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topical emollients

topical emollients

Pronunciation: TOP i kal ee MOL i ents

Brand: Aloe Vesta Cream, AlphaSoft, AmeriPhor, Aqua Glycolic, Aqua Lube, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Baby Lotion, Baby Oil, Bag Balm, Baza-Pro, Beta Care, Blistex Lip Balm, Carmex, CarraKlenz, CeraVe, CeraVe AM, Cetaphil Lotion, Chap Stick, Citraderm, CoolBottoms, Corn Huskers Lotion, Curel Moisture Lotion, Derma Soothe, Dr Scholl's Essentials Cracked Skin Repair, Eucerin, Herpecin-L, K-Y Jelly, Keri Lotion, Lamisilk Heel Balm, Lubri-Soft, Lubriderm, Mederma, Moisturel, Natural Ice, NeutrapHor, NeutrapHorus Rex, Neutrogena Cleansing, Neutrogena Lotion, Nivea, Nutraderm, Pacquin, Phisoderm, Pretty Feet & Hands, Proshield Skincare Kit, Remedy 4-in-1 Cleansing Lotion, Replens, Secura, Sensi-Care, Soft Sense, St. Ives, Theraplex Lotion, Vaseline Intensive Care

What is the most important information I should know about topical emollients?

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You should not use a topical emollient if you are allergic to it. Topical emollients will not treat or prevent a skin infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist before using this medication if you have deep wounds or open sores, swelling, warmth, redness, oozing, bleeding, large areas of skin irritation, or any type of allergy.

What are topical emollients?

Emollients are substances that moisten and soften your skin.

Topical (for the skin) emollients are used to treat or prevent dry skin. Topical emollients are sometimes contained in products that also treat acne, chapped lips, diaper rash, cold sores, or other minor skin irritation.

There are many brands and forms of topical emollients available and not all are listed on this leaflet.

Topical emollients may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using topical emollients?

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You should not use a topical emollient if you are allergic to it. Topical emollients will not treat or prevent a skin infection.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have:

  • deep wounds or open sores;
  • swelling, warmth, redness, oozing, or bleeding;
  • large areas of skin irritation;
  • any type of allergy; or
  • if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How should I use topical emollients?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Clean the skin where you will apply the topical emollient. It may help to apply this product when your skin is wet or damp. Follow directions on the product label.

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Shake the product container if recommended on the label.

Apply a small amount of topical emollient to the affected area and rub in gently.

If you are using a stick, pad, or soap form of topical emollient, follow directions for use on the product label.

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Do not use this product over large area of skin. Do not apply a topical emollient to a deep puncture wound or severe burn without medical advice.

If your skin appears white or gray and feels soggy, you may be applying too much topical emollient or using it too often.

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Some forms of topical emollient may be flammable and should not be used near high heat or open flame, or applied while you are smoking.

Store as directed away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle, tube, or other container tightly closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this product is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Seek medical advice if your condition does not improve after using a topical emollient.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking topical emollients?

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Avoid getting topical emollients in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If this does happen, rinse with water.

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Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Some topical emollients can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight or UV rays.

What are the possible side effects of topical emollients?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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Stop using the topical emollient and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or irritation where the product was applied.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect topical emollients?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied products. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about topical emollients.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last modified on: 2 April 2014


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