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How frequently should I apply calamine lotion if I have chickenpox?

How frequently should I apply calamine lotion if I have chickenpox?

I don't advise it: I probably just find the stuff revolting because of the smell but don't find it helpful. I think it drys the skin too much & leads to other pbs. I do recommend benedryl lotion applies as needed and an occasional oatmeal bath to deal with the itching. ...Read more

Dr. James Ferguson
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Chickenpox (Definition)

Caused by the varicella-zoster virus, chicken pox results in a blister rash that starts on the stomach, back, and face and spreads throughout the entire body. These small itchy blisters eventually scab over. Associated symptoms include itching, fatigue, malaise, and a fever. The most effective method to prevent spreading of the varicella virus is ...Read more


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Hi we have a 4 year old with chicken pox and the calamine lotion is said to have expired in August 2015, will this be ok?

Hi we have a 4 year old with chicken pox and the calamine lotion is said to have expired in August 2015, will this be ok?

Maybe: The date of use is designed to assure potency, so it may not be up to strength.However, I never recommend it anyway.I find it too drying and stinky.Vaseline makes an intensive care lotion that works okay, but I prefer just to keep the skin clean and let the kid soak in tepid water periodically to remove the sweat that makes them itch. ...Read more

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Calamine lotion good for oncoming pimple?

Calamine lotion good for oncoming pimple?

Not really: Calamine lotion is good for drying up itchy spots. You would be better off using benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. ...Read more

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Will calamine lotion reduce risk of malaria?

Will calamine lotion reduce risk of malaria?

NO: Calamine lotion will ease the itching of mosquito or other insect bites but it does nothing to prevent mosquito bites that are the cause of malaria in endemic areas. ...Read more

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How much calamine lotion in a bath for an adult?

How much calamine lotion in a bath for an adult?

Calamine lotion: it actually works better to use aveeno oatmeal bath in the bathtub rather than calamine lotion for itching. This comes in little packages at the drug store. Calamine lotion doesn't mix very well and causes a huge mess . ...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

Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Calamine (Definition)

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