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When my eldest son had chicken pox a couple of years ago, Care Aqueous Calamine Cream was the product I used to help relieve his symptoms. This is a white cream that is very similar to sudocream cream. This wasn't a cure to the chicken pox, but it was meant to relieve the itching and it did the job quite well. Chicken pox is one of the most annoying illnesses, and it is quite heart-breaking to see your child with it as they become incredibly frustrated and uncomfortable with it, but it is really important not to scratch at the spots as this can lead to permanent scarring. Before using this product, my son was tearing his hair out, and although this cream didn't stop the itching, it did provide some much needed relief from the itching to make him more comfortable.
This says to me that the product works and I now keep a pot of this cream in my medicine cupboard as it also has other uses too. You can also use this cream on stings, bites and other minor skin complaints to help relieve the problem. The cream is really thick and doesn't absorb into the skin very well so whilst wearing this cream, you are left with lots of white patches over your body.
A 100g pot of this cream cost me £1.99 from my local pharmacy. I'm sure this is the price I paid when I first brought it for the chicken pox relief. We used most of the pot that week on the chicken pox, so I purchased another pot when the first one ran out so I don't believe the price has gone up in the last couple of years. Generally unless you are using it for something specific, the pot will last ages as you only use it occasionally when the need arises.
This is a good, cheap cream that can help to provide relief from chicken pox itching, as well as from bites and stings. For the price, it is certainly something that is worth keeping in the cupboard for those 'just in case' moments and so it comes with a thumbs up from me.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from my youngest daughters school, the receptionist asked me if I could come and collect my daughter as she had been feeling unwell and had come out in spots, which they suspected to be chicken pox. I picked her straight up from school and took her to a local NHS drop in centre were the nurse confirmed my daughter did indeed have chicken Pox. She gave me plenty of advice, she recommended good old Calpol to soothe the fever and to help alleviate the itching some Calamine cream.
After speaking to the nurse at the Drop in Centre we popped into the Lloyds chemist located next door and the pharmacist recommended this Care Aqueous Calamine Cream, priced at £2.15 for a 100g tube. I must admit, I did find this to be rather pricy especially considering I could pick up a 200ml bottle of calamine lotion for under a pound in my local Asda, however the pharmacist told me that they no longer recommended the use of the lotion as the cream was apparently more effective and gave longer lasting relief. To be honest I wasn't really in the position to shop around for the best deal anyways, as I wanted to get my poorly daughter home.
The Aqueous Calomine Cream came presented in a cardboard tube which I quickly disposed of in the recycling bin. It did contain lots of relevent information, but nothing that wasnt repeated on the plastic tube inside. The tube is clinical in appearance with a white and orange design, the brand and product name are clearly displayed on the front along with the fact that it "relieves mild sunburn. & other minor skin conditions".
General information is given on the back including ingredients, warnings and directions for use. The manufactured and expiry date are given on the bottom, my particular tube was manufactured in June 2013 and has an expiry date of June 2015. The cream is suitable for adults, the elderly and children. It has the following active ingredients: calamine 4% w/w, Zinc oxide 3% w/w.
The cream itself is white in colour and of a nice consistency, being neither to runny or too thick. I found only a small amount needed to be applied to my daughters skin. It rubbed in well and was easily absorbed, leaving no sticky after residues behind. The cream dried colourless, unlike the lotion which leaves the pinkish residues behind. The cream certainly help to relieve the itchy feeling caused by the chicken pox however it was short lived and after an hour she would begin to feel uncomfortable again. The tube states it can be applied "as required" and so found we applied it quite regularly as and when needed. Within a few days of the chicken pox rash appearing my daughters symptoms began fading and thankfully she began to feel much better.
There was absolutely no fragrance to the cream, not which either my or daughter or I could detect anyways.
My daughters chicken pox have all cleared up how and she is back at school. We used around half the tube and so I have put the remainder in our medicine box, it may come in handy for treating any minor skin conditions in the future.
I highly recommend Cares Aqueous Calamine Cream to help soothe the itchiness caused by the chicken pox.
Aqueous cream in it's "pure" form can be found in most chemists. In fact most large supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda and Boots even do their own brand of the cream. The reason my family and I chose this version over others is the fact that it has the extra added benefit of calamine, long known for it's cooling effect. This particular cream is made by Care and is called their Aqueous calamine cream B.P. and comes in a large 100ml sized tub.
