Triple Paste Side Effects
Burning or stinging, itching, and dark discoloration of the skin are some of the side effects that have been reported with zinc oxide skin products such as Triple Paste. Side effects (if they do occur) are often mild and can be treated easily. Serious side effects may occur with Triple Paste if the product is taken by mouth.
An Introduction to Triple Paste Side Effects
Triple Paste® Medicated Ointment 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 Triple Paste. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Triple Paste side effects with you.)
Possible Side Effects of Triple Paste
Recognized side effects of zinc oxide skin products (such as Triple Paste) include:
- Burning or stinging
- Dark discoloration of the skin, especially if zinc oxide is applied to broken skin for extended periods.
Serious Side Effects Seen With Triple Paste
Triple Paste could potentially cause allergic reactions. Signs of such reactions might include:
- An unexplained rash or hives
- Severe itching
- Swelling of the mouth or throat
- Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
Serious reactions might be more likely to occur if Triple Paste is accidentally taken by mouth, which could occur with a young child or a pet. Taking any kind of ointment by mouth can cause pneumonia if the ointment is inhaled into the lungs. In addition, consuming a large amount of Triple Paste could theoretically cause zinc toxicity, although, practically speaking, this is unlikely to occur.
Signs and symptoms of zinc toxicity include:
- A copper deficiency, which could result in fatigue or abnormal blood test results (anemia or low white blood cells)
- Watery diarrhea
- Kidney problems, such as dramatic changes in urine production, blood in the urine, rapid fluid retention, and unusual itching
- Chills and a fever
- Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)
- Mouth and throat irritation.