Ichthammol | definition of ichthammol by Medical dictionary
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an ammoniated coal tar product, used in ointment form for certain skin diseases.
A viscous fluid, reddish brown to brownish black, with a strong, characteristic, empyreumatic odor, soluble in water and in glycerin; obtained by the destructive distillation of certain bituminous schists, sulfonating the distillate and neutralizing the product with ammonia. It is used in skin disorders; its beneficial effect is due to its mild irritant, stimulant, antiseptic, and analgesic action; used in 10-20% concentrations in an ointment ("drawing salve").
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(10) Glycerin and ichthammol
, a compound used for many years by otolaryngologists to treat otitis externa, was also found to be acidic.
COUNTRYSIDE: Try Ichthammol
Current orthodox medical treatment includes topical applications of corticosteroidal creams, salicylic acid/urea preparations, glycerol, paraffin, coal tar and/or ichthammol
to ease the symptoms; and oral ingestion of immunomodifiers (cyclosporins) and antimetabolites (methotrexate).
It was hypothesised that dung, ashes, hair or sand all act as a haemostatic dressings, drawing the infection outward in the way that ichthammol