Calamine lotion (part of the ingredients of this cream) is something I recall from being a kid. I associate it with hot summers in Dublin (there's not many of them believe me). I always hated the smell of the stuff but loved how cooling it was on my skin. Any time my pale Irish skin would even be introduced to the sun it would become a lovely shade of lobster pink. And as a child I would run around with my shirt off and of course absolutely no sunscreen protection, it wasn't pushed as much as it is nowadays. And parents didn't seem to use it as often, if at all. Every one used it on holidays but at home, not so much. So once my shoulders were about to spontaneously combust I'd scurry in doors crying that my arm tops were stinging (that's what I called my shoulders by the way). My mother would tell me off for having my shirt off in the sun but I couldn't hear a word she was saying as a result of the pure bliss of the ice cold location being gently applied to my skin.
Fast forward twenty years and the sensation was anything but bliss. After the death of a very young member of my family and my immune system was nonexistent. I was very rundown and during times like these the underlying pox virus can rear it's ugly head. I had chicken pocks at the age of eleven and had a relatively easy time with them, but they got their revenge as they returned with a vengeance in the form of their much uglier, more vicious brother, The Shingles. This happened Christmas week, I had a small, very hot, square patch of blister like bumps on my lower back and was quickly diagnosed with the dreaded S word. Soon enough a ring of these blisters started to form around my lower quadrant (trunk) the pain was excruciating. Having clothing just touching them would make me yell out in pain along with the blisters there is a heavy ace in the area. I was heavily medicated with pain killers but my mother had to go and purchase a few tubs of an updated version of an old friend. For the first time in years we had calamine back back in the house ( well it's updated version anyway) and I was about to be covered in it almost head too toe.
The 100ml tubs come in a stocky tub with a pull off removable lid just like the E45 cream tubs. It has a brightly coloured label that warps around the tub the majority of which is taken up by the products name and logo, but there are some simple and straight forward instructions and guidelines as well.
The lotion / cream ( I refer to it this way because it reminds me of the lotion as it's not really the same consistency as a moisturiser, it still has some aspects of the original lotion although this has a more tacky, sticky element to it rather than the completely looses lotion) It has a milder pale pink colour and thankfully is just as amazingly cooling as it had been twenty years earlier plus with the moisturising ingredients it's not as drying. My mother applied it using cotton wool balls the lotion is thick enough but does tend to drip in globs if you take up too much so you will need to be careful as you don't want pink stains everywhere and they are hard to wash out. Upon application it is fantastically comforting it creates a mottled like appearance when it drys. This seals the irritation behind the cooling barrier. The smell of the product is still something I rather hate it just isn't to my liking less strong than the original lotion but still reminiscent but some may like it. This cream can of course be used for other skin problems that have an itchiness to them, such as eczema, certain forms of dermatitis, sunburn of course and chickenpox.
As I mentioned above I was on pain killers while using this cream. I am under no illusion that this cream has pain killing powers, it hasn't. It just soothes the skin and takes the edge of the itch and in the case of The Shingles it created a barrier between my skin and my clothes. This at least gave me the chance to wear a shirt during the weeks I had the condition as walking around topless in the middle of December wouldn't have been enjoyable for me or my family as they tried to have Christmas dinner. Could you imagine?
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I suffer from very sensitive skin and when the weather is cold or harsh, like it has been for the past few months really, I find that my eczema will flare up badly on my feet & ankles and I end up feeling very self conscious about it and worrying about getting it back under control before the Summer hits again and I am baring skin!
I purchased this aqueous cream from my local Lloyds Pharmacy a few months back with a 100ml pot costing £1.45 roughly I believe, however, it appears that this price is now £1.55 which is still very reasonable for this type of product. I have purchased larger pots in the past and found them to last me in excess of 6 months with very regular usage so I was confident that this would last me over the coldest months that were coming up, and it has!
This light pink coloured cream comes in a white tub with a snap off opening for the lid. This packaging is very basic but it shows all the information that it needs to. The label can be removed at one corner to see the further instructions.
