Calamine

What is Calamine?

Zinc oxide with a small amount of ferric oxide or basic zinc carbonate colored with ferric oxide; used in dusting powders, lotions, and ointments, as a mild astringent and protective agent for skin disorders.

Questions and answers on "Calamine"

I have itches all over my body after swimming (pool using salt instead of chlorine), then sitting in the jacuzzi or steam room. I ve tried all kinds of cream, jojoba oil, splashing vinegar after shower then rinse, calamine lotion but the relief is only temporary. Which one of the 3 activities above causes the itches. Thank you very much.

doctor1 MD

Hi.itches all over the bidy is only due to excess salt in water.it causes dryness of skin.apply venusia max cream to decrease itching caused by it.use a antihistamine and a antibiotic

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Hello! I am a 22 year old female. Weight is 203 and height is 5 6. A few days ago I noticed three large, what looked liked insect bites . They were white in color. Now it seems like it has spread and I have a welt like rash on the middle of my back, some on my hip area. But it lies mostly on my buttocks . I have gotten calamine lotion to help with the itch . Any idea what it could be?

doctor1 MD

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1. 'welt' like rash could be hives, but it is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations, if still the symptoms do not improve then please get a clinical examination done by a dermatologist.
2. You can take some OTC oral antihistamine medications like...

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I thought I had poisin ivy on my toes but now it's spread between and on all my toes. It burns and itches. It's like clusters of bubbles on two toes and they are super hot and swollen. Then I have bubbles between all my my toes. I've been using calamine lotion since Monday but its still spreading. I'm starting to think that it might be something else. What should I do? My doctor can't get me in for another 2 more weeks.

doctor1 MD

Hi,thanks for writing here.It seems you have developed blister bittle dermatitis .It is a reaction pattern to poison ivy.You need to take oral steroids in a short course along with antibiotics and anti allergy drugs,and it will be better you consult a dermatologist as early as possible.For...

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I have a month old and I thought he just had baby ance on his chin and then a few bumps appeared on his ear lobe. His dad got Poison ivy a week ago and I think he may have spread it to the baby. Baby is not itching and doesn't seem to bothered... I am just worried cause it has appeared to spread. But i have not gotten it and im breastfeeding. Can I use anything (like calamine lotion) to help it? should i leave it? Couldn't get in to my pediatrician before the weekend

doctor1 MD

Hi ,
Thank you for your query.
It seems like an innocuous lesion. Calamine lotion should be fine.Nothing of the sort spreads through breast milk.
Consult a dermatologist if the lesion increases.
If you have any further queries you are free to consult me.
Hope this answers your query.
Wishing a...

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My 7 month old grandson has urticaria , caused, according to the pediatrician , by something in his environment. Is Calamine lotion, applied to the itcy parts of the rash, safe for use on his skin? He was prescribed benedryl elixir and prednisone, advil and tylenol...all that help, but it s not enough for the areas such as inner thigh, feet. etc. Can we apply Calamine and after it dries, cover those areas with clothing to keep him from scratching and get it on his hands?

doctor1 MD

Hello and a warm welcome to HCM,

Calamine lotion is used worldwide and is one of the safest lotions available although you should be careful that your baby does not accidentally eat or lick it.

You can apply clothing over the area but the recovery is sooner if kept open

hope he recovers soon

Dr...

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ive been doing research and still not sure what i have ive narrowed it down to either scabies or a bed bug reaction i had someone check my bed and they said they would rule out bed bugs... i caught it from my sisters side of the family while staying at there house... small white bumps would appear that itch like crazy trying my hardest not to itch ive even been using calamine lotion and it still itches once itched slowly spreading once itched it becomes red and broke up and ive noticed a white clear liquid coming out can you please tell me what this is and how i get rid of it?

doctor1 MD

Hi

Thanks for your query

From your description of the condition, it looks like you are having scabies. It is an infestation of the skin caused by a mite. Scabies lesions are mostly seen over abdomen, thighs, axilla, breast in females and in web spaces of fingers.
It is a contagious skin infection...

