Topical Treatment (Creams-Ointments-Lotions)


Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland What are sunscreens used for? Excessive exposure to the ultraviolet, visible and infra-red radiation of the sun can cause sunburn, premature aging and wrinkling, brown pigmentation, hypersensitivity reactions to sunlight and skin cancer. Although your skin has its own natural defence mechanism, it’s not enough to prevent the […]

Potassium permanganate

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Dr Christophe HSU – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland Potassium Permanganate is a skin disinfectant and cleansing agent. It is used for soothing eczema (skin rash) and for drying wet wounds. Dissolve a few crystals in a container of water. Dilute it to a light purple colour solution. Then use this solution as follows: Bath: Fill a […]

Topical psoralen (methoxsalen) (valid on areas close to the equator only)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Your doctor has just prescribed a topical methoxsalen paint for you. It is also called meladinine. What is topical methoxsalen used for? Methoxsalen belongs to a group of medicines called psoralens. Topical methoxsalen is used on the skin to treat vitiligo or other skin problems as determined by your doctor. It increases the sensitivity of […]

Emulsifying ointment

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

This is an emollient which is used to moisturize dry skin. It may also be used as a soap substitute on problem skin with eczema or other skin rash which cannot tolerate over-drying toilet soaps. Your doctor has prescribed this for you as a : Moisturizer  Apply it liberally to the affected areas, at least […]

Topical antifungal preparations

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Topical antifungal preparations Dr Christophe Hsu – dermatologist. Geneva, Switzerland If you are prescribed a topical antifungal it may be one of the following (list not complete): Cream / Ointments Ciclopiroxolamine Econazole Miconazole Clotrimazole Ketoconazole Nystatin Terbinafine Liquids Amorolfine Ciclopiroxolamine Econazole Tolciclate Castellani’s Clotrimazole Selenium Sulphide Powders Clotrimazole Miconazole Econazole Tolciclate Pessaries / Vaginal tablets […]

Topical acne/pimple preparations

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

If your doctor has prescribed a topical acne preparation for you. It is probably one of the following (list not complete): Antibiotics Lotion Erythromycin Clindamycin or Peeling Agents Benzoyl Peroxide gel Resorcinol/Sulphur cream What are topical acne/pimple preparations used for? These are applied to the skin to treat acne(pimple). They work by exerting antibacterial action […]

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