This cream has added calamine with it, which is probably what gives it a lighter tinge of pink rather than the standard white colour. I do not find that the added calamine makes much difference to how soothed my skin felt as this works quite well at soothing my skin anyway. There is not really any strong scent to this cream and it just smells clean and fresh really, like a normal cream kind of scent. This cream is thick and is even throughout. I tend to use this cream after I have had a bath as my skin is already clean and then I can slather on a reasonable layer, pop some cotton socks on and head off to bed. From time to time I may scratch my skin in my sleep, or just as I am nodding off, and the skin is definitely softer but it does sting if this goes straight on to a raw patch that I may have scratched the night before.
Overall I would say that I am pleased with the results that I get from using this cream. I am able to use it on my elbows if they become dry and I mainly use it for my ankles/feet during Winter. The cream is easy to apply and as long as I was my hands well afterwards there is no greasy film left behind on my hands. My skin was left softer & more supple where the eczema is and this meant that if I did end up scratching my foot or feet in the night that the damage caused was not as bad as I possibly wasn't scratching as hard. the cream works very well for me and for this reason I am rating it 5/5 stars.
Care Aqueous Calamine Cream
My little one managed to catch chicken pox from her preschool friends only a week before our holiday! Although she felt fine within herself, the spots were itching her like mad so we went and bought come Aqueous Calamine Cream from Tesco Pharmacy for the very low price of £1.50 for a 100ml tub.
This cream is recommended for relief of such things as mild sunburn and other minor skin conditions including mild eczema and chicken pox.
The cream itself is a light pink in colour with a delicate scent that reminds me of baby lotion. It is an average thickness, though does run when you drop the tub so do be careful as getting this out of the carpet is a nightmare!
When applying the cream, you will find that it is rather sticky, though as it has a moisturiser base to it, it is able to be rubbed gently into the skin, not only helping with the chicken pox or other condition, but also moisturising the skin too. All children react differently to chicken pox, though my nephew had it a couple of years ago and my sister-in-law used aqueous lotion rather than the cream and my nephews skin has been quite dry ever since, whereas before he had chicken pox his skin was as smooth as a babies. Our little ones skin has actually improved with the use of this cream. Her skin certainly feels smoother and the chicken pox seemed to heal much quicker (apart from the scratched ones where we could not apply cream as you must only apply it to unbroken skin). It seemed to help her itching too, and did not suffer as much as my nephew. Instead of applying it only when my little one said she was itching, we applied it a few times a day which seemed to keep the itching at bay. She even had spots on her head which, due to having hair on her head, we could not treat well, though we decided to try anyway on one particular itchy day and managed to get the cream on most of her head. Her hair did need a couple of good washes afterwards though, as it made it rather greasy to the touch!
The only real problem we came across is that the actual motion of putting the cream on my little ones spots. She got quite upset when we did this, even when we said it would help her. It seemed to hurt her a little bit, though I believe this was more to do with the feel of the spots rather than the cream reacting at all.
I have been told by some people that you should not put this cream on the face, though there is no warning for this on the tub, only that it should be used externally. We put it on our little ones forehead and cheeks and it worked as well as it did elsewhere on her body.
I fully recommend this cream opposed to the lotion for chicken pox.
At the end of July my daughter caught chickenpox from a sibling of one of her schoolmates. The schoolmate's mum rushed right round with Piriton, colouring books, pens and a tub of this cream. I was quite happy that Olivia had finally contracted it as she had hit the age of five without catching it and I wanted it out of the way, but I was very grateful for the mother's reaction as it meant I didn't have to potentially infect any other children or vulnerable adults by going out to get my own supplies.
***What do you get***
A small white 100ml/110g tub with a pull off lid which costs between £1.50 and £3.00 depending on where you buy it. Inside is a pale pink, delicately scented, light and thin cream which is recommended for use on mild skin conditions such as eczema, sunburn and of course the itchy chicken pox spot. The cream is very easy to apply, simply dab the product on with fingers and lightly spread across the skin. The cream dries white and if applying to chickenpox spots where you tend to dab and leave it without rubbing it in, it does provide a very interesting mottled effect to the skin! It shouldn't be applied to the face or around the eyes though.
My five year old is a very independent little girl and she happily took a tub into her bedroom and applied it to her spots as and when she felt itchy. She did complain that it didn't really stop the really persistent itching and she received regular doses of Piriton to help her sleep and when it got bad during the day. For the spots that got infected I relied on my old stalwart Sudocrem instead as the calamine lotion seemed to make them worse instead. She ended up with just a few small scars in awkward places and escaped with quite a mild dose. VERDICT: helped her and me feel like we were doing something proactive but it didn't really help in the longterm with the itching-Piriton was most useful here.
