Zinc oxide is valuable for its antiseptic property. It is a mild astringent that is administered topically (on the skin). It acts as a barrier to protect the skin from further irritation. Zinc oxide cream is usually prescribed for diaper rash, mild cases of contact dermatitis and as an emergency measure for skin irritations that include scrapes, cuts or burns. Mild concentrations (15%) are given for preventive measures. Higher concentrations (up to 40%) are used to treat the irritation, as it contains absorptive qualities to improve skin hydration. This topical ointment should be reapplied 2 or more times a day on clean skin until redness disappears. While it can be given over the counter, it would be best to see your doctor first. He or she may prescribe other topical solutions to be used with this ointment to speed up the healing process. Please discontinue the use of the ointment if you notice any possible allergic reactions.
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