ichthammol

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ichthammol

 [ik´tham-ol]
an ammoniated coal tar product, used in ointment form for certain skin diseases.

ich·tham·mol

(ik'tham-mol),
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").

ichthammol

an ammoniated coal tar product, used as an ointment in the treatment of acute, septic lesions such as cellulitis and abscesses.