Within a day of her spots crusting over and her return to school her little brother came out with his first spots. He got a much much worse dose of chickenpox than she did, he had it everywhere including his eyelids and inside his mouth. I made the attempt to douse him with the calamine lotion but applying to a ten month old is a different kettle of fish to a co-operative five year old. Calamine went everywhere. It really didn't seem to help him at all with the itching, he was scratching furiously and getting really distressed even with really regular applications. Despite him being too young according to the bottle (have to be 12 months and he was 10.5) I resorted to Piriton which allowed him to get a little bit of sleep and to stop scratching so furiously. VERDICT: absolutely no use at all and increased his distress when I dabbed it on his spots.
When I got a few insect bites in August we had a lot of the cream left; after three chickenpoxy children there was still half a tub left. I gave the cream a try as it was there and it didn't help at all. The itch was soothed for about two minutes before it returned with a vengeance. I gave it once last try on some mild sunburn and here it was actually quite effective, removing some of the burning heat and taking some of the tenderness out of the sore, red patch. VERDICT: useless on insect bites but quite soothing on mild sunburn.
We did have some other issues with the calamine cream. In the process of applying the cream and whilst it dried, clothes and other materials came in contact with the product. Some of the stains have stubbornly refused to wash out, whereas it has come easily out of other fabrics so it is worth considering wearing older clothes or some sort of protection for sofas etc when using the cream on children. Luckily all my clothes are old and I was able to make a new cover for the cloth sofa, but some of my children's t-shirts etc were unsalvageable. A lot of this was down to the ten month old who wouldn't stay still whilst the cream dried and was apt to rub against everything in his search for comfort/relief from the itching. He also needed many more cuddles than usual, as did the usually stroppy five year old.
Another negative was that if the tub was left upside down or fell onto its side you had to be very careful when re-opening it. The cream was not liquid thin, but thin enough to make its way to the top of the tub, gathering in the lid. As the lid was a pull-off one and required a tug to open we had a couple of incidents where the cream sprayed over everything. The lid itself is also not particularly child safe - in an episode of extreme sleep deprivation I left the tub within reach of my mostly recovered baby. Who promptly removed the lid and tried a handful of the very tempting looking cream. The label revealed a 'CONSULT MEDICAL ADVICE IMMEDIATELY IF SWALLOWED' warning, but according to NHS Direct it is non-toxic and as he was having no breathing problems there was no cause for concern. They thought the worst that would happen was a slight tummy upset but he was no worse for wear (unlike me who got about ten more grey hairs and knocked another two years off my life!). The lotion is apparently more of a concern however, so more care is needed with that product.
Not very effective on chickenpox other than as a possible placebo, or something to make you feel proactive and doing something about the itching. It was not helpful for other itchiness, especially not for insect bites which I get regularly during the summer. But for sunburn it did offer some relief, but so does a basic bottle of aftersun, which would have a more secure lid so children can't open it easily. A bottle like that would also be safer in a handbag or suitcase than this cream with its loose lid. I certainly don't foresee a time when I will be buying another pot. I am waiting with baited breath however for the next outbreak of chickenpox amongst my friends, so I can rush around with Piriton, colouring books and our half tub of this cream! Perhaps they will find it more useful than we did!
When my son was younger he got chicken pox as so many young children do. As soon as I knew that he had chicken pox I wanted to get some calamine lotion as I knew that was what my mum had used when I was young and had chicken pox as it has a soothing effect on the skin and helps control the itching. When I went to my local pharmacy to pick up some calamine lotion I was shown another product which was basically an aqueous cream which contained calamine lotion too. I was really pleased that they had this product on offer as I always found calamine lotion to be quite drying on my skin, but I thought it was the only option. I picked up a 100ml tub of the care calamine aqueous cream and from memory I think it cost me around £1.50 which I thought was very reasonable.
Calamine is known to treat the itching of the skin so it makes it ideal for illnesses such as chicken pox. However it is also useful for insect bites, eczema, and sunburn as it also provides a cooling sensation which will help to relieve the symptoms.
