could it be cancer from using this? I know some eye medications are know to cause cancer..are these one of them?

please help :(
Natasha G
07/04/06
Reply
  I've never heard anything like that- you may have a "mycin" or other allergy where you wouldn't be able to take any medication in that family. And honestly, there's so much stuff out there that you don't know what they're putting in it- your makeup, body lotion, chapstick...I think we'll all have cancer eventually. See your MD if you're worried about your breasts, though.
nurseTINA
07/04/06
Is Bacitracin to be applied even after scab was removed?
Basically, I had a scab on my face and I used bacitracin on it. When the scab fell off, I have this pinkish color crater thing. It's small but noticeable up close. Do I continue to use bacitracin as recommended by the doctor or stop use once the scab is off?
Look Its Jay
11/08/10
Reply
  Is your priority concealing or healing?

If it's concealing, I'd use a decent men's face cream, which are designed to soothe, protect, and moderately heal minor scrapes from shaving. There are a million in any Walgreens with the shaving supplies.

If healing's your top priority, I'd sooner think an Antiobiotic Cream like Neosporin than Bacetracin on an opened wound.
me
11/08/10
Question about Bacitracin Zinc Ointment?
I'd like to know if the body becomes resistant to the ointment after many uses like regular antibiotics.
Anthony
05/20/09
Reply
  You don't really become resistant to it, but if you use bacitracin too much it can break down the normal healthy bacteria on the skin and cause a rash.
2sleepy2care
05/20/09
What is the difference between hydrocortisone acetate and hydrocortisone?
My doctor told me to put hydrocortisone cream on surgical scar tissue I have on my ear and at the store i found something (cheaper) that said it contained "hydrocortisone acetate 1.0% (equivalent to hydrocortisone 1.0%)". When I called my doctor to ask him if it was alright he said it wasn't the same thing, but I don't know if he even knew what I was talking about. So is it really different at all, since the product container said they are equivalent?
rawkerxx
06/26/08
Reply
  It's the same thing (at least, as far as I know--you may have to ask him to explain, as it's possible he knows something that I don't about the difference). The important ingredient is the hydrocortisone. It comes in various different strengths from 0.1% to 2.5%. The larger percent ones are prescription only. I have a feeling though, that he may have misunderstood what you said.
pickle015
06/29/08
zinc sulphate safe for long term intake?
I am suffering from acne from more than 15 years. 2 weeks back I read about taking zinc supplements. I found zinc sulphate (zincolak capsules) and started taking them. So my face is clear and no more oily skin since then. I am just wanting to know can I take this supplement forever?
I have already used home remedies / anti biotics. And concluded that hormones have been making my life miserable. So zinc can help with this ( i know). Please provide your input regarding Zinc sulphate only. thanx
Or should I switch to zinc gluconate or zinc picolinate ? please advice
orange
09/15/10
Reply
  You can take zinc sulphate for ever if you want to. Most multivitamins contain a small amount of zinc sulphate.
Susan Yarrawonga
09/15/10
my son has liquid filled spots on his legs. Can he swim in the sea today?
We've been to doctors and they are being treated successfully with creams (Neomycin sulfate and zinc). They have been popped and cleaned inside. He is allowed to have showers every day. But can he swim in the sea? Does anyone have an answer?
gameT
07/24/10
Reply
  I wouldn't recommend it. Especially if it's salt water. but you should ask the doctor.
Ntjttal
07/24/10
Bitten by red imported fire ants, what else should I put on to help the itching/swelling?
Yesterday I was walking & accidently stepped into a fire ant nest. I have about 15-25 bites on my right foot. Once I looked down & saw the ants crawling on my foot, I ditched my shoe & ran dragging my foot through the grass. There was a lot of burning. About 30 -60 min later I got home & washed my foot with cold water & soap. I didnt think it was a big deal & didnt look into it more, but I put Lanabiotic (bacitracin, neomycin sulfate, polymyxin B sulfate, pramoxine HCl, aloe, benzoic acid, mineral oil, petrolatum, silica, tocopheryl acetate) on the bites the same day i got them.

Its been 1 day & I can confirm i dont have a serious allergy to fire ant bites but the swelling hasnt gone down and I havent gotten the pustules yet... all articles i read said that pustules formed about 30-60 minutes after the bite? I put bleach and water on my foot (perhaps too late to work now) and more Lanabiotic. I'm putting baking soda + water on my foot after the bleach settles in. What else can i do?
Also I havent experienced any stinging from the sites of the bites except just when I got stung by the ants. My only problem is swelling/itching. I experience occasional burning but its not much and it actually feels quite good (seems to sooth the itching - idk if its the medicine or the venom)
Anonymous
09/14/07
Reply
  I also was bit by fire ants, my sympathy goes out to you. The only thing that helped me was to put ice on it to take away the pain and swelling. You could also try white willow bark, it relieves pain and reduces inflamation.
CR
09/14/07
Can bacitracin ointment heal genital herpes lescions?
My bestfriend would apply bacitracin ointment on the lescions when she gets her genital herpes outbreaks and she said its helps in healing it faster. Also, she had had sex with her husband in the past when the lescions weren't completely healed and her husband hasn't contracted the STD yet. Would it be that the bacitracin helped kill the virus?
angel_eyes
11/15/07
Reply
  u are not supposed to put any kind of ointment on the blisters. i would think it could make your genitals very sensitive or irriitated. just let them dry up and don't put anything on it. bacitracin will not kill the virus. since it is a virus it is now in her blood and will be there permanently for the rest of her life. she should take some meds like valtrex to help heal the outbreaks faster, to help control them and prevent spreading herpes.
LINDSEY S
11/15/07
What is the difference between zinc and zinc sulphate in terms of health?
I'm not able to find any info on why you would use zinc sulphate rather than zinc as a supplement.
Shane Legend
11/27/09
Reply
  All solid zinc supplements are zinc compounds such as zinc sulphate, zinc oxide, zinc carbonate, zinc chelated amino acids and a few others.

