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What is Silver Sulfadiazine?

Silver Sulfadiazine is a topical cream that is used to treat burns, promote healthy healing and prevent infection. When someone has a burn, concerns can arise regarding the use of this cream. Read below where a few questions regarding Silver Sulfadiazine were answered by the Experts.

What is 1% Silver Sulfadiazine used for?

This is considered an antibiotic cream that is used to treat burns or prevent serious infections.

Are Silver Sulfadiazine and Neosporin available in an over-the-counter formula?

Silver Sulfadiazine cream is only available through a prescription from a doctor. This form of treatment is a stronger based medication used to treat burns and differs in strength from Neosporin cream. Neosporin cream is often used to prevent infections while promoting healing.

What should one do if Sulfadiazine and Neosporin have not healed a draining burn?

When there is drainage from the burn that the two creams have not treated, an appointment should be made with a doctor to have the burn re-evaluated.

When should Silver Sulfadiazine be used to treat a burn and can a triple antibiotic ointment be used?

When there is a burn, an individual could use a triple antibiotic ointment first. If the triple antibiotic does not treat or heal the wound, then using Silver Sulfadiazine would generally be the next step for treatment.

Can Silver Sulfadiazine be used to treat acne on the face?

Generally, doctors would avoid using Silver Sulfadiazine this. This is because the silver could cause skin discoloration. When an acne treatment is needed, the doctor would find another medication that does not contain it.

Silver Sulfadiazine Side Effects

Silver Sulfadiazine is known to have side effects. When they occur, stopping the use and calling a doctor is suggested. Some occur when this cream is used for other treatments besides burns or when the individual has an allergic reaction to it ingredients.

What problems should an individual look for when Silver Sulfadiazine is ingested?

When Silver Sulfadiazine is ingested, the individual can experience an abnormal sensation in their mouth. A feeling of excessive fatigue, weakness, rash or uncontrolled bleeding can all be signs that a doctor would need to be contacted.

Can Silver Sulfadiazine cause a burning sensation??

Most people could feel this in the hands as well as the area where the cream has been applied. An individual may need to call the doctor if they begin to experience:

  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of breath

Is Silver Sulfadiazine be used to treat sunburns?

When someone has a sunburn, this is often used if the burn is severe or has blisters. If any redness pink tint is present on the skin, a soothing cream can be used instead of the cream that contains silver.

Silver Sulfadiazine is a cream that is used to treat burns or to help prevent burns from becoming infected. Although discoloration of the skin can occur, doctors often use this cream as a first choice in treatment. When using this cream, questions about side effects or its proper use can arise. When answers to these questions or concerns are needed, individuals should ask Experts.

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