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How to use ichthammol ointment for boils

A member asked:
Dr. Peter Lio
Dermatology 21 years experience
Possibly! : Ichthammol (also known as ammonium bituminosulfonate) is not used much anymore, but is an interesting old remedy. Sometimes referred to as a "drawing... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Boil - abscess: Don't recommend "bathroom surgery". If you have an abscess it would be better to have a medical provider to incise it and to break up possible loculat... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Should be safe: Should be soothing plus draw out any pus from infected or ingrown hair.. Good luck.
A male asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
ICHTHAMMOL: DOCTORS ARE TRYING TO WEAN PEOPLE OFF ICHTHAMMOL. TOO MANY SIDE EFFECTS. FOR THE PUSTULES THAT DEVELOP, I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEE A DERMATOLOGIST... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology 72 years experience
ICHTHAMMOL FOR BOILS: Many years ago,before antibiotics,this was the only topical medication for boils that was available. Rarely used now.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
24 hours: According to the literature I have found it takes about 24 hours to bring it to a head. however, I am much more comfortable using antibiotics and dra... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Head Lesion: Without knowing exactly what this lesion is, and considering it has been there for two months, it's really time that you seek the help of a physician ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Ichthammol: Ichthammol ointment is also known as black drawing salve. It is made of sulfur-rich shale and mixed with either a beeswax or paraffin base so it can b... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ipe Kalathoor
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Icthammol: Might soothes skin.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Ichthammol ointment : Ichthammol ointment has been used in humans to treat eczema & to kill bacteria. It is used to treat dry hooves in horses.