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Neo Healar Ointment
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
Vanicream: I really like Vanicream but Cetaphil and Eucerin are all good options. In addition avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers like Ivory, Irish Spring, or Lever 2000. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream immediately after shower to damp skin. For break-through itch Sarna lotion can be added. Topical steroid ointments are prescribed depending on severity of eczema flare. ...Read more