Desitin is a drug for external use, a dermatoprotector used to treat various inflammatory processes, skin irritations.
Release form and composition
Desitin is produced in the form of an ointment in plastic tubes of 57 g. Zinc oxide (400 mg per 1 g) acts as the active component of the ointment. Auxiliary components of the drug: white petrolatum, anhydrous lanolin, talc, cod liver oil, methylparaben, flavored oil, bottled hydroxyanisole, purified water.
Indications for use
According to the instructions, Desitin is indicated for use in the following cases:
- Diaper dermatitis in newborns;
- Superficial skin wounds (abrasions, cuts, scratches);
- Diaper rash;
- Slight burns of any origin, small in size (solar, thermal);
- Cilia in babies;
- Ulcerative skin lesions, including trophic ulcers;
- Herpes simplex;
- Eczema during the exacerbation.
Desitin Ointment is used to treat the skin of newborns, as the drug is completely safe, it is not absorbed into the blood, and therefore does not cause side effects. Especially recommended drug for newborns with sensitive skin, which often suffers from diaper dermatitis, various kinds of abrasions, diaper rashes and irritations.
According to the instructions, Desitin is contraindicated only in the presence of hypersensitivity to the active or auxiliary components of the drug. In general, the ointment has no restrictions for use, it can be used even in the presence of severe somatic diseases.
Dosing and Administration
Treatment of diaper dermatitis in infants should begin with the appearance of the first signs of redness, irritation and diaper rash. Ointment is applied with a thin layer on the affected skin up to three times a day. If such a need arises, more frequent use of Desitin is allowed.
The ointment should be applied to clean skin every time after changing a wet diaper in an infant. As a rule, the diaper rash takes place in a child after 2-3 days of applying the ointment; afterwards it is recommended to apply the drug on the skin for some time for prevention.
Prevention of diaper dermatitis is the regular treatment of the skin that is covered with a diaper or diaper. Prophylactic administration of Desitin before bedtime is recommended, since at night there is a high probability that the baby will be in contact with wet diapers for a long period of time.
For the treatment of minor injuries of the skin (scratches, abrasions, thermal and sunburns) apply ointment to the affected skin with a thin layer. If necessary, the affected area can be covered with bandages or gauze sterile wipes.
To date, no side effects Desitin not identified. Also, there are no cases of overdose of the drug, as it is practically not absorbed into the blood.
In the case when the skin has developed an infection, Desitin is not recommended. You should also avoid getting ointment in the eyes.
If after a few days after the start of therapy with Desitin, a rash or damage to the skin does not go away, you should contact your dermatologist to conduct additional research and establish an accurate diagnosis.
Desitin can be used in combination with other drugs, as it does not change the characteristics of drug absorption, distribution and removal from the body, does not cause drug interactions.
Before using Desitin, it is recommended to evaluate the smell of the drug. Normally, the ointment has a slight peculiar smell of cod liver. If the medicine is not properly stored (at too high a temperature), it is possible that it may deteriorate and acquire the unpleasant and pronounced smell of rotten fish. In this case, the drug is contraindicated.
In the domestic pharmaceutical market, Desitin ointment has only synonyms, that is, drugs that also contain zinc oxide, but they have a different therapeutic effect. These synonyms include the following drugs:
- Zinc Paste;
- Zinc Ointment;
- Zindol suspension;
- Liniment Zinc Oxide.
Terms and conditions of storage
According to the instructions, Desitin should be stored in a dry, cool, dark and out of reach of children. The shelf life of the drug is 3 years.