Solid metallic zinc, in its elemental form, is not a zinc supplement.

Colloidal zinc (liquid form of zinc) is an exception. This liquid form of zinc would undoubtedly be better absorbed than all the solid forms. A web search for "colloidal zinc" will give you further details.
Susan Yarrawonga
11/28/09
Swine flu vaccine ingredients?
aluminum hydroxide
aluminum phosphate
ammonium sulfate
amphotericin B
animal tissues: pig blood
horse blood
rabbit brain
dog kidney
monkey kidney
chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg
calf ( bovine ) serum
betapropiolactone
fetal bovine serum
formaldehyde
formalin
gelatin
glycerol
human diploid cells ( originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
hydrolized gelatin
mercury ( thimerosol, Merthiolate(r) )
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
neomycin
neomycin sulfate
phenol red indicator
phenoxyethanol ( antifreeze)
potassium diphosphate
potassium monophosphate
polymyxin B
polusorbate 20
polysorbate 80
porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein
residual MRC5 proteins
sorbitol
tri(n)butylphosphate
VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey cells, and
washed sheep red blood
Animals are awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!
08/18/09
Reply
  NONE OF THOSE. It contains live-attenuated H1N1 Virus. Most of the substances on that list are poisonous.
jxkiller5
08/18/09
What causes thinning of the skin around the anus to the point that small fissures open up and how do you cure?
I wear cotton boxer briefs, so breathability shouldn't be an issue and I do not engage in any form of anal sexual play. I've even resorted to cleansing the area with alcohol-free baby wipes and using Bacitracin Zinc antibiotic ointment.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks
David S
06/28/07
Reply
  I actually had this too. Just be gentle with your "cleaning" for a week or so. and try not to get to sweaty and to stay seated for long periods of time. It fixed mine.
zyfoxmaster
06/28/07
if you get bacitracin zinc ointment on ur scrotum, is that bad?
i have a skin rash halfway from my ballsac to my anus (no other way to describe it, sorry)

and i have to rub the ointment there

some of the ointment gets on my scrotum( i mean its hard to avoid)

so if that ointment gets on ur scrotum, will anything bad happen to it?
aray
08/22/09
Reply
What do you think about the H1N1 Vaccinations?
Here is a list of the ingredients in the vaccine:

* aluminum hydroxide* aluminum phosphate* ammonium sulfate* amphotericin B
* animal tissues: pig blood, horse blood, rabbit brain, dog kidney, monkey kidney,
* chick embryo, chicken egg, duck egg* calf (bovine) serum* betapropiolactone
* fetal bovine serum* formaldehyde* formalin* gelatin* glycerol
* human diploid cells (originating from human aborted fetal tissue)
* hydrolized gelatin* mercury thimerosol (thimerosal, Merthiolate(r))
* monosodium glutamate (MSG)* neomycin* neomycin sulfate* phenol red indicator
* phenoxyethanol (antifreeze)* potassium diphosphate* potassium monophosphate
* polymyxin B* polysorbate 20* polysorbate 80
* porcine (pig) pancreatic hydrolysate of casein* residual MRC5 proteins* sorbitol
* tri(n)butylphosphate,
* VERO cells, a continuous line of monkey kidney cells, and
* washed sheep red blood
Ulvblod ov Fenrir
09/11/09
Reply
  im sure we put worse in our body..
KB™
09/11/09
How do I remove Bacitracin Ointment?
This stuff's similar to neosporin or vaseline.

I have a wound with stiches and need for it to dry, but I can't seem to remove all the Bacitracin with soap and warm water, even washing for 10 minutes didn't work.

How can I completely remove it?
thanks for the replies everyone!!! i'll take all your advice.
Thinksalot
08/19/07
Reply
  You've done the best you can...NOW LEAVE IT ALONE!!!
butrcupps
08/19/07
What is the effect of zinc oxide on acne?
I just bought a tube of zinc oxide ointment, because I've heard it works on acne and scratches...

Basically what happened was I had a couple gross pimples and I squeezed them so hard I made scratches in my face, as if I fell on the concrete or something.

Does zinc help? If so how fast can I see results? How should I use it??
Zinc oxide 20%
CoNfUzZlEd.GiRl
12/30/09
Reply
  It may help. It won't hurt. Take zinc orally though for acne. With food (hard on tummy)
zinc is great to protect you from the harsh all day rays of the sun. I hope it helps otherwise use neosporin.
kelly e
12/30/09
Why is it that a person should take hydrocortisone tablets with food?
Is it solely to avoid an upset stomach? There are three medications I have to take each day. I'd like to take them all at the same time, but one is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach, and the hydrocortisone needs to be taken with food or milk. I often forget to take the hydrocortisone since I can't take it at the same time as the others.
Stuntgirl_NH
09/09/08
Reply
  That's what I understand. I've never taken it, but most meds that require food is to avoid upset stomach
Robert W
09/12/08
polymyxin b sulfate
Hi,

I am allergic to bactrim and I was told it is due to the sulphur content.The flu injection I was going to have has polymyxin b sulfate in it has it got sulphur in it and do I need to be concerned?
Ruth.L
03/24/14
Reply
How can I reduce depency on hydrocortisone?
I've been using hydrocortisone .5% regularly to control eczema, but when I taper it, my skin becomes terribly itchy.
Bartok fan
05/25/10
Reply
  Corticosteroid creams and ointments have been used for many years to treat atopic dermatitis and other autoimmune diseases affecting the skin. Sometimes the base used in certain brands of corticosteroid creams and ointments irritates the skin of a particular patient. Side effects of repeated or long-term use of topical corticosteroids can include thinning of the skin, infections, growth suppression (in children), and stretch marks on the skin.

