Zinc Oxide Ointment Information
Zinc oxide is a chemical compound that has a variety of uses. For example, it helps:
- Protect the skin from irritants (such as in diaper rash creams)
- Dry the weeping and oozing of minor skin irritations (such as in calamine lotion)
- Soothe minor skin irritations
- Protect the skin from sun damage (when used in sunscreens).
Zinc oxide comes in many forms, including oral tablets, skin cream, ointment, or paste. Vusion® ointment, a diaper rash treatment, is the only type that requires a prescription. If your healthcare provider has prescribed this product for your child, review the safety information on zinc oxide ointment prior to beginning treatment so that you are aware of all the risks. This includes possible side effects, such as skin irritation.
(Click Zinc Oxide for more information on using this ointment. This article also describes what the other forms of zinc oxide are used for.)