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What is poison ivy?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Poison ivy is a plant that has three leaves on each stem and grows as a vine or bush. As thesaying goes "leaves of three, let them be", poison ivy should always be avoided. The leaves,roots, and stems of the plant contain oily che...

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What's the difference between a cream and an ointment?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

A cream is a preparation of a medication for topical use (on the skin) that contains a waterbase. Essentially, it is a preparation of oil (often lanolin or petrolatum) in water. Anointment is a preparation of a medication for topi...

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What is the best treatment for burns that's available over-the-counter?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

The best over-the-counter treatment depends on exactly what kind of burn you have and howsevere it is. You need to see a doctor if you have a first- or second-degree burn that coversan area more than 2-3 inches in diameter. If you...

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Can you treat cold sores with over-the-counter medicines?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Oral herpes, or as they're more widely known, cold sores are a common infection of the moutharea caused by herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1). While there is no actual cure for coldsores, many over-the-counter treatments can shor...

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What is Rogaine?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Rogaine? ( minoxidil ) is a medicated lotion used to treatbaldness or hair loss. It's available in 2% and 5% (lotion and foam) solutions that are appliedto the scalp. In 1988, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Rogaine...

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What is clobetasol?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Clobetasol is atopical corticosteroid used to treat inflammation, itching, swelling and pain caused by skinconditions like eczema and psoriasis . It is one ofthe most potent topical steroids; therefore, it is intended for short te...

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Are there any alternative therapies for psoriasis?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

There are some alternative therapies for psoriasis, but some of these treatments have beentested in very small numbers of people and their usefulness hasn't been proven. However, somealternative therapies can help relieve itching ...

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Can I use over-the-counter creams to remove age and sun spots?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

There are plenty of lotions and creams made for the treatment of age and sun spots that areavailable over-the-counter. Products with hydroquinone 2% , kojic acid, glycolic acid ordeoxyarbutin as the active ingredient work best for...

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What are some over-the-counter eczema treatments?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Some over-the-counter eczema treatments include topical corticosteroids like Cortizone-10?Intensive Healing Eczema 1% Topical Lotion . Vaseline and other over-the-counter unscentedmoisturizers with petroleum jelly are also effecti...

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How can I prevent acne?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

You can prevent pimples by keeping your face clean and your hands away from your face. Usingany good cleanser or soap, gently wash the affected area two to three times daily. You treatmost cases of mild acne with over-the-counter ...

Source:  Walgreens

My doctor just prescribed an eye ointment. How do I put it in my eye?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Applying an eye ointment or gel is a simple step-by-step process: Start by having a mirror handy, if possible. Next, wash your hands with warm soapy water and rinse them thoroughly. Hold the medication tube between your forefinger...

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What are cold sores?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Cold sores and fever blisters are painful, fluid-filled blisters on the lips or nearby skin. Avirus called herpes simplex type 1 causes them. Cold sores are contagious and are spread bytouch. They often appear when you're under st...

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Are there any prescription therapies for psoriasis?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

A number of prescription therapies are available for psoriasis, and are usually tried whenover-the-counter treatments don't help, or when symptoms are moderate to severe. Steroid creamsand ointments such as triamcinolone and betam...

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What are the risks and side effects of clobetasol?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Clobetasol is atopical corticosteroid used to treat inflammation, itching, swelling and pain caused by skinconditions like eczema and psoriasis . It is one ofthe most potent topical steroids; therefore, it is intended for short te...

Source:  Walgreens

What is dandruff?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

Dandruff is a condition that results in excessive scaling of skin on the scalp. People withdandruff have twice the rate of scaling as those with a normal scalp. Dandruff affects morethan 63 million Americans - about 12 million not...

Source:  Walgreens

How can I prevent acne?
Pharmacy - Pharmacist FAQ

You can prevent pimples by keeping your face clean and your hands away from your face. Usingany good cleanser or soap, gently wash the affected area two to three times daily. You treatmost cases of mild acne with over-the-counter ...

Source:  Walgreens

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