When topical corticosteroids are not effective, the doctor may prescribe a systemic corticosteroid, which is taken by mouth or injected instead of being applied directly to the skin. An example of a commonly prescribed corticosteroid is prednisone. The side effects of systemic corticosteroids can include skin damage, thinned or weakened bones, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, infections, and cataracts.

In adults, drugs that suppress the immune system, such as cyclosporine, methotrexate, or azathioprine, may be prescribed to treat severe cases of atopic dermatitis that have failed to respond to other forms of therapy. These drugs block the production of some immune cells and curb the action of others. The side effects of drugs like cyclosporine can include high blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, kidney problems, headaches, tingling or numbness, and a possible increased risk of cancer and infections. There is also a risk of relapse after the drug is stopped. Because of their toxic side effects, systemic corticosteroids and immunosuppressive drugs are used only in severe cases and then for as short a period of time as possible.

Natural and holistic treatments are a safer, gentler alternative to use without the harmful side effects or allergic reactions.

Best of all, you can use them as often as you like, for as long as you like. Herbal ingredients such as Vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble free skin. Other highly effective herbs include Glycorrhiza glabra, Melia azadirachta, Sambucus nigra and Stellaria media which help to provide relief from itching and discomfort and reduce eczema patches. In addition, Matricaria chamomilla, Asparathus linearis and Galium aparine also prevents infection and inflammation as well as reduces scarring.

You may get more info here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/remedies/e/eczema.htm
Nicolus Shiffer
05/28/10
Whats Best for Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? (Eczema)?
Ketoconazole, Ciclopirox, or Hydrocortisone

I am using Hydrocortisone right now, it was working well at first and seems to be having a failing effect now. I will keep it up but do the others offer anything better?
David
11/22/09
Reply
  When i used to live in florida i had to use hydrocotisone everyday because of the terrible sun. I dont have to use it anymore now that i am in jersey. Now i just use Eucerin products for my skin. they have products from lotion to clear ointment for you lips. It works for it could work for you too
bubbles041383
11/22/09
Is this too much zinc?
In order to balance out my skin and prevent acne breakouts, i will be taking one Totally natural AcneNo more pill a day as well as one Blackmores Bio zinc pill per day.

The ingredients are listed below:
Blackmores Bio Zinc:
Zinc amino acid chelate (equiv. to Zinc 25 mg)-----------------125 mg
Magnesium phosphate (equiv. to Magnesium 25 mg)-----------------122 mg
Manganese amino acid chelate (equiv. to Manganese 2 mg)-----------------20 mg
Vitamin A (Retinyl acetate 860 µg)-----------------2500 IU
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine hydrochloride)-----------------50 mg

Acne NoMore
Each tablet contains:
Lactoferrin (Bioactive Protein)..........................................100mg
Silica Colloidal Anhydrous..............................................53.50mg
(Equiv. to Silica 25mg)
Calcium Ascorbate Dihydrate..............................................50mg
(Equiv. to Ascorbic Acid - Vitamin C 41.3mg)
(Equiv. to Calcium 4.7mg)
Zinc Amino Acid Chelate...................................................50mg
(Equiv. to Zinc 10mg)

Is this too much Zinc daily?
Thankyou :)
Mina Bijand-goodarz
02/18/11
Reply
Hydrocortisone?
Is it safe to use hydrocortisone ointment for facial psoriasis ?
Mo
01/23/08
Reply
  I seriously doubt it as the facial skin is more sensitive. Read the tube for application directions.
Starlight
01/23/08
Zinc Sulfate 200 mg daily dose?
hi. im 18 yrs old. i have decided to take 200 mg of Zinc Sulfate daily because of some reasons for zinc deficiency. is it ok?? will it be fatal for health? then how much should i take? and for how long? please help in detail. thanks!
ibanezGio
07/02/09
Reply
  My bottle says 100 mg is the minimum, so you could easily be safe and (assuming you have a balanced diet) split the pill in two. I take it for my prostate gland (and it increases my sex-drive, too!!) and it helps improve the immune system. Ignore any expiration date - ZnSO4 is a chemical and very stable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zinc_sulfate says it is used to kill plants and mosses, so I wouldn't take great amounts over long periods of time...even not taking it for a week would at least let your body adjust to its own natural level - even if you might have symptoms of zinc deficiency-which makes me think that your diet may need improvement instead of taking supplements.
------------Off-topic------------
By the way, there is international legislation now being implemented and considered by the FDA which would make vitamin and mineral supplements, herbs and health-food stores illegal. Their standard is called the Codex Alimentarius. Spend 30 mins becoming familiar with it, please. If you want to, at least, have the freedom to choose to take Zinc Sulfate and even vitamin C as supplements, then you should be aware of, and act, when the opportunity arises, to prevent passage of this truly abhorrent legislation. This is pure FDA/corporate (big pharmaceutical industry) influence on government policy. It has to be stopped. We worked against it during the early-90's, but the THEY in business + government are trying to do it all over again with intimidation, even threats of arrest and closure of health food stores/ nutritional supplements distributors and the health-food industry in general. They continually have to be beaten back - their assaults never seem to end. They have no concept of human nature except that of power and dominance which they use to continually extract unfair profit by putting us, the consumers in weak positions in which normal behavior, a good diet, is prohibited and made illegal. Good luck, and thanks for reading this, if you've gotten this far...
plenum222
07/02/09
Cortisol, hydrocortisone acetate, and prenatal stress.?
I am doing some research on prenatal stress and I am having a hard time find some things out.
Cortisol is secreted in response to stress. So increase in cortisol concentration will increase stress. (CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG)
I am trying to look for what exactly hydrocortisone acetate (HCA) does. I think it reduces cortisol, but I'm not sure.
Prenatal stress then affects the piglets psychologically and physically (this I know).

Basically need help looking up relations of cortisol and stress, relation of hydrocortisone acetate and cortisol, and how hydrocortisone acetate works.

