What is Epaderm ointment and when is it used?
Epaderm ointment is a moisturiser that contains a mixture of yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin and emulsifying wax. Dry skin results from lack of water in the outer layer of skin cells known as stratum corneum.
When this layer becomes dehydrated it loses its flexibility and becomes cracked, scaly and sometimes itchy. Epaderm attempts to bring back the moisture in the affected areas and stop any unwanted pain or urge to itch.
How will it treat my symptoms
The skin dries out when too much water evaporates from its surface, regular use of this emollient will relieve the symptoms of dry skin and help provide a protective barrier.
Developed by dermatologists, this treatment can help with the management of general dry skin and also dry skin conditions.
Can I buy Epaderm Over the Counter?
You can buy certain pack sizes and doses over the counter in the UK. You don’t need a prescription to buy this dose, but a pharmacist will need to ensure the treatment is suitable and safe for you.
What causes Eczema and Psoriasis?
Eczema is likely to be caused by a combination of things. People with this condition often have very dry skin because their skin is unable to retain much moisture. This dryness may make the skin more likely to react to certain triggers, causing it to become red and itchy.
Psoriasis occurs when skin cells are replaced more quickly than usual. It’s not known exactly why this happens, but research suggests it’s caused by a problem with the immune system.
Neither eczema or psoriasis can be cured completely, and only the effects can be reduced using treatments such as Epaderm.
Can I use this treatment on my face?
This product is not suitable for use on your face. If you're experiencing dry skin or flare-ups of a condition like eczema or psoriasis on your face we recommend asking your doctor or pharmacist to recommend a more suitable treatment for you.
Does Epaderm cause any side effects?
Epaderm cream and ointment are generally well tolerated and side effects are very rare when it is applied sparingly, no more than twice a day. If you experience any signs of allergic reactions, such as burning, itching or redness of the skin after applying the cream, stop using and contact your doctor.
Before applying Epaderm you should always wash. A good skin care routine would have you wash the targeted areas twice. Once in the morning, and once in the evening (before bed). Apply after you’ve rinsed, before your skin completely dries.
Spread the ointment around. Using the first two fingers of each hand, spread upwards and outwards. Use a swirling motion to blend the moisturiser into your skin.
How should I store this cream?
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not use it after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the base of the tube. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not store above 30 degrees.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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