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Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
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I have a bottle of calamine lotion that is about a year over its expiration date. Can I still use it?

I have a bottle of calamine lotion that is about a year over its expiration date. Can I still use it?

I suppose: The expiration date is there as an indicator of potency. Use after that date implies that the ingredients have broken down and will be less effective. The breakdown products are unlikely to produce a significant injury. I never liked this lotion anyway. I consider it too drying and of little benefit beyond giving you something to do. ...Read more

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Is calamine lotion safe to use on babies?

Is calamine lotion safe to use on babies?

No: The only thing calamine lotion will help with is drying up blisters. If there are blisters, then put it only on the blisters and not the normal skin. ...Read more

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Is calamine lotion okay to use on sunburn?

Calamine tends to: Dry out skin. Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek medical care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of symptoms within several days or if a large surface area is blistered. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use calamine lotion on a 2 1/2 year old?

Yes: Calamine lotion is often used in children for itchy rashes. It is for external use only! ...Read more

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Can I use calamine lotion for bug bites on my 9 month old?

Can I use calamine lotion for bug bites on my 9 month old?

Hydrocortisone 1% cr: For bug bites I would use otc hydrocortisone 1% cream for itching. Avoid the face if possible. ...Read more

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A 4 month baby with G6PD can use calamine lotion or not?

Yes but....: Four month olds don't usually require calamine lotion. Depending on what you are treating, other options may be more appropriate. ...Read more

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My baby has roseola. Is calamine lotion ok to use on his skin? How often can we use it?

My baby has roseola. Is calamine lotion ok to use on his skin? How often can we use it?

Leave it alone: I find calamine stinks enough to trigger nasal congestion in small kids and excessively drying. Roseola is a process that comes up from within the skin and does not benefit from any topically applied medication. The rash will clear on its own timetable without any help. ...Read more

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How can you use calamine lotion for acne?

How can you use calamine lotion for acne?

Bad choice: This will just make you look worse. Acne is best treated with topical benzoyl peroxide. If you're not clear in two weeks, get with your physician. All acne can be managed, though the only cure is time. ...Read more

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What is the use of zinc oxide during manufacturing calamine lotion?

What is the use of zinc oxide during manufacturing calamine lotion?

Sun block: Zinc oxide is a total sun block. It was commonly used by surfers and sports people before some of the current sun screens came along, and is still used in many. ...Read more

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Can calamine lotion i.P use under of 1 year baby girl for skin problem?

Not recommended: Calamine is not really recommended. It would depend on the type of skin rash to decide what type of skin lotion or cream should be used. It's best to see a doctor to figure out what type of rash it is first. ...Read more

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Lately I've had skin rashes and itchiness. Should I use calamine lotion or aloe?

Lately I've had skin rashes and itchiness. Should I use calamine lotion or aloe?

Xerosis: Calamine lotion are great for viral exanthem! Aloe vera are great for innate moisturizers and skin calming properties! Apply as directed, regards! ...Read more

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My daughter's skin gets rash whenever it is rain? Can I use calamine lotion for her? Thanks.

My daughter's skin gets rash whenever it is rain? Can I use calamine lotion for her? Thanks.

Rain~rash: If she has no allergies, calamine lotion can be used for minor skin irritations. Has she considered a career in meteorology? ...Read more

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My Daughter is experiencing a heat rash, is calamine lotion safe to use? She's 3 weeks old

My Daughter is experiencing a heat rash, is calamine lotion safe to use? She's 3 weeks old

I wouldn't: A three week old would get baby acne bases on age more often than heat rash. This process self clears over time & just needs to be kept clean. I find Calamine lotion is excessively drying and has very little use if any in modern treatment of skin problems. ...Read more

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Since im allergic to calamine lotion an poison ivy what over-the-counter products may I use?

Since im allergic to calamine lotion an poison ivy what over-the-counter products may I use?

Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion: You can try topical Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion/cream, or a mild cortisone cream (0.5% if covering large area, 1% ok if localized / small areas). Try one at a time & see how they work for you. If neither, will need zyrtec + Pepcid (generics ok) +/- prescribed steroid pills. See urgent care if no relief. ...Read more

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Can I use BP and Calamine lotion on my neck at the same time? I will apply moisturizer. Is it safe to do so? My neck have acnes.

Can I use BP and Calamine lotion on my neck at the same time? I will apply moisturizer. Is it safe to do so? My neck have acnes.

Calamine lotion: Is not a typical treatment for acne. Depending on the severity of your acne, you might want to wash with a BP wash, leaving the lather on for 1 minute before rinsing, and then apply adapalene gel. ...Read more

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Went to park. Burrs thrown at me. Mildly itchy rash on back and shoulders, use allegra (fexofenadine) and calamine lotion, not helping. Respond asap?

Went to park. Burrs thrown at me. Mildly itchy rash on back and shoulders, use allegra (fexofenadine) and calamine lotion, not helping. Respond asap?

Best to ignore: The more you mess with it the more it will mess with you. Ignore it. It should get better no matter what you do. If you have to do something put otc cortisone cream on it. ...Read more

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Can I use 1% silver sulfadiazine cream of poison izy rash? If so, do I continue to use calamine lotion?

USELESS: Silver sulfadiazine will not relieve you in any way. Calamine lotion is barely effective. "Poison" ivy is a violent reaction which will occur only on those allergic to it and only where the sap came on the skin. A prescription strength cortisone is very effective. Clobetasol gel or augmented betamethasone cream, . OK to wash. No special soap makes any difference. Not contagious. Will not spread. ...Read more

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I use sunscreen& either burn or breakout. Use fluticasone propionate cream, calamin lotion, lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) cream on sunburn? If not wants good to use?

I use sunscreen& either burn or breakout. Use fluticasone propionate cream, calamin lotion, lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) cream on sunburn? If not wants good to use?

Apply cool...: ...Washcloths often, and take Ibuprofen to decrease the pain and inflammation. If you burn after applying a sunscreen, you are not using one that is strong enough, or applying it often enough. Breakouts are usually from the vehicle. So choose a spray or thin lotion with a high spf (55 or higher) and apply it often while you are in the sun. ...Read more

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What's the difference between calamine and camomile lotions?

Different source: Calamine is usually a combination of a zinc and an iron oxide. It is helpful as a topical anti-itch treatment. Chamomile comes from certain plants and while it has also been used to treat mild itching it is also possible one can develop an allergy to some of the individual components, particularly if you are allergic to ragweed. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on calamine lotion?

Calamine Lotion: Is for topical use only. It should not be taken orally. ...Read more

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Does calamine lotion lose purpose after expiration date?

Expiration: Some products lose some of their effectiveness after expiration and many can become contaminated. ...Read more

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Is lidocaine found in calamine lotion?

No: Calamine is either a mixture of zinc oxide (zno) with about 0.5% ferric oxide (fe2o3) or a zinc carbonate compound. ...Read more