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1. a fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect
2. a similar substance used as a cosmetic



a medication for external use consisting of a base like lanolin or vaseline and a medically active substance.

If the base of an ointment contains more than 25 percent dry powder, the result is paste. Liquid ointments are called liniments. The medical substances in ointments are absorbed by the skin and can exert both a local and a general effect on the body. Ointments containing irritants can produce a systemic effect by reflex reaction.

What does it mean when you dream about ointment?

Ointment in a dream may symbolize the need for a salve to soothe or heal a condition in the dreamer’s life.


A semisolid preparation used for a protective and emollient effect or as a vehicle for the local or endermic administration of medicaments; ointment bases are composed of various mixtures of fats, waxes, animal and vegetable oils, and solid and liquid hydrocarbons.
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These ointments can be considered a promising adjuvant therapy for allergic rhinitis.
Conclusion: Self-medication and prolonged use of potent steroid ointments are major contributors in development of iatrogenic Cushing's Syndrome in infants and children.
26), but after treatment all three factors, erythema, scaling and thickness, were significantly lower where the active ointment had been applied (P = 0.
The study's authors urged more study in both the United States and Japan to gauge the susceptibility of MRSA strains to antibiotic ointments and how use of such ointments might be leading to the emergence of drug-resistant MRSA strains.
In mild cases moisturizing ointments are preferable to creams.
It also makes the ointment light when applied to the skin, and promises lasting protection.
This time we are curing patients by putting chickpea ointment on their affected areas.
Without any restrictions on the medical properties of ointments and cures, and together with the ease of manufacture of transfer printed pots on which the claims could be stated, the growth of the quack cure exploded.
Ointments and antiseptics account for most first aid treatment sales, about $397 million, up 2.
Pregnant and lactating women may be treated with ophthalmic solutions or ointments short term at standard dosages, because clinically insignificant amounts are absorbed into the maternal and fetal circulation.
Apart from 'magic' herbs, the ointments contained weird ingredients such as the fat of wolves and cats, bats' blood, frogs' toe, etc.
Lysine supplements and topical ointments are available at pharmacies and health-food stores.