Topical Medications

Topical Medications

Topical medications are used to treat skin symptoms directly on the location where they exist. Three major categories of topical medications include antibiotic creams / ointments, anti fungal creams / ointments and steroid creams / ointments. Symptoms for when to use each category of topical medication are described below:

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Antibiotic creams / ointments:  Used to prevent and fight local skin infections due to cuts and scrapes.

Anti fungal creams/ointments:  Used to relieve itching and discomfort associated with athletes foot, ringworm and jock itch.

Steroid creams/ointments:  Used to reduce the itching and discomfort from skin irritation due to eczema and other dermatologic conditions.

As with all medications, please carefully read the package insert for more specific information regarding active ingredients, usage instructions, potential side effects and interactions with other medications. If you have any concerns regarding usage, please contact our Nurse Line at (303) 699-6200, option #2.

Many topical medications are available in generic equivalents. Dosages for some of the more common over the counter topical medications are shown below:

* CAUTION: We recommend that you use the dropper or dosage cup that comes with your medicine to avoid overdosage. Dosage recommendations on bottles may vary from the recommendation on these pages. We would like you to use our recommended dosages unless your health care provider has given you a different dosage. Aspirin should not be given to your child.

Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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