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SimpleHow to use ointment

simpleHow to use ointment

Ointments are applied directly to the skin to obtain their medicinal effects.What is oral medicine?It will be a different form of medicine. anti-itchand moisturizingThere are many drugs available, including painkillers, and they are easy to use, but if they are not used correctly, they will not be effective. This time, I will introduce how to use such ointment.

Type of ointment

There are various types of ointments such as ointments, creams, and lotions. Each type has its own characteristics, so the doctor will check the patient's affected area and select the most suitable ointment for the patient's current condition.




Affected area suitable for use


・High moisturizing power ・Can protect the skin



・Can be used on affected areas in any condition


・Good elongation

・Feels smooth to use, but easily falls off due to sweat or friction

stronger than ointment

Bettahard to reach

・Dry affected area

・Not suitable for wounds or swollen affected areas


・Liquid, smooth and spreads easily

stronger than ointment

bettahard to reach

・Scalp where ointments and creams are difficult to apply

・Not suitable for wounds or swollen affected areas 

How to apply

There are two ways to apply ointment: "spray" and "rubThere are two types, and they are used depending on the medicine.

Application: Just gently spread and apply (do not rub) → Topical steroids (anti-itching), etc.

Rub: Rub in while applying → Moisturizer, anti-inflammatory analgesic (pain reliever), etc.

Order of painting

If you have been prescribed multiple ointments, apply them in the order prescribed by your doctor. If there are no specific instructions, generally paint from the side that has the largest area. Apply medicines such as moisturizers that are applied evenly over a wide area first, and medicines that need to be applied in specific areas, such as steroids and antibiotics, later to avoid spreading them to unnecessary areas. However, the order may vary depending on the type of ointment, cream, etc., so if you are unsure, please consult your doctor.pharmacistPlease ask.

Storage method

Some ointments are affected by light and temperature, so when storing them, avoid direct sunlight and high temperatures. Generally, they are stored at room temperature (1-30°C), but some medicines are stored in a cold place (1-15°C, depending on the drug, there is a separate specification), so care must be taken. If storing in a cold place, avoid freezing. Also, avoid using ointments that have melted in high-temperature environments (such as inside a car in the summer), as they are not guaranteed to be effective as medicine.

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