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Savlon Antiseptic Cream
Member Name: northernlovely
Savlon Antiseptic Cream
Advantages: Price, effectiveness
Disadvantages: Slightly greasy
**What is it?**
Most people have Savlon in the house, it's an all round antiseptic cream suitable for rashes, burns, cuts and any minor skin disorder. We (a family of three including the toddler) have it in our first aid box and it lasts well.
**Price and Availability**
Savlon Antiseptic Cream is available from the vast majority of chemists and a small 30g tube will set you back around £1.90. You can also buy it in most supermarkets and discount type stores such as Home Bargains or Wilkinsons. It's widely available, but if you can't get it on the high street it's easily found online too for around the same price though a P&P charge may apply.
Savlon Antiseptic Cream comes boxed and in a plastic tube. It has a ridged white screw cap, and the box and tube itself are a sky blue colour with pretty simple design, which looks appropriately medical. It's very easy to find on the shelves.
There are many uses for Savlon Antiseptic Cream, usually it's used for minor burns and scalds, minor skin irritations, and so on. When my little girl was teething and had bad nappy rash my health visitor advised switching from Sudocrem (which is a barrier) to Savlon Antiseptic Cream for a week, as this is much better at treating the rash once it's there, rather than preventing it.
There is no real smell to Savlon Antiseptic Cream apart from a light medicated smell but it's only ever so subtle, and can't really be detected once it's been rubbed into the skin. The cream itself is very thick and squeezes out in a line of cream which needs to be worked into the skin. It can feel a bit greasy but it soaks in well and unlike Sudocrem, doesn't leave a white sheen on the skin though it does leave a slightly shiny and ever so slightly sticky finish to it.
You can either apply it as is or you can apply it under a bandage or plaster for minor skin problems.
For me, it's always worthwhile having a tube of Savlon Antiseptic Cream in the house, it's used for cooking burns to the skin, occasional nappy rash treatment, on grazes, mild rashes and even on spots. We might only use a tube every six months or more but for the times we need it, it's always handy to have in, and I highly recommend it as it's reasonably priced, long lasting and effective.
Summary: A great antiseptic cream
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