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Boudreaux's Butt Paste Side Effects

Itching, dark discoloration of the skin, and stinging are some of the effects that may occur with zinc oxide products such as Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Problems are unlikely to occur if the ointment is used as intended (applied to the skin). Serious side effects with Boudreaux's Butt Paste may occur if the product is taken by mouth.

An Introduction to Boudreaux's Butt Paste Side Effects

Boudreaux's Butt Paste® is unlikely to cause side effects. Even if problems do occur, they are usually easily treated by you or your child's healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Boudreaux's Butt Paste. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)
 

Possible Side Effects With Boudreaux's Butt Paste

Recognized side effects of zinc oxide skin products (such as Boudreaux's Butt Paste) include:
 
  • Sensitivity to the sun (although this is obviously unlikely to be a problem when the product is used for diaper rash)
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Dark discoloration of the skin.
     

Serious Side Effects

Boudreaux's Butt Paste could potentially cause allergic reactions. Signs of such reactions might include:
 
  • An unexplained rash
  • Hives
  • Severe itching
  • Swelling of the mouth or throat
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
     
Serious problems might be more likely to occur if Boudreaux's Butt Paste is accidentally taken by mouth (as might occur with a young child or a pet). Taking any kind of ointment by mouth may cause pneumonia if the ointment is inhaled into the lungs. Additionally, consuming a large amount of Boudreaux's Butt Paste could cause zinc toxicity. Signs of zinc toxicity include:
 
  • A copper deficiency
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Coughing
  • Kidney problems
  • Lethargy
  • Fatigue
  • Chills and a fever
  • Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
  • Cough
  • Mouth and throat irritation.
     
Lastly, there is some evidence that Peruvian balsam (one of the ingredients in Boudreaux's Butt Paste) could potentially cause kidney damage. Although this is probably most likely to occur if Peruvian balsam is taken by mouth, it is possible that extensive skin use of large amounts (probably far greater than would ever be used for diaper rash) might also cause this problem.
 
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