Using menthol and zinc oxide as active ingredients, Calmoseptine® Ointment creates a barrier on the skin that helps control moisture, heal irritations and relieve itching and general discomfort. It can help treat conditions ranging from insect bites and diaper rash to poison ivy and bed sores. Learn more about what this ointment is and how it helps soothe a range of skin irritations.

What Is Calmoseptine® Ointment?

Calmoseptine® Ointment was introduced over 70 years ago to protect and help heal dry, irritated skin. Today, this solution can be used on a spectrum of conditions involving intact or injured skin:

• Rashes
• Eczema
• Bed sores
• Insect bites
• Minor scrapes
• Burns
• Diaper rash
• Bacterial infections
• Diaper dermatitis
• Poison ivy
• Hemorrhoids
• Anal fissures
• Other skin irritations

Calmoseptine® cream further shields the skin from exposure to potentially caustic or eroding bodily fluids, including from urinary and fecal incontinence, fistula drainage, perspiration, skin folds, wound drainage and feeding tube sites. This approach helps prevent bed sores from causing skin breakdown. 

Calmoseptine® Ingredients

Menthol (0.44%) and zinc oxide (20.6%) are the two active ingredients in Calmoseptine® cream ointment. Zinc oxide acts as both an astringent and skin protectant, while menthol soothes nerve fibers and improves circulation temporarily to lessen irritation and itching. 

How Does Calmoseptine® Work?

Creates a physical barrier against moisture:
Once applied, Calmoseptine® creates a layer against urine, feces, wound drainage and other bodily fluids to reduce irritation, bed sore formation and maceration, based on the condition.

Offers antiseptic properties:
This aspect helps control bacterial and fungal infections.

Helps decrease itching and irritation:
Menthol creates a soothing sensation that temporarily reduces discomfort and itching related to eczema, rashes, insect bites, poison ivy and other skin conditions.

Helps increase circulation:
Menthol further improves blood flow to the application site, which aids the healing process.

How to Use Calmoseptine®

Calmoseptine® Ointment is intended for topical use only. The solution should be applied strictly to the skin and is packaged to fit in a first aid cabinet for repeat use.

Whether you’re applying Calmoseptine® for an insect bite, eczema or poison ivy or to prevent bed sores, be sure to:

• Wash your hands with soap and water before applying Calmoseptine® cream.
• Clean the affected area with soap and water.
• Dry the area: either pat it dry with a towel or allow it to air dry.
• Apply a thin layer of Calmoseptine® cream onto the skin.
• Following application, thoroughly wash your hands.
• Avoid getting Calmoseptine® into your eyes, nose or mouth. Should this occur, flush the area with water until the solution is removed.

Frequency of application varies with the condition being treated. You may need to apply Calmoseptine® cream:

• Each day at bedtime.
• With every diaper change.
• If you expect extended exposure to bodily fluids.
• Two to four times per day for most skin irritations.

If you notice blistering, swelling or pain where you applied Calmoseptine® cream, immediately discontinue usage and seek medical attention. If the skin condition continues past seven days or periodically returns, inform your doctor. 

 

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-3614/calmoseptine-topical/details
https://www.woundsource.com/product/calmoseptine-ointment
https://www.consumerreports.org/medical-conditions/right-products-to-stop-itchy-skin/ 
https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/menthol-and-zinc-oxide-topical-application-route/precautions/drg-20127685?p=1 
https://www.exmed.net/what-is-calmoseptine

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