The calamine cream comes in a white tub which has a simple orange coloured label on which tells us what the product is and shows us a picture of a hand with a tear drop shaped cream going towards it. The cream is securely sealed with a plastic thin strand which goes all the way around the lid of the product. Until you remove the strand you cannot take the lid off the product. To remove the strand you simply pull it all the way around the lid until it reaches the end and then you pull it off. You can then remove the lid of the product.
When you take off the lid of the cream you see a thick pink cream. I am presuming that the pinkness comes from the calamine as calamine lotion is also pink, and usually aqueous creams are just white in appearance. You can smell the calamine in the cream but it is not overbearing at all.
To apply the cream I just used to get a bit on my fingers and dab on the spots individually initially as he didn't have many spots but as the pox progressed I used to rub a larger amount on the clusters of spots. I found that the cream really rubbed in well and it didn't dry my son skins at all, which is what the calamine lotion alone would have done. My son didn't itch his spots much at all when we used this cream along side piriton medicine which also aids itching as it is an anti histamine medicine. My son has just a couple of chicken pox scars on his back and tummy now so I think we were very lucky but I also think a lot of this was down to this soothing cream that we used.
I would definitely recommend this product for people who have chicken pox or itchy bites and things as I feel it is a great product. It really soothed my son's skin, whilst also keeping it nice and soft because of the aqueous cream in the product. It is a very reasonable price as well so it will in no way break the bank if you do buy it. 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Thank you for reading my review.
I have always had to use Aqueous cream since I was very young as I suffer from Eczema. I recently found that I had a red, itchy rash on my arm so decided to try Care Aqueous Calamine Cream as I knew that it would be gentle on my skin because of the Aqueous cream but would also help with the rash due to the Calamine.
I bought a small tub of this at my local Asda chemist. It was very cheap I remember, under two pounds for a 100ml tub.
The packaging is quite plain which I guess helps keep the cost down, there is an orange label on the front of the tub which helps me to distinguish this tub from my regular Aqueous cream. The tub came sealed with a pull off seal which was easy for me to open but some people might need help to remove this as I can imagine it would be a little bit of a fiddle for some. The tub was about three quarters of the way full. This seems like a bit of a waste of packaging really.
When I first applied the cream it felt cool and soft on my skin. You can apply it as regularly as needed. I only use a small amount at a time and apply it more often than just applying lots at the start as it can get very clogged and stay slimy on the skin. The cream helped to soothe my itch and the rash disappeared within a week. I have only used a small amount of the tub as it does last well.
I would recommend this cream to anyone due to it being so gentle on the skin. I feel that it is good value for money and has lasted well.
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I got sun burn a couple of weeks ago, not that it's been a madly hot summer or anything like that but getting wet and then sitting in the bit of sun we've had in Birmingham left me with patches of sunburn on both my shoulders. The sun burn cleared up after a couple of sore days but on one of my shoulders I was left with a proper irritating patch of itchy skin while all the peeling went on. It wasn't something I'd go to the doctors with but when I was in the chemist for another reason I thought I might as well ask for some advice because I was scratching so much I was making it dead sore and it had even started bleeding.
The phamacist looked at my shoulder and said it looked like an allergic reaction I'd had to the after sun that I had been using to soothe my sun burn..... then after she tried to sell me shedloads of mega expensive stuff she showed me a pot of this Care Aqueous Calamine Cream. It's basically calamine lotion but as a cream instead of that thin milky liquid, that sounded perfect for me because I hate the feel of calamine lotion on my skin and thought this would be better to use.
It's quite a greasy cream and I hated that straight away. Even if you rub like mad you'll NEVER get it all absorbed completely, that was ok being as I only had to use it on my shoulder but if you was buying it for someone with chicken pox or an all over rash then it might be a bit too heavy I reckon. The texture of it is very nice actually so it's a shame that it has got such a greasy feel to it. The cream is quite light and airy, it's CREAMY to rub in and I actually don't think it feels all that greasy when I scoop some up in my fingers to rub in. That's probably why it does my head in so much when I come to rub it in because it's always a bit of a surprise at the nasty greasy feel.
It does work brill though. As soon as I put a bit on my shoulder the itching quickly gets better and the cream definately makes the itchy part of my skin feel cooler and smoother. It's best to rub it in so that most of the cream is absorbed and then leave a bit sitting on top of your skin because then that gives you a kind of barrier so that the cool feeling lasts for longer.
