Calmoseptine was created over 80 years ago by a pharmacist as a diaper rash ointment for infants. Since that time Calmoseptine has been found to help alleviate the symptoms of many different conditions. Calmoseptine is available in a tube and a jar but the contents are all the same, the different containers are just personal preference. The tubes are 4 ounces and the jar is 2.5 ounces. It is a skin barrier ointment that is available over the counter, without a prescription, from online medical supply companies and brick and mortar pharmacies. A skin protectant or skin barrier ointment is a product that temporarily protects injured or exposed skin surfaces from harmful irritants while providing relief to the area in question.
What is Calmoseptine?
Calmoseptine is a moisture barrier ointment that provides a physical moisture barrier to protect intact as well as injured skin from direct contact with feces, urine, and wound drainage. Calmoseptine acts as a "counter-irritant" and temporarily relieves the discomfort that is associated with rashes, eczema, insect bites, poison ivy, oak, and sumac. The menthol in Calmoseptine has been shown to increase circulation to an area which can help in healing. Calmoseptine is also a mild antiseptic which can help prevent secondary bacterial or fungal infections which means it fits right into your collection of first aid supplies. This is not a one use product, it is handy to have on hand not just because it works but because you can use it for a long list of concerns.
What is Calmoseptine used for?
- Diaper rash in full term infants through adults
- Skin protection around feeding and drainage tube sites
- Protection for peri-wound skin
- Pain and itch relief in lymphedema and venous stasis conditions
- Stage 1 pressure ulcers
- Minor burns, cuts, scrapes
- Inside skin folds and other moist areas prone to fungal infections
- Insect bites
- Soothing of eczema and psoriasis
- Contact dermatitis including Poison Oak and Poison Ivy
- Rectal itching associated with hemorrhoids or anal fissures
- Perianal protection with ileoanal reservoirs known as "J-pouches"
As listed above, Calmoseptine ointment is a skin barrier ointment that is used for preventing and treating skin irritations from urine, feces, diarrhea, perspiration, fistual drainage, feeding tube site leakage, and wound drainage. That is a lot of different irritants and Calmoseptine can help them all. The ingredients in Calmoseptine help to balance the moisture balance of the skin so it protects the skin from outside irritants while also helping the skin not dry out. It can be used to treat minor burns, cuts, scrapes, itching and redness, as well as stage 1 ulcers. Calmoseptine works in a variety of situations and it is easy to learn how to apply Calmoseptine depending on why and where you are using it.
What are the active ingredients in Calmoseptine?
Menthol 0.44% :
External analgesic, Anti-itch
Zinc Oxide 20.6% :
Skin protectant, Anorectal astringent