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Sulfur Ointment for Skin Problems

Updated on December 19, 2011
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Sulfur Ointment for Treating Skin Conditions

Sulfur ointment is an over-the-counter (OTC) drug used in the treatment of four skin disorders. Sulfur ointment (also known as precipitated sulfur 5% to10 %) is sold under several brand names and is generally safe to use, however it may dry the skin.

4 Uses for Sulfur Ointment:

1 - Acne - Sulfur ointment is used as an acne treatment for children and adults This common skin disorder causes pimples to form because hair follicles clog up under the skin. Use this medicine as needed, unless your doctor suggests otherwise. The dosages vary from person to person and depend of the type of treatment needed.

2 - Seborrheic Dermatitis - Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky scales that form oily areas. This happens most often inside and around the ear, on the scalp, eyelids and eyebrows. It is also known to occur on other parts of the body as well.

Note - Cradle Cap - On an infant seborrheic dermatitis is known as cradle cap.

Treatment using sulfur ointment starts with washing affected areas with soap and water, drying thoroughly, then applying the ointment to cover the affected area. Rub in gently.

3 - Scabies - Scabies is caused by a microscopic mite known as Sarcoptes scabei. Scabies causes an itchy skin condition and is common all over the workd. Scabies is known to spread quickly in crowded conditions. Effective treatment of scabies, starts before applying the sulfur ointment. Wash your entire body with soap and water and dry, then apply. After leaving the ointment on for 24 hours, it is important to wash your entire body again before reapplying ointment.

4 - Lice - Your healthcare provider may prescribe sulfur ointment to treat lice as well as other skin conditions. Additionally, some sulfur preparations are only available with a doctor's prescription. If you want to use sulfur ointment for the treatment of lice, you should check with your doctor first about proper usage.

As with any drug, even OTC drugs, the risks must be weighed against the benefits. If you are planning to use sufur ointment and have allergies to any medication, consult your doctor first. There is no specific information available to show how a sulphur drug will work in children or older people as compared to other age groups. Also no adequate studies have been conducted to determine the risk to an infant during breastfeeding.

Sulfur comes in a variety of forms. As soap, it has been used for ages. It is also available in a lotion form.

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