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Does bioderm ointment expire? If yes, please help me find the expiration date on the bottle. I can't see it.
Everything expires: Nothing lasts forever, but over-the-counter lotions and creams might not have a recommended expiration date stamped on the container. Perhaps going to a store and looking at all the other creams to see what are typical expiration dates can help a person decide when to throw away the bioderm. Of course, if the bioderm looks, smells, or feels different than when new, it's best to throw it out. ...Read more
Can I use ichthammol ointment on pustules that haven't came to surface yet. I have clear skin, but here and their a pustle may appear?
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 TO FIND OUT WHY YOU ARE GETTING THEM. GOOD LUCK. ...Read more
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 be used to treat skin aliments. It is known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It helps treat and clear up many minor wounds on humans and animals. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on the severity of the eczema -- generally you want to use the weakest medicine that will fix the problem. If you have fissures (cracks) in the skin, creams can sting, ointments (vaseline-like) work better. Strength ranges from Hydrocortisone (over the counter) to very strong prescription meds. ...Read more