It'll be great if anyone can give me some sites.
ryudoradragon
12/02/09
Reply
  Yes, and er, not exactly. I will explain. Cortisol is not an easy hormone.

Increased cortisol is called hypercortisolism, or Cushing's syndrome (or disease, if the source is pituitary).

Cortisol raises naturally and has a natural rise and fall every day - called the diurnal rhythm. It wakes you up in the morning and puts you in bed at night if all is well. During times of stress, ACTH is secreted by the pituitary and more cortisol is released. Adrenaline is also released - both are in the adrenals. Actually a lot of hormones are secreted. In any case, if the stress is short lived, the cortisol should just be pretty short lived. In the case where stress is longer, such as pregnancy or illness, cortisol is raised to deal with it. It is, as long the cortisol stays within certain limits and timelines, a good thing, so that the body can reduce inflammation, keep blood pressure up, etc.

If cortisol is raised too much, too long, than the body basically starts to destroy itself. It can lead to minor issues like cataracts up to major issues like depression, bone loss and death. Too much can put stress on the body.

As for hydrocrotisone acetate, that is a form of corticosteroid. Taking it will not lower your cortisol but raise it. There are many forms of corticosteroids known simply as steroids such as hydrocortisone and prednisone and dexamethasone - they mainly differ in how long they last and when they kick in as well as how close they are to what the body makes. HCA is rather uncommon since it has a short life.

Taking any corticosteroid has risks - if you take more than your adrenals make which is roughly 20mg of HC, then the adrenals can go on vacation - they are lazy things and takes a while to wake them up.

A raise in cortisol during pregnancy is very normal. The stretch marks that are purple are a sign of this - that is a sign of Cushing's syndrome and pretty much the only time purple or colored stretch marks happen is when steroids are involved (naturally or not).

I hope this helps.
Jen S
12/07/09
What is the difference between Solu Cortef and Hydrocortisone?
I take hydrocortisone but they were giving me the other when I was sick in the hospital .
Thanks that makes alot of sense now to why my hands and feet are more puffy because of too much water in me.
Koter Boters misses Rufus!
06/10/07
Reply
  Solu-Cortef, is a water soluble, injectable hydro-cortisone. Solu-Cortef is just a brand name.
The Un-Cola
06/10/07
will bacitracin or neosporin help a pimple?
so, i really dont get pimples and now i have 1 pimple on my forehead :/
its not a bad pimple, its small. so do you think bacitracin or neosporin will help it at all?
Alexis M
07/10/09
Reply
  I doubt it. Leave it alone, don't pop it or put make up on it. You want to breath. Maybe some gentle face wash at the most
britt c
07/10/09
If I'm allergic to Zinc Oxide, am I allergic to Octinoxate as well?
I've known since I was a baby that I'm allergic to Zinc Oxide. I recently purchased a moisturizer containing Zinc Oxide (I didn't know this at the time.) My face began burning, itching, and becoming severely irritated. I immediately washed it off and haven't used it since. However, I purchased a new moisturizer today that doesn't contain Zinc Oxide. However, it contains Octinoxate. My face developed the same symptoms, and turned red and irritated. Are Octinoxate and Zinc Oxide the same thing? Or do they contain similar ingredients? I'm trying to figure out what in this new moisturizer is giving my skin a reaction.

Thank-you. (:
Julie
01/05/10
Reply
  You may be allergic to more than one substance. In case of creams and dyes there is no guarantee that you will not be allergic to a product even if all the contents looks safe. The only way is to use it on a small area at a safe body part like below the arm and wait for 48 hrs. If there is no allergic reaction then you can use it on the face.
Jack
01/05/10
Dosage info of zinc sulfate supplements?
My dermatologist prescribed zinc sulfate supplements for acne.
She just said take them an hour after meals. Each tablet weighs 200 mg.

I'm seventeen years old, medium build. How much am i suppose to take? how many times a day ? What are the dangers of taking high doses?

Does zinc sulfate really help in clearing up skin?
otter
08/18/09
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  Yes, zinc is good for clearing up the skin. My question is, isn't all of the dosage info on the bottle you got? It should tell you how many times a day and how many pills at a time. If you are still confused after looking at the bottle or info that came with the bottle (all prescriptions come with information on dosage and side effects) then please call your doctor.
Huckleberry Sin
08/18/09
What is the clinical half-life and duration of action of injected Solu-Cortef (hydrocortisone)?
More specifically, if you administered hydrocortisone to a diabetic patient, how long might this be responsible for an elevation of blood glucose?
XOUT
04/21/07
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  The effects of steroid administration to a diabetic go beyond its half-life as there are a lot post-transcriptional changes that occur. The general wisom is that 48 hours after an injection of hydrocortisone, the effects on blood glucose should go away.
michael p
04/23/07
Can hydrocortisone cause a new shellfish allergy in someone who's never had it before?
My doctor prescribed hydrocortisone for adrenal fatigue recently and now I'm noticing I break out in hives when I eat shellfish. Is this a coincidence or is HC causing this?
iz2c
01/05/10
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  hydrocortisone would be what you would take IF you are allergic to shellfish: its a steroid.

either you have an allergy to shellfish or something mixed in with the food.

if you were allergic to this cream, you would immediately break out as soon as you apply it
Gracinda
01/05/10
Can I use neosporin with a sulfa allergy?
I recently found out that I have an allergy to sulfa drugs after using Bactrim for an injury which had gotten infected.

