Healing ointments are a great way to accelerate the healing process of several types of wounds as they help skin cells recover faster, making them a good choice for treating wounds caused by surgeries, traumas or burns.
Normally, the use of this type of ointment also helps prevent infections, as they prevent the proliferation of microorganisms, close the skin more quickly, reduce pain and prevent the formation of ugly scars.
However, ointments should only be used under the guidance of a doctor or nurse, because some have substances such as antibiotics or anti-inflammatory proprieties that should not be used in all types of wounds, because they can worsen the wound.
Main types of healing ointments
There are many types of ointments that help the healing process, prevent infection, accelerate epithelialization and regeneration, or relieve itching and discomfort. Some of the most used, according to the type of wound, include:
- After surgery: Nebacetin, Kelo-cote gel;
- C-section: Cicalfate, Kelo-cote gel;
- Superficial cuts: Cicatrisan, Nebacetin or Bepanthol;
- Wounds on the face: Cicalfate, Bepanthol or Cicatricure;
- Tattoo: Derma Bepanthol, Nebacetin or Aloe Vera Ointments;
- Burn: Fibrase, Esperson, Dermazine or Nebacetin.
These ointments are usually sold in pharmacies, but for some of them you may need a prescription. However, it is always recommended you see a dermatologist first to assess which ointment is suitable for the problem presented.
Although adverse reactions such as redness, burning or swelling are rare after application of this type of ointment, they may occur and in such cases it is recommended to wash the area immediately in order to remove the product and seek medical advice.
When not to use
In most cases, healing ointments sold without a prescription at the pharmacy can be used without any counter-indication. However, pregnant or lactating women, people with a history of allergies and sensitive skin, and children should always see a doctor first.
How to make a healing ointment
A great homemade healing ointment can be made with a plant called tapeworm because it has excellent healing and anti-inflammatory properties helping in the healing process, while reducing pain.
This healing ointment is indicated for treating various skin problems, such as closed wounds, ulcers, varicose veins and even hemorrhoids.
- 2 tablespoons of dried tapeworm leaves;
- 100 ml mineral oil;
- 30 ml de liquid paraffin.
Put the dried leaves in a saucepan and cover with mineral oil. Turn the heat low and boil for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Then strain and mix this oil with the same amount of liquid paraffin until a homogeneous mixture is formed. Pour into a glass container and keep it tightly covered.
To apply the ointment, you should wash the area with soap and water, dry and then pass some of the herb-ointment, gently with circular movements.