I've got a 150g tub and I reckon that will last for my whole life because you only have to use a tiny bit each time, actually if you use too much you'll end up with madly greasy skin that even soap and water won't get off! It cost £1.49 and I think that's a MASSIVE bargain compared to the prices of the other stuff the pharmacist was trying to sell me!
If you've got itching for any reason then you should have a look at this cream, it says on the tub that there are loads of things you can use it for like exema, insect bites, stings and all sorts.
Aqueous calamine cream was recommended to me, when I went into a chemist seeking calamine lotion one day when I had a rash that the doc thought might or might not be shingles (I was lucky, it turned out it wasn't shingles which was extremely lucky as I had several pregnant friends at the time all of whom I'd been in contact with!). As the chemist said, whether it is or isn't, if it itches, then this should help, and it's a lot easier to apply than a lotion.
I'd asked for calamine lotion because that's what I remembered my mum using for rashes etc. when I was a child, but I have to say I like that this is a cream instead, because it does indeed make it much much easier to use, and there's no need for cotton wool or tissue to apply it with either. It comes in a small plastic pot with a screw top plastic lid, that's easy to take on and off regardless of whether you have clean or greasy hands.
It's quite cheap at around £1.50-1.70 for a 100ml tub depending on where you buy it, and the cream itself is, well, it's not like a regular aqueous cream which is sort of thick and creamy, and a bit greasy, it's more like a sort of mousse I suppose, sort of slightly aerated cream if that makes sense. I have to say, I don't really know why its mousse-like, unless it's purely to enable them to sell you a pot that looks like its got a lot in it when it doesn't or something.
When you rub this cream onto the skin, it is pretty greasy, and if you choose to rub it right in, it does take a while to do, but it starts to cool and stop the itching virtually the moment it touches, and unlike the calamine lotion which we used as children it doesn't leave you looking blotchy and it doesn't crust over and feel all papery either. You can leave it on the surface so it's only partly rubbed in - like you might with a barrier cream - or you can rub it right in, either way I've found works fine.
I suppose it being in a tub may not be quite as hygienic as if it were in a tube, in a pot you have to dip a finger or two in and just sort of pull a blob out, but I'd say as long as you've got clean hands it's not really a big issue. I personally prefer it being in a tub as the tub can be reused after, and I've not yet found a way to reuse tubes, they tend to sort of be a one shot deal.
Since buying this the first time, I have to own, we do tend to keep a pot in the medicine cupboard. It's one of those useful things to have around in case of sunburn, or nettle stings (we go fruit picking a lot during the summer months), and I'd rather just keep one pot of this than several different creams and lotions each designed only for one thing. I also like that it's cheap to buy of course, and it's suitable for most people to use (obviously it's a medicine, so you should read the label and not just take my word for it, but you're sensible folk, so I'm sure you'd do that anyway).
This cream was recommended to me by my pharmacist when my daughters had chicken pox as an alternative to calamine lotion as it was in his opinion easier to apply and lasted longer so didn't need applying as often, it was only £1.49 for a 100g tub of it so I gave it a try.
Although I used it for chicken pox it isn't specifically designed for it, it was designed to treat and give relief from any skin irritation and I have since used it on dry patches and sore patches of my skin with great results as it soothes the itching as soon as you apply it to the skin which it also did for my children when they had chicken pox so it stopped them scratching and scaring them selves.
It is easy to use as there is no restrictions on who can use it so it can be used from a new born through to the elderly and you just apply it to the irritated area of skin as often as you need to for instant soothing and relief from itching.
The tub it comes in is a tub rather than a tube which makes it easier to use and easier to get the last bits out of the tub so there is never any waste, the tub reseals nicely and lasts for a while so is good value for money
My only dislike about this cream is that it does feel creasy when you first apply it so may stain your clothes if you don't allow it to dry first.
Aah chicken pox. Everybody gets it and if not chances are, you will - at some point. Me and my two sisters had never experienced the joys of the chicken pox plague, up til about 6 years ago that is. At the time there was a widespread outbreak of the infection, luckily we 'quarantined' ourselves in our house, the hermits that we are. We just so happened to visit our Nan and Grandad one time who were looking after our cousin who had Chicken Pox...Great.
After awkwardly trying to shuffle out unnoticed we finally got home and hoped for the best. To my horror, I woke up the following morning to find a tiny, itchy area on my arm - nice. Of course it wasn't long before my two sisters caught the infection also. The first day was the worst, the itching was unbearable, especially when you're told not to (through scarring) - it makes it all the more tempting.
