Guest Author - Monica J. Foster
Topical zinc oxide creams and ointments are widely used in the home and in many health care facilities for diaper rash, skin irritation, moisture barrier and more, but add menthol to the mix and there are more soothing effects to irritation. One of the better formulations of zinc oxide on the market today, or so I have found, is an ointment called Calmoseptine, which includes menthol in its essential ingredients.
Menthol, as in the icy, then warm feeling ingredient used in lip balm, chest confestion and muscle pain rubs, and lozenges for an sore throat is part of what helps Calmoseptine work so well and sets it apart from other rash and irritation ointments. Menthol is a super natural ingredient to sooth internal and external irritation. Calmoseptine, as amulti-purpose skin barrier cream, is affordable and provides soothing comfort because of its formulation using zinc oxide to soothe reddened skin and menthol for comfortable skin feel, soothing itchy, burning discomfort.
Calmoseptine, like other formulations of zinc oxide, are used to treat a variety of skin disorders including:
- chapped and dry skin
- minor burns (like sunburn or from touching a hot surface)
- diaper rash
Some zinc oxide formulas are mixed with hemorroidal ointments to relieve burning, itching and rectal discomfort. While zinc oxide is a great skin barrier ointment, it is not classified as an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal agent, but it will help soothe inflamed skin areas in addition to a prescription for bacterial of fungal infection. Calmoseptine, like any zinc oxide ointment directs, should be applied in a thin layer. There's no need to massage or rub them in.
Calmoseptine ointment can be used to treat skin conditions that result from
- redden areas around the rectum and abdominal area from urine and
- leaks around feeding and irritation around tracheotomy tubes
- minor skin abrasions
- areas around colostomies, fistulas
- diaper rash
- excessive sweating
- residual skin irritation from adhesive after a covered wound has
When using Calmoseptine to treat diaper and incontinence rashes, apply it lightly over the affected area. Use more than just a dab and it can be messy. The best time to apply the ointment is at night or between clothing, tube or dressing changes or any time you are going to rubbing against an irritated area, sitting or settling on it for a long period of time. Of course, keep the area clean and change wet pads and dressings as soon as possible and often so the moisture barrier properties remain effective.
Usually, it isn't necessary to entirely remove Calmoseptine from your skin. Any soiled areas can be cleansed while still leaving a thin layer of the ointment there. More Calmoseptine can then be reapplied where necessary. This minimizes irritation of delicate skin from friction during cleansing.
If it is necessary to thoroughly cleanse the ointment from the skin, Calmoseptine Ointment can be removed by wiping with a clean dry cloth or gauze. Skin or wound cleansers with surfactants may also be used.
If skin is tender or fragile, or if stoma powder has been used and the ointment is crusted, patting or rubbing with oil (mineral, vegetable, or baby oil) will soften the ointment for easier removal. Any residual can then be removed with soap and water or a skin or wound cleanser with surfactants, or ingredients that help break down the moisture barrier in the ointment gently.
For removing Calmoseptine from surfaces made of vinyl, wood etc. Use mineral or baby oil applied to a cotton ball. Gently pat until the Calmoseptine Ointment loosens enough to be removed with the cotton ball. Then, you may clean the oil from the surface. Clorox 2 is a good way to remove Calmoseptine from clothes or bedding, too.
Calmoseptine should be avoided around the eyes and mouth. If it does get into the eye, rinse thoroughly with water right away. It should not be applied on open or in deep wounds.
Some medical conditions may interact with Calmoseptine Ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
-if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
-if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal remedies
-if you are taking dietary supplements
-if you have allergies to certain medicines, foods, or other substances
Check with your doctor and pharmacist before using. Calmoseptine is available nationwide over the counter and by special order through most other pharmacies without a prescription. It can be purchased for between $4-$8 per container.