I was wondering if it was okay to use neosporin on wounds, since it contains neomycin sulfate. Is neosporin considered a sulfa product as well, or is neomycin sulfate in a completely different category? I've never had an allergy to neosporin in the past, but I thought I should ask someone who knows a thing or two about pharmacology. Thanks to anyone with answers.
Lady Arcana
08/01/09
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  There should be a 1-800 number on the tube or box that you can call and they should be able to tell you. or you can ask your local pharmacist
lucy lou
08/01/09
How long does it take for Hydrocortisone acetate 1% cream to work?
How long does it take for Hydrocortisone acetate 1% cream to work?
Okayy..I got a garlic burn. If you ever heard of it, it's almost like a chemical burn.the skin has healed but it's red... So I went to my doctor and she gave me this cream to use called Hydrocortisone acetate 1%..It's been 3 days since I have been using it. My burn which was red is kind of better..I want to know how long will it take for the red mark to heal??Will it go away completly??

Please Help!!
Thanks In advance
Milli
02/25/10
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  usually it takes like 3 days or longer?
bella♥
02/25/10
zinc tablets is good testrone or goodfor sexual heath in any way for mens?
i am taking zinc sulfate 150 mg. it can increse my pennis or not
aka a
09/27/07
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  That is way too much zinc to take everyday. Therapeutic amounts are 30-50 mg...
**Llola**
10/01/07
Vaginal yeast infection. Why wont the symptoms go away? Would it be okay for me to use Bacitracin zinc? Help!?
This is pretty long but im miserable so try to bear with me.... After about a week and a half of taking penicillin for a strep throat, I was diagnosed with a yeast infection on moday. I was told that my infection wasn't too serious and that i could buy an over the counter treatment because i am allergic to the persciption, so i bought vagistat-1and used on tuesday night before bed (after taking a shower). I also bought a vaginal itching and pain relieving cream and slept with that on too, which relieved the itching completely. When i woke up on wednesday morning i had horrible pain and tremendous swelling of the vulva and labia area with no serious itching and a very small amout of the yeasty discharge compared to what i had before the treatment (the swelling and pain was so bad that i had to ice it and take aleve to help it go down). The swelling seemed to go down but i was still very sore down there. I was thinking that this reaction could have came from the pain relieving cream, so i washed it off in the shower and did not put it on again that day, but i was still sore. When i went to use the bathroom before bed i noticed that the swelling was back, so i took more aleve and iced it again. Thursday morning i had no swelling, little pain, and no yeasty discharge so i thought i was going to be okay... that is untill the itching came back. I still did not use the pain relieving cream and i restrained myself from scratching at it because the irritation wasn't too severe, and i knew it would get worse if i touched it. I was okay for the whole day, took a shower and slept fine the whole night. Friday morning (today) i noticed the discharge was coming back heavy again and slight itching again but, no swelling and just mild pain so i ignored it. About and hour ago the itching became so intense i could't help but to scratch. I scratched so much that i made myself bleed. I'm also very sore, swollen again, and still the heavy discharge. I tried the pain relieving cream again, it seemed to help ALOT. I also iced it and took aleve to bring the swelling down. I dont think the treatment helped, i have heavy yeast and discharge and even though i'm okay for right now, i know its all gonna happen again. (I'm positive it's not an STD or bacterial vaginitis by the way). Any advice? Is this common? I'm miserable and don't know what to do anymore. Should i buy another treatment? Would i be okay to put bacitracin zinc first-aid antibiotic ointment on it and possibly little bit inside of me to try helping? Please help, i'm desperate! :(
brittany
11/13/09
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  At this point, you have tried everything that I would suggest and you should go back to the doctor, or even the Urgent care. This is soooo miserable that it will drive you crazy if you don't. If you can't get it, try taking benadryl, it will help with the itching, and sit in a cool bath. Take a book and do not scratch! It will make it worse. I would not use the cream again, it sounds like you have had a reaction to it. You could also try plain yogurt, I know that it sounds weird, but it is a natural treatment for yeast infections, and actually cools and soothes, but be sure to try it on a small area first to make sure that it does not burn from the scratching. I used to have this problem with every dose of antibiotics that I had, it is very frustrating. Good luck
Tracy D
11/13/09
Is Pramoxine hydrochloride the same as hydrocortisone acetate?
I used hydrocortisone for relief of some eczema around my mouth and it worked fine. I was wondering if Pramoxine hydrochloride is the same thing? I did some searching and they both show up together.
Look Its Jay
11/19/10
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  Pramoxine is a topical anesthetic used to reduce itching.
Hydrocortisone is a steroid.
N
11/19/10
I heard that sunblock with zinc oxide is very good, is this true and why?
Some company in Australia "Invisible Zinc" promotes zinc oxide in their sunblock.
But is this really true that it's good in sunblock and why?
Is it worth the money? It's ~$70 on amazon.
jerry M
02/18/10
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  Zinc is great (especially on your face/lips if you happen to be a person in the sun ALL day).
Zinc Oxide is a NATURAL, PHYSICAL sunscreening agent that sits on your skin refl ecting dangerous UVA and UVB rays. Chemical sunscreens on the other hand, merely diffuse rays, usually just UVB. Most chemical sunscreens offer little or no protection against UVA rays.

I am sure this company is just boasting because it doesn't come on to your skin as 'pure white'.
I am sure if you search further you can find plenty of sun screen or zinc without paying $70!
kelly e
02/18/10
Is Titanium Dioxide as good as Zinc Oxide for sunscreen?
I was looking for sunscreens containing zinc oxide, but I wound up finding this "Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion" which contains titanium dioxide. I read some reviews say that titanium dioxide does not block UVA as much as zinc oxide does, but another review said that titanium dioxide is actually better. Any ideas on this?
Ping R
06/27/08
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Can you use hydrocortisone on your face to treat eczema?
My chin has developed eczema (red, irritating, swelling a little, thick extra skin) and it hurts soooo bad. I need to get something ASAP. People keep telling me to get hydrocortisone. Will this work on my face? If so, how long does it take to start working?
Brittany S
12/24/08
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  first, you should moisturize, and when it itches, use Eucerin.
LamChop
12/27/08
Hydrocortisone Acetate?
My doctor gave me Hydrocortisone Acetate cream to deal with my Keratosis pilaris(arm bumps, leg bumps, reddened skin from bumps). Was this the right thing to give me? Will it work or at least help?
Shiloh
05/13/09
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Does zinc oxide help remove skin discoloration due to scars?
I was wondering, because I have a bottle of zinc oxide cream next to me and I don't want to have to go buy some scar treatment that costs 30 bucks.
johnny85940
01/07/08
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  Zinc oxide is inert. Save your money, scar treatments don't work.
IplayadoconTV
01/07/08
Can anyone tell me the difference between otc Hydrocortisone and prescription Hydrocortisone Valerate?
Is VALERATE and ingredient? Is that what seperates the two?

