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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | December 2020

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Zinc oxide and ichthammol

Zinc oxide and ichthammol
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Article topics: Bandages, Products, Wound care products

Viscopaste and Ichthopaste bandages have been available in the wound care dressings market since the 1950s and 1930s respectively and are widely used within their clinical indications, primarily in lower limb management to treat leg ulcerations and the skin conditions associated with a leg ulcer. The products are commonly used within dermatology to manage chronic lichenified (thick and leathery) skin conditions, such as atopic eczema and dermatitis. Recently, Viscopaste and Ichthopaste bandages have been utilised in the management of skin conditions related to chronic oedema, for the treatment of patients with a diagnosis of red leg syndrome, which is often misdiagnosed as cellulitis  (Elwell, 2014)

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