Oxolinic ointment is an antiviral drug, used in the prevention of colds. Many may still remember how a mom or grandmother smeared her nose with this ointment on a frosty winter morning before going outside. Does this tool really protect against viruses?
Someone still believes in the miracle effect of one of the cheapest medicines, and, one might say, has already become popular. Someone considers its use useless. However, before the onset of cold weather in pharmacies, this ointment is disassembled like hot cakes on the market.
The composition of oxolinic ointment
The composition of oxolinic ointment includes tetraxolin, liquid paraffin and petrolatum. Available in aluminum tubes of 10 g in two concentrations of 3% and 0, 25%, while each form has its own instructions for use. When applied to the skin, very poor absorption is noted: only 5%, on the mucous - 20%.
Oxolinic ointment: instructions for use
Three percent ointment is used in the treatment of herpes and warts. It is applied directly to the center, in the case of warts - daily for 2-3 months. But in the modern world, this medicine is already outdated, replaced by new means of dealing with warts, which act much more efficiently and quickly, for example, celandine or laser.
0.25% ointment is used as a treatment for conjunctivitis, viral rhinitis and in the prevention of colds. At the first disease, the medicine is laid in the lower eyelid 3 times a day or only at night. After application, close the eyes for 1 minute and rotate them so that the ointment melts and is evenly distributed over the front surface. The duration of the course is determined by the doctor.
In other cases, oxolinic ointment is applied nasally 2-3 times a day. During epidemics, the course of treatment can last a month. But, as practice shows, if the disease began to develop, this remedy is no longer as effective.
Oxolinic ointment: contraindications
Perhaps a side effect of oxolinic ointment - a burning sensation of the mucous membrane of the nose or skin, after a couple of minutes it should pass. Do not forget about contraindications: do not use this drug for people with individual intolerance to the drug and its components. Also, doctors do not recommend the use of ointment with vasoconstrictor drops, this combination may cause overdrying of the mucous membrane. During treatment, do not use soft contact lenses.
But it is possible or not to apply oxolinic ointment to pregnant women - this is a separate question. Many women admit that they resorted to this tool both in early and late terms, and this had no effect on the child, but doctors still advise expectant mothers not to use medicine.
Oxolinic ointment: reviews
No one has conducted major international studies, and, therefore, the actual effect of this ointment has not been proven. The drug is applied only to the nasal mucosa, but the viruses can also enter the body through the mucous membrane of the larynx, trachea, bronchi, i.e. Oxolinic ointment cannot protect against viruses by 100%.
Oxolinic ointment: proper storage
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Oxolinic ointment usually has a translucent color with a white or yellow tint, with long-term storage may turn pink. But when applied to the skin, the ointment acquires a blue tint. This is due to the characteristics of the refraction of light.
Oxolinic ointment should be stored at a temperature not exceeding 10 degrees, i.e. the best place is the fridge. Shelf life - 2 years.
And yet, no matter how good this medicine is, proceed to its use only after consulting a doctor.