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Hello doc, can I use calamine lotion for my baby? he is having heat rash (prickly heat) in his back and front part of his body and difficult to sleep caused of itching.. He is now 1yr and 3 months old. I already bought this lotion but I doubt to use it because there is a warning states not to use the product under 2yrs of age..Thank you and more power..GODBLESS... Best regards

doctor1 MD

hello...
yes you can use, if it is not cured by lactocalamine.
You should get consult with your doctor to find out cause of rash.

I would advise;
Maintain hygiene
Keep your bay dry after bath.
Use cotton cloths.
Proper and regular diet.

Thanks:
Iwish your child goog health
Regards: Dr. Sagar...

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i was told to wear disposable underwear for reacuring jockitch because it absorbs moisture and you throw them away (less chance of reinfecting) how long shpuld i do this . it seens to be helping

doctor1 MD

Hi

Thanks for the query.

Regular clean underwear help by absorbing sweat and hence your Doctor has rightly advised to wear disposable, soft, non-irritating underwear. It is better to wear the same till the lesions are responding to the treatment. After that you can start wearing new underwear...

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Hi there, my baby is 12wks old this Frid, and has been diognosed with hand,foot and mouth disease. she has been given antibiotics, the rash is quirte severe and pus on the right foot, and also making its way up to her body, and face. Ive been bathing her and lying her in the sun when we get it....she has had this now for over 2wks...and I'm getting frustrated as to how long this takes to clear. cheers Kelsey

doctor1 MD

Hi,

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

Hand foot mouth disease is due to a virus and in which usually antibiotics are not required.

Simple paracetamol drops for fever, and calamine rash for external application is sufficient.

Pus filled lesions are due to bacterial skin infections and...

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Hi .... My son who is 6 year old day before yesterday had fever ..,, yesterday he did not have any fever but was warm .... At night I saw small red rashes on his chest , back & arm ..,, & his feet & hands 2 .... He was itching his head .... Checked his head but there were no lice or dandruff .... Please help ..... Last night I rubbed lacto calamine ... Even now after giving him Head bath I rubbed lacto calamine all over his body ....for medicine I gave him Tylenol

doctor1 MD

Hello Bharti nd welcome
The rashes with fever is mostly found in Chicken Pox. You need to give antiallergic and anti-viral drugs for that and mostly symptomatic treatment is followed. Other reason for rashes are Scabies which is a bacterial infection and occur all over the body. Calamine lotion...

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Recent questions on  Calamine

doctor1 MD

Hello! I am a 22 year old female. Weight is 203 and height is 5 6. A few days ago I noticed three large, what looked liked insect bites . They were white in color. Now it seems like it has spread and I have a welt like rash on the middle of my back, some on my hip area. But it lies mostly on my buttocks . I have gotten calamine lotion to help with the itch . Any idea what it could be?

doctor1 MD

I get red marks on my face all of a sudden. They are mostly on my cheeks. Sometimes there are liltle bumps and sometimes its just redness and then after 25-30 mintues it disappears itself. I get them after i wash my face or even in normal situations like when m not outside in sun. So m not understanding what is it. Is it a kind od allergy or what and why they appear or disappear like this?? Its very embarrassing as it appears on my face and my color is fair so they are very much visible. Plz help me out.

doctor1 MD

I have itching for last 2 weeks.
I went to see a doctor and took MethylPREDNISolone last 1 week and finishe dthe course and talkinh Loratadine and Beneadryl to reduce itching.
I had 1 spot itching (with a bite Ibelieve) for more than a month (about 2 months backit started) and that got ok , but all on a sudden several big patches of rash on my back neck appeared (not sure mosquito bites) and under my arms and after few days after that whole front neck and ears were full of rash (not big patches , only blisters this time) .This started 2 weeks back, though with medicine and time it is less, but it is appearing at different places(stomac, hands,back etc.) and continuing. Ear itching is the most.
Please advice.

doctor1 MD

hi, i am a 61 year old that woke up this morning with what appears to be chicken pox , the red spots started to appear yesterday afternoon. this morning i am covered in them, how long is an isolation period and what can i take to hasten recovery? my 86 year old mother in law lives with and i am now concerned for her as well as she is not in good health.

doctor1 MD

i was told to wear disposable underwear for reacuring jockitch because it absorbs moisture and you throw them away (less chance of reinfecting) how long shpuld i do this . it seens to be helping

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