On the second day, thankfully we went to the doctors and he prescribed some medication to deal with the infection and suggested calamine lotion or cream to soothe the itching.
My dad picked up some Care Aqueous Calamine Cream from our local Lloyds pharmacy which currently costs £1.50 for a 100ml pot. The mixture is quite thick in consistency, has a bright white colour and has a rather familiar antiseptic smell. Following the directions on the label, we applied generous layers of the cream on to all the affected areas. Instantly we felt a huge relief, and since the cream had been resting in our fridge, not only did the mixture soothe away the itchiness, it cooled the skin down significantly.
After about 2 weeks the rashy areas scabbed and cleared up with the help of the prescribed medication, but the experience would have been a whole lot more unbearable had we not the pot of calamine cream. To this day we always keep a supply in the house whether its lotion or cream, should my mum catch it again (strangely she's caught it twice already), for mild sunburn or any other minor skin conditions to offer some soothing relief.
I first used this when I went out for a walk on the park, and silly me put baby oil on my arms and lay out on the sun for three hours whilst I snoozed off. As you could imagine, my arms were so red that they looked purple. I didn't want to buy any after sun lotion because I used to use it when I went on holiday, and in all honest I never worked very well for me. I asked my mum for advice, as I usually do. And she suggested Calamine lotion. I had never thought of it before and I never knew what it was. She brought it in for me, it was in a round little tub, instead of calmine lotion it was calmine cream from Lloyds pharmacy at around £1.50 for a 100ml tub. It reminded me of a thinner version of PVA glue, very thick. Perhaps you wouldn't agree, but I didn't quite like the look of it.
Usually, you don't rub Calmine lotion right into your skin, you just allow it to sit on your skin and it creates a pretty protective cover. However, this you have to rub into your skin into it is completely absorbed. This is quite sore to do, and it isn't as smooth and cooling as I would have hoped it was. I didn't feel an automatic feeling of relief. I left it on and I noticed my skin going a little strange, a bit like it had a film on it. The best thing about this cream is that it moisturises. When your skin is burnt, it is dried out, so this helps take some of the dryness away. Although it wasn't a "cooling" cream, when I left it in the fridge, it was very cold, so it felt nice to plonk a big blob on my red hot skin and watch it melt. Unfortunately, I then had to rub it in as you couldn't just leave it on like that.
It clearly felt a little better than what it did before. However, I noticed that you got a better result, for a cheaper price, with natural yoghurt.
You shouldn't use this cream if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without doctors advice.
You have to throw it away after 4 weeks so it doesn't have an extremely long shelf life, and you must keep it under 25 degrees. I know you wouldn't normally keep it under anything hotter than that, but as it is a popular option for the treatment of sunburn, you may wish to take it on holiday. So ensure you put it in the fridge especially if you are travelling to extremely hot countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Egypt as places like these can reach up to 49 degrees in peak season.
You can sue this to also treat itchy skin such as chicken pox and minor skin problems. It is for external use only, so be careful when applying around the mouth areas on children.
My three year old son has recently suffered from a really bad case of chicken pox, He managed to catch it off of another little boy from his nursery school, To be honest I was quiet relieved as it meant that it would get it out of the way before he starts school in September so I wouldnt need to worry too much about him having to take time off of school any time in the future because of it. Unfortunately the poor little man got it quiet badly,he had over a hundred spots all over his body and even had them spread into his mouth and one of his eyes which was a total nightmare in itself, he had so many spots you could literally of played dot to dot on him.
As soon as those first few spots appeared it was off to the local pharmacy to purchase a bottle of calamine lotion and some Calpol to get him through, unfortunately the more spots that developed the more increasingly difficult we found trying to apply the lotion on the spots.
Trying to get my three year old son to sit still whilst I dabbed freezing cold calamine lotion onto each individual spot, especially when there are over a hundred of them was mission impossible, my son would squirm and move and wriggle and moan and cry, the lotion is also quiete messy to apply so as well as getting it on him it was ending up everywhere else and then trying to get him to stay still until it had dried, you try getting a three year old to sit still. We then started to hit the problem after application that as soon as the lotion had dried onto the skin he would rub the powdery redisue off, defeating the object of