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Clear Calamine Medication
I applied permethrin an hour ago. It soothed the itching and the hives I have from an allergic reaction to another medication. May I apply calamine or?
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
No need: To keep using if the itch is gone. ...Read more
Calamine: At your local drug store.Get a more detailed answer ›
Expiration: Some products lose some of their effectiveness after expiration and many can become contaminated. ...Read more
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Calamine: In the over the counter medication section. ...Read more
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
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
Neutralization: Calamine solution contains zinc carbonate (basic ph) and ant's sting contains formic acid. The reaction between the acid and the base neutralizes the effect of the sting. Taking an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Claritin and applying a topical steroid cream also help. ...Read more
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