Will long term use of both or either cause any side effects in small children??

My twins have eczema and these creams seem to do the best job. They are 2 yrs old now and have been using the creams for almost ALL of their lives. Some days it's just spot treatment, other days we need to use it like lotion, because they are having a "whole body" reaction.
Nici
07/16/08
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  I am 41 and I have used hydro cortisone for years almost 40. The difference is the strength OTC only is 0.1% and Westcort the brand name for hydrocortisone w/VALERATE is 0.2%. Your best bet is to talk to the pharmacist about the two medications. Also as a child, I under went UV treatment and used a special soap, as well as a special diet. Many times they will out grown it and it will mainly be spot treatment as they get older. Mine was worse in the winter.
honey
07/16/08
Are there any bad interactions between Hydrocortisone and Permethrin cream?
I have applied Permethrin 5% cream on my body for treatment of scabies and I was wondering if applying Hydrocortisone 2.5% would have any bad interactions with each other. The itching and burning from the Permethrin is pretty intense.
bentonelectronic
04/19/10
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  You may want to do some research on the following website. I did and found out that there is not interactions between the two. You may want to call a pharmacist though.
kytteneyes
04/19/10
What's better:white petrolatum or zinc oxide for diaper rash?
Hi, my son has a diaper rash and I was trying to buy something stronger, I was using desitin 10% zinc oxide,so I was looking for higher percent.Then they have desitin60%, but its white petrolatum.So which one do I really need to get his butt better:white petrolatum or zinc oxide? Besides that I am trying to keep his butt dry,no wipes (only tap water cloth to clean him).
Thank you for your help.
Thank you Formerly and Lizzie, you both gave me great info
KC
02/11/10
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What could be wrong with the eye?
More than three years ago, my mother was nipped in the right eye by a small 1 month-old chicken. She felt pain in that eye. The pain eventually went away, but once in awhile she has the feeling of an object in that eye. Now she says she sees a black cursor float around. (The cursor resembles the cursor of a mouse on a computer screen- though it is not exactly pointed like it. But it is around the same size) She sees this with her right eye. Even when she closes her eyes- she still sees this cursor. And she also sees something like lightening flash at the corner of her right eye. It was about a week ago when she began to see this floating cursor and lightening. What could be the condition/problem with her eye? (When she had a pink eye infection a month ago, she used eye dropper medication. Could the medication have triggered this? The medicine is Polymyxin B Sulfate Neomycin Sulfate Dexamethasone with steroids. The pink eye infection is unrelated to the nip of the chicken- the pink eye infection was an epidemic at the time we took a vacation. But she thinks the medicine she used for treating the pink eye infection may have triggered the current condition of her right eye. Her right eye was injured by a small chicken more than 3 years ago.)
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12/12/10
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I have the world's worst case of chapped lips. What can I use to take off the peeling skin? Zinc oxide ?
I remeber hearing years ago that zinc oxide cream would slough off the dead skin.
kittycatdance
01/29/09
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  I've never tried zinc oxide, but vaseline works great!!! just apply a generous amount, use your fingers to rub it, generally the chapped parts will rub off easily... than apply chapstick/vaseline for the next few days and watch it get all smooth again.

Not to mention, vaseline is readily available almost anywhere... supermarket, 99cent stores, thrifty marts, etc...
Panda
01/29/09
Anyone have scalp seborrheic dermatitis?
I have tried Head & Shoulders (p. zinc), Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide), Nizoral prescription shampoo (ketaconazole), Capex prescription shampoo, oral terbinafine, oral diflucan, oral doxycycline. Also topical hydrocortisone liquid and topical Triamcinalone. Nothing has solved the problem.

The Triamcinalone helps but it's an ointment so it's really gross to have on since I have a lot of hair..

Honestly the only thing that's helped so far and been tolerable is oral prednisone, but obviously it's not preferable to be on that long-term.

Does anyone have experience with other approaches? Does Flax Seed Oil or Fish Oil help at all? I'm so frustrated. This all came out of nowhere about 6 months ago.
Eric Sherman
04/22/09
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  I suggest that you should google "natural remedies for scalp seborrheic dermatitis" and take your pick; the prescription meds are all either steroids or immuno-suppresants and do more harm than psoriasis itself.
For my seborrheic dermatitis Champori herbal cream works the best, you may want to try it, too. it comes with money back guarantee so if it doesn't work - it's free.
Best,
Stella
Stella
04/22/09
What is 220 mg zinc sulfate used for?
I'm a pharmacy student, and I have a patient who is on zinc sulfate 220 mg daily. There is no history of a deficiency, and I was wondering if anyone knew of any other indications for this.
Patient has PMH significant for DM, stroke, hyperlipidemia, CAD, Obestiy, sleep apnea, NASH.
Thanks!
Kate
12/01/08
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  Based on available scientific evidence, zinc may be effective in the treatment of (childhood) malnutrition, acne vulgaris, peptic ulcers, leg ulcers, infertility, Wilson's disease, herpes, acrodermatitis enteropathica and delayed wound healing associated with zinc deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis,and taste or smell disorders. Zinc has also gained popularity for its use in the prevention of the common cold.
daddyrx
12/01/08
Anyone have seborrheic dermatitis?
I have tried Head & Shoulders (p. zinc), Selsun Blue (selenium sulfide), Nizoral prescription shampoo (ketaconazole), Capex prescription shampoo, oral terbinafine, oral diflucan, oral doxycycline. Also topical hydrocortisone liquid and topical Triamcinalone. Nothing has solved the problem.

