Healing ointments are a great way to speed up the healing process of various types of wounds, as they help skin cells to recover more quickly, being a good option to treat wounds caused by surgery, blows or burns, for example.
Usually, the use of this type of ointment also helps to prevent infections, as they prevent the proliferation of microorganisms, close the skin more quickly, reduce pain and prevent the formation of ugly scars.
However, ointments should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or nurse, because some have substances, such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatories, which should not be used on all types of wounds and, therefore, can worsen the wound if are misused.
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Main types of healing ointments
There are many types of ointments that help in the healing process, by preventing an infection, accelerating epithelialization and regeneration, or by relieving itching and discomfort. Some of the most used ones, according to the type of wound, include:
- After surgery: Nebacetin, Kelo-cote;
- Cesarean section: Cicalfate, Kelo-cote;
- Superficial cuts: Reclus, Cicatrizan, Nebacetin or Bepantol;
- Wounds on the face: Cicalfate, Bepantol or Cicatricure;
- Tattoo: Bepantol Derma, Nebacetin or Áloe Vera Ointments;
- Burn: Fibrase, Esperson, Dermazine or Nebacetin.
These ointments are usually sold in pharmacies, and only for some it may be necessary to present a prescription, however, it is advisable to consult a dermatologist first to assess which ointment is suitable for the problem to be treated.
Although adverse reactions, such as redness, burning or swelling are rare after the application of this type of ointments, they can happen and, in such cases, it is recommended to wash the area immediately, in order to remove the product, and see a doctor.
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When not to use
In most cases, healing ointments sold without a prescription at the pharmacy can be used without any contraindications, however, pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with a history of allergies and sensitive skin and children should always consult a doctor first.
Making homemade healing ointment
An option of homemade healing ointment can be made with a plant called herb-of-beast, as it has excellent healing and anti-inflammatory properties that help in the healing process, while reducing pain.
This ointment is popularly used to treat various skin problems, such as closed wounds, ulcers, varicose veins and even hemorrhoids, but there is no scientific evidence of the effectiveness of this home remedy for treatment. See how to prepare an ointment with herb.
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