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Dr. James Krick
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Calamine (Overview)

Calamine is a skin-related agent.


Dr. James Krick
110 Doctors shared insights

Calamine (Overview)

Calamine is a skin-related agent.


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What's the difference between calamine and camomile lotions?

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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What is a good way to treat poison oak after exposure beside benedryl and calamine lotion?

What is a good way to treat poison oak after exposure beside benedryl and calamine lotion?

Poison oak: If you have a moderate to severe rash, you may need to see your doctor. He or she may prescribe corticosteroid pills. These medicines may help improve or clear up the rash more quickly. Prescription corticosteroid creams, ointments, gels, or shots may also be used. ...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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Other than calamine or cortizone (hydrocortisone) what can be used for itching?

Other than calamine or cortizone (hydrocortisone) what can be used for itching?

Sarna: Over-the-counter anti-itch creams are everywhere and some are better than others. Sarna is topical pramoxine and can be quite helpful in alleviating itch. If the otc products don't help much, then prescription topical medications and oral medications can be very helpful to alleviate the itch. See your doctor if the otc products are not helping. ...Read more

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Does calamine lotion on rashes work to stop the itch?

Yes: As do steariod creams otc of 1% or it may be. 1%. I always keep some on hand. Works fast and no color or staining, easy and safe to use if ur sure there is no infection. ...Read more

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What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

What works better than calamine lotion or cortizone (hydrocortisone) cream for poison ivy rashes?

Poison ivy: Poison ivy oil produces a severe from of irritation on the skin that needs aggressive treatment to control its symptoms. High-potency steroid creams are often prescribed.
The worst forms, especially involving large areas of skin, need oral steroids. ...Read more

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What Happens When 4 year child Swallow Calamine Lotion?

What Happens When 4 year child Swallow Calamine Lotion?

Zinc oxide...: Zinc oxide toxicity is possible with calamine lotion ingestion (in large amounts). Contact poison control immediately at 1-800-222-1222 to assess risk and if any interventions are necessary. ...Read more

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Does lacto calamine have side effects?

Allergy: Just allergy to any of the individual components, which is rare. ...Read more

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Would could be the side effects of calamine lotion and halcinonide solutions (when mixed together) and apply on the skin?

Steroid side effects: Calamine usually does not cause skin side effects other than irritation in rare cases. Steroids can cause skin atrophy, lightening of the skin and stretch marks from overuse. Discuss these and other potential side effects with your physician. ...Read more

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I broke out with hives last night, treated with calamine and benedryl, some go away after a while but new areas keep breaking out, what could this be?

I broke out with hives last night, treated with calamine and benedryl, some go away after a while but new areas keep breaking out, what could this be?

Usually not serious: Hives come from an over-reaction of the immune system. Most of the time, they are mild, but cause isn't found. It just runs it's course. Hives typically come &go. Keep taking an over the counter antihistamine (allegra, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec) during the day &benadryl @ night if needed.Calamine can be soothing. If you have other symptoms (swelling of face, tongue; trouble breathing) see an allergist asap. ...Read more

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Is calamine good for bites?

Yes: It can be helpful for insect bites & poison ivies. ...Read more

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Can I use calamine on sunburn?

Can I use calamine on sunburn?

Calamine: I use it. If there are blisters, it is a second degree burn. In that case you need to see an md. ...Read more

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Is calamine a physical sunscreen?

There is a calamine: Product called Lacto Calamine Sun Shield Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 30 that can be used for that purpose. I do not know how effective regular calamine lotion is as a sunscreen. ...Read more

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Should I use caladryl or calamine?

Either: Both help to soothe itchy skin. Keep in mind though that caladryl does contain benedryl and that could cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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Does lacto calamine have side effects?

Allergy: Just allergy to any of the individual components, which is rare. ...Read more

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Permetrin and calamine do they mix well?

Permetrin and calamine do they mix well?

Should be fine: I do not see a problem with combining permethrin cream and calamine lotion. It may even provide some benefit in spreading the permethrin more evenly over your skin as you are treating the infection from scabies or lice. ...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 stop the itch of mosquito bites?

Yes: Zinc oxide and benedryl topically does provide some relief from itching. ...Read more

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What drys up bug bites better. Calamine or caladryl?

Calamine or: Maybe even take an oatmeal bath. ..As an allergist I would say never use caladryl for anything.....Maybe take Allegra (fexofenadine) daily for a few days (read the label). And try 1% cortisone cream (-all over the counter))...And of course treat/clean the bed and bedding. ...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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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