Ichtholan® is an ointment that is used for inflammatory, purulent skin diseases.
Since the ointment is only used on the skin, Ichtholan® is also known as Dermatological agent.

There are two different forms of Ichtholan® ointment.
On the one hand there is the 10 or 20% Ichtholan® ointment, the 10 or 20% of the active ingredient Ammonium bituminosulfonate on the other hand, there is the 50% Ichtholan® ointment, which is more concentrated and can therefore be used for worse inflamed skin diseases.
Ichtholan® is pharmacy onlywhich means that Ichtholan® can only be purchased in a pharmacy, but does not need to be prescribed by a doctor.

However, it makes sense to speak to a dermatologist (dermatologist) first to find out whether Ichtholan® is the right ointment for the patient's skin disease.

Application area of ​​Ichtholan®

Ichtholan® is one ointmentthat only apply to the skin (Cutis) may be used.
Here, however, Ichtholan® can support the healing process of the skin if the skin is severely inflamed and festering.
Pus is usually caused by a Infection of the skin with bacteria.
These get deeper into the patient's tissues through a small tear in the skin and then produce waste, which we call pus perceive.

It often happens that the pus is located under the skin and does not reach the surface. This is very uncomfortable for the patient because it leads to pain and a strong feeling of pressure.
Also, the inflammation can spread and then for more symptoms like fever, a headache and Exhaustion to lead. To avoid this, the Ichtholan® ointment helps to transport the pus to the surface.

Ichtholan® is used, for example, in a so-called Furunkeln applied. This is a purulent inflammation of a hair that has its roots deep in the skin.
The hair roots can become inflamed by bacteria and then painful pus formation occurs.
With the help of Ichtholan® there is a faster and more effective healing this boil.

Even with one abscess, i.e. an accumulation of pus under the skin in a cavity that the pus has created, Ichtholan® can support the healing process.

Thanks to its anti-bacterial (antibacterial) effect, Ichtholan® also ensures that the inflammation does not spread any further.
However, it is important that Ichtholan® is applied as an ointment to the correspondingly inflamed area of ​​skin and then with a Bandage wrapped around becomes.
Here it is very important that the patient is absolutely clean (sterile) is working.

This means that the skin should be washed off carefully beforehand and only then should Ichtholan®, ideally with disposable gloves, be applied.
Then the bandage should also be wrapped around the area with disposable gloves and it should never get dirty or wet.

This is the only way to avoid the effect of Ichtholan® being reduced by an unclean bandage.

Ingredients of Ichtholan®

The ointment Ichtholan® contains in addition to Ammonium bituminosulfonate, which is the active ingredient, also yellow petrolatum, i.e. pure fat, purified water and wool wax.
The actual effect of Ichtholan® is based on the ingredient ammonium bituminosulfonate, which is one of the so-called sulfonated Heard of shale oils.

The ingredient works against bacteria (antibacterial) and inhibits inflammation in the skin.
In addition, the active ingredient ensures that the pus reaches the surface of the skin more quickly and thus the feeling of pressure and pain in the skin disappears more quickly.

Dosage of Ichtholan®

Ichtholan® is available in three different dosages.
There are 10 percent, 20 percent and 50 percent ointments. How often the ointment should be applied to the skin depends on how far the inflammation has progressed.
Since this cannot be assessed by a layperson, it is important to consult a dermatologist so that he can exact dosage of Ichtholan® can adapt to the severity of the disease.

In general, however, the 20 percent ointment used by applying it thickly to the affected area of ​​inflamed skin and then covering it with a bandage.
It is important that the bandage is very clean and that it is changed daily becomes. Usually the patient has to apply the Ichtholan® ointment for 3 days in a row in order to achieve a successful treatment.

Restrictions on the use of Ichtholan®

There are several reasons why a patient should not use Ichtholan® ointment.
On the one hand, all patients who are known to have been against the active substances ammonium and / or sodium bituminosulfonate must react allergicrefrain from using Ichtholan® as this can lead to allergic reactions.

Also pregnant patients or patients who are breastfeeding their child are not allowed to use Ichtholan® as it is not clear whether the ointment could affect the child.
The use of Ichtholan® at Children must be discussed with a dermatologist and should not be done without prior consultation, as the dosages in children can be different. It is also important that Ichtholan® not on mucous membranes, such as in the mouth. Contact with the eyes should also be avoided.

Side effects of Ichtholan®

Like any medicine, Ichtholan® can also have side effects.
That is why it is important to speak to one beforehand doctor to discuss whether Ichtholan® is suitable for the treatment of the skin disease or whether the doctor recommends another medication.
In rare cases, which means in less than 1 in 1,000 but more than 1 in 10,000 patients, a patient may not tolerate Ichtholan® and thus cannot tolerate it Intolerance reactions can be seen on the skin.

These intolerance reactions express themselves differently in each patient and can also be differently pronounced.

However, it can happen that the Skin itches or burns, on the areas that were creamed with Ichtholan®.
In addition, the skin can become red and painful.
In this case it is important to remove Ichtholan® from the skin immediately, preferably with lukewarm water and to consult a dermatologist immediately.

Although the intolerance reaction will usually not have any further effects, it is still important that the patient see a doctor to avoid an allergic reaction and to find a new therapy for the skin disease that actually exists before.

Furthermore, as soon as the patient notices symptoms that were not present before the use of Ichtholan®, they should consult a doctor, as the patient could experience side effects that are not listed in the package insert.

In general, however, Ichtholan® is a very few side effects Medication, which is why it does not require a prescription but only requires a pharmacy.