Find out which ointments and creams help treat common skin problems.
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Different Use of Skin Creams Barb: Hi doctors. Dr. Jim Sears: Hi. Barb: I was wondering about antibiotic creams. Sometimes I get a dry, itchy rash-like a condition on my skin. Do they really help? Dr. Drew Ordon: Well, Barb that’s a good question. Just like we were saying there are a million and one analgesic, Tylenol, those kinds of things again there’s so many different ointments that you can use. But what you have to do first is figure out what you’re dealing with. Is it an infection? Is it fungus? Is it an allergy? So, if you have a rash as we see in this picture here that’s probably allergic. Maybe you came in contact with poison ivy something like that that you would want to treat with a steroid cream, an anti- itch cream or any antihistamine cream. Then if you suspect an infection and you see maybe a little puss you have a cut or scrape and you want to make sure it doesn’t get infected worst like this then that’s the case we want to use the triple antibiotic ointment and they come under different names. And then finally, fungal infections like athlete’s foot like this typically looked scaly, red, they itch. So in the case like yours you probably more likely have a fungal infection or some type of allergy so that in that case you would not want to be using the triple antibiotic ointment. Dr. Jim Sears: In my office, I probably they have to make the distinction between these three creams. Dr. Drew Ordon: All the time. Dr. Jim Sears: Several times everyday. Dr. Drew Ordon: And unfortunately, if we make the wrong choice. It’s not going to work. Dr. Jim Sears: Right. Dr. Drew Ordon: You’re not going to want to put an allergy cream on a fungus. Dr. Travis Stork: And you don’t want to put all the three on like that you know. I put some steroids, some —and we’ll see what happens. Dr. Drew Ordon: Sometimes that’s what dermatologists have to do. They have to try. We’re going to try this and if it doesn’t work. We’ll try that. Dr. Lisa Masterson: And it's good to have bunch of those things that’s on your house so when you do call your doctor and ask them maybe describe it over the phone and they say get the antifungal or the antibiotic, you have it. Dr. Travis Stork: And if you’re getting something recurring you may suffer from something like psoriasis that you really do need to check out for anyone watching at home, but that’s such a good question Barb, thank you. Barb: Okay.