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Emulsifying Ointment

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Emulsifying Ointment - What is it for

​Emulsifying ointment is used as a moisturiser or soap substitute for washing (other soaps may dry out the skin). It leaves a thin film of ointment on the skin to prevent water loss.

Emulsifying Ointment - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Emulsifying Ointment cause?

Before taking Emulsifying Ointment, what precautions must I follow?

  • ​Inform your healthcare professional if you are allergic to any ingredients of this medication
  • It may not be suitable for the face or scalp, as it may be too oily.
  • You should be extra careful after using this ointment in the bath, as the ointment may make the floor oily and slippery.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Emulsifying Ointment?

Emulsifying Ointment - Dosage and How to Use

How should Emulsifying Ointment be used?

If your doctor has prescribed emulsifying ointment for you as a:

  • Moisturiser:

    Apply or massage gently in a downward direction (in the direction of hair growth) to the affected areas at least 2 times a day or as instructed by your doctor. A good time to apply the ointment is within 5 to 10 minutes after your bath, while your skin is still moist. This helps to seal in the moisture more effectively and prevents your skin from losing too much water.
     
  • Bar soap substitute:

    Wet the body. Rub some emulsifying ointment with water between your palms until it lathers, then apply it to the entire body in a downward direction (in the direction of hair growth). Avoid use on your face and scalp, unless directed by your doctor. Wash off with water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
     
  • Liquid soap substitute:

    Scoop a spoonful into a container. Add some hot tap water and stir until the ointment melts and is well mixed. Add some cold tap water to cool it. Apply to the entire body, except your face and scalp. Wash off with water and gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Emulsifying Ointment - Handling

How should I handle Emulsifying Ointment safely?

Emulsifying Ointment - Storage

How should I store Emulsifying Ointment?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Emulsifying Ointment safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Emulsifying Ointment - Additional Information

​The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

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