The Triamcinalone helps but it's an ointment so it's really gross to have on since I have a lot of hair..

Honestly the only thing that's helped so far and been tolerable is oral prednisone, but obviously it's not preferable to be on that long-term.

Does anyone have experience with other approaches? Does Flax Seed Oil or Fish Oil help at all? I'm so frustrated. This all came out of nowhere about 6 months ago.
I should mention this is a scalp problem for me, by the way.
Eric Sherman
04/15/09
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  The main cause of SD is overreaction of the immune system. Identifying certain foods, chemicals, etc can be very helpful in battling this disease. I try to avoid soy and sea food which trigger my flare-ups.
After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
Now I use herbal remedies from serenaskin.com, which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
After about 3 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I just continue with anti-eczema extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.
It is the only treatment I have found that provides me complete relief when I use it as directed.
Wally G
04/15/09
My dermatologist Prescribed me Hydrocortisone Valerate for my lips?
Hi my doctor recently prescribed me Hydrocortisone Valerate ointment for my lips, cause the top of my lips are a bit browner and on the top lips it is kind of pinkish one the left side and right just not middle and it looks like i got 2 toned skin colors i wanted to know if this medication will fix the skin color
Deshun Williams
02/26/11
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  The most common side effects are burning, itching, irritation and dryness at application sites. Side effects are more frequent when occlusive dressings or large quantities are applied. Applying corticosteroids to infected skin may worsen the infection.

Are you instructed on the right amount that you can apply to your lips? maybe your applying a huge amount causing it to burn and hypo-pigmented.
erbs2005
02/26/11
Zinc Oxide?
I am PALE as a ghost! I stay away from the sun because I have a scar. (I heard that the scars would stay with you forever if you get a tan AND I get dizzy from the heat!) I have TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).

Someone suggested to apply "zinc oxide" over my scar. I have ONE scar that bothers me! It's right on my face. It connects my eyebrows. (I have others but it doesn't bother me as much)

How can I apply this to my face? Dab it on with my finger? Use Quality-tip; Q-tip for short? Do I apply it RIGHT on my scar or around it (but if I apply around it, wouldn't it look funny if I ONLY NOT get tanned in that section, right?)?

How, how, how?!?! I realize that I sound like a VAIN MO-FO!!

HELP!
I heard that SURFERS use Zinc Oxide on their nose - I forgot to include this bit of info before.
exTiptoeGSXR
07/16/07
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  you could use zinc oxide, just dab it on with your finger over the scar. it is white, so you will be going outside with white stuff on your forehead ... it does not rub in.
I would just buy some of the new SPF 50 or 70 sunscreen. make sure you have some that protects against UVA & UVB rays. many of them also have some zinc oxide in them, or other products that are newer that will protect your skin & not be totally opaque & solid white.

to help get rid of your scar you can try a product called mederma - it will help your scar fade a bit.
good luck.
zangmo315
07/16/07
Is it ok to use bacitracin and neosporin together on a non-healing wound?
Would they cancel each other out?
Laura
02/24/11
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How long before hydrocortisone cream clears my rash?
My doctor prescribed me some hydrocortisone cream for a facial rash I have. My rash is a ton of tiny bumps that are itchy, swollen, and red. How long before this is completely gone (including the bumps) if I apply the cream twice daily as directed?
Kelci
12/18/10
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  It will take a week or two for sure.
pelican
12/19/10
My doctor prescribed me with 30 grams of hydrocortisone cream to treat my ecezma, how much of it do i put on?
I have ecezma around my mouth so i went to the doctor. He provided me with hydrocortisone cream (30 grams) and said it should go in ten days. How much of it do i use?
Jim B
01/03/08
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  Ideally you should avoid using steroid creams altogether because of the side-effects. If you must use it - use it very sparingly.
As an alternative I suggest that you should try an herbal eczema cream from http://www.champori.com It works well for eczema.
Best,
Bernadette
barneycrisp
01/03/08
Bacitracin in the nose can help with acne?
Is this true and if so where can i find info regarding it?
chris14799
11/17/08
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How might a colony of Bacillus licheniformis escape the effects of its own bacitracin?
wr50msm
06/27/08
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  I have know idea what your saying, but I'm totally interested.
Kiko
06/27/08
anyone got any remedies for scabies?
sooo i got scabies from my son who got it from his mom ... ive had it for like 2 months and it sux!! i want it off ive gone to the docters twice now and i am refrainin from going again cuz i dont want to spend money... ive gotten several ointments that have effects for like 30 min, just enough to help me fall back asleep before itching... they re called eurax 10% lotion and desonide ointment 0.05% and hydrocortisone cream... the eurax helps but im only supposed to use it like once a week and the desonide is alright not the best and the hydrocortisone cream works for a lttle but doesnt heal it... what do i use to get rid of scabies?
gui4life
02/12/09
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  I got scabies about 15 yrs. ago from an infected cat.At first I thought it was an allergic reaction to detergent! It wasn't. I had it for 3 mos. it was terrible, especially at night. A physician told me one of the only cures that kills the mites totally is a product you can only get by perscription called "Quell". You apply it all over the body taking caution not to get it on your face and head. Just from the neck down. Leave it on for 10-20 min. and shower it off. It will take care of all the little "beasties" you might have.
beebo
02/12/09
How effective is Bacitracin oinment in treating eye infections and how soon does it work?
Any answers for me?
Lady Laz
04/24/09
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  is this the bacitracin polymycin or the neomycin? or both?
at any rate, they are both ok for ocular infections for the cornea and conjunctiva :) as long as it was given by ophthalmologist.
40winkz☤
04/24/09
Would bacitracin ointment help my earlobe infection?
I have some from my doctor and I was wondering if it would help, I beleive its also like Neosporin.
MichaelEMJAYARE
09/01/10
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  It is a strong, broad spectrum topical antibiotic ointment. It will most likely clear up your external infection on the earlobe, although you will likely have to use your earring post to shove a bit through the piercing hole to help clear up anything inside that tube. If you have had the ointment for a long time, it may not be as effective as when it was "fresh" as a few medicines lose potency over time. But it will most likely "do the trick". I would take out my earring. Wipe it off with an alcohol prep pad (found in any drug store in boxes of 100 for about $2. Using the earring post as a syringe, work a little of the alcohol from the pad into the hole. Wipe off both the front and back of your earlobe with a clean prep pad. Squeeze a little of the ointment onto the earring post, and work it in and out of the piercing. Then remove the earring and leave it out for a day or so while keeping ointment on the exterior of both the front and back of the earlobe. In a couple of days it should be feeling fine. I have very sensitive ears and typically wear only gold or silver earrings, mostly silver. Silver is used in certain hospital procedures because it has a known anti-bacterial property.
Cathy Waters
09/01/10
What do you use to treat an eye cold?
Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution work?

11/12/10
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  So the SPAM MERCHANT DR STEVE thinks it's OK to shove any old crap in or around your eyes.....
Any SENSIBLE person would tell you to seek PROFESSIONAL advice.
Stobbo Strikes Again
11/12/10
What do you use to treat an eye cold?
Does polymyxin b sulfate and trimethoprim ophthalmic solution work?
Anna Maria
11/12/10
Reply
  So the SPAM MERCHANT DR STEVE thinks it's OK to shove any old crap in or around your eyes.....
Any SENSIBLE person would tell you to seek PROFESSIONAL advice.
Stobbo Strikes Again
11/12/10
Can i take Vitazinc and Centrum daily?
A doctor advised me to take Vitazinc, because i was suffering from hairloss lately. (I'm 19 years old)
I was wondering if i can take 1 capsule Centrum in the morning and 1 capsule Vitazinc after 12 hours~

Vitazinc composition:
Each capsule contains:
Zinc gluconate (equivalent to 25 mg Zinc) 175 mg
Vitamin A 50.000 I.U.
Vitamin E 100 mg
Dosage: 1-3 Capsules

Centrum composition:
Vitamin A 100%
Vitamin D 100%
Vitamin E 100%
Vitamin C 100%
Thiamin (vit B1)100%
Riboflavin (vit B2 ) 100%
Niacin 100%
Vitamin B6 100%
Folacin (folic acid)100%
Vitamin B12 100%
Biotin 100%
Panothenic acid100%
Iron 100%
Iodine 100%
Calcium 20%
Phosphorus 16%
Magnesium 33%
Zinc 90%
The following ingredients are also in centrum, but there is no recommended daily allowance for them.
Vitamin K
Copper
Manganese
Potassium
Chloride
Boron
Silicon
Chromium
molybdenum
selenium
nickel
tin
vanadium

Dosage: 1 capsule MAX.
Abulfadl
02/27/11
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  Please consult a doctor.
Final Fantasy
03/03/11
A zinc oxide or other sunscreen recommended by the Envioronmental Working Group that goes on clear ?
I tried a recommended Zinc Oxide product from Lavera and it makes me as white as a ghost even after a lot of rubbing in, and it also kind of sticks to my arm hairs. The convenience of this is a far cry from the clear sprays which I used to use (which are not recommeneded, the ones I used anyway). I am hoping to find an EWG recommended sunscreen that goes on as clear as possible.
Nathan D
07/24/09
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  Okay, I had the same problem trying to find a clear zinc oxide product. Solar Sense makes a clear zinc product for the face: http://www.solar-sense.com/carded-jar.shtml

I have tried this and it does rub in clear. It takes a bit of rubbing and then it dries. If your skin is slightly oily like mine, this may be too greasy for you as I have found it to be. It is slightly moisturizing so it can leave a shine sometimes.

I found another product recommended by the EWG -- the store brand, Walgreens Clear Zinc for Face. This is less shiny for me than the Solar Sense and much cheaper ($6.49 for 4 oz. versus $3.29 for 0.5 oz.)

Zinc oxide is really the best thing for your face because it really blocks out UVA rays (just make sure it's at least 6% zinc oxide).

Another product that goes on clear but is quite hard to rub in is Vanicream Sport 35. It's $9.99 for 4 ounces and you have to ask the pharmacy to order it for you. (Or you can go on the company Website and call them to request a sample. http://www.psico.com/products/products_view_options.cfm 1-800-325-8232.) I liked Vanicream as it was non-shiny, but it was just VERY thick and hard to rub in (plus it's a pain having to order it from the pharmacy or from the website). With the Walgreens brand I find I rub it in until it still appears slightly white and then after about 15 minutes the shine and whiteness have disappeared.

Stay away from products with Titanium Dioxide. Even though, like zinc oxide, it is a great UVA blocker, titanium dixodie is even MORE whitening than zinc.

For the rest of your body, I would give up on using zinc. It's just too hard to rub in, especially on areas with hair!
Macpark
07/28/09
Is it normal for a Dr. to prescribe Neomycin Sulfate - 2000mg daily for 30 days after having a EDG?
To reduce ammonia forming bacteria in the intestinal tract.
sherrybarrybee
07/23/07
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  THE DOSE IS TOO MUCH. USUALLY IN CHRONIC LIVER DISEASE THEY PRESCRIBE THIS MEDICINE BUT DOSE U ARE TELLING IS TOO MUCH. CONSULT GASTEROENTEROLOGIST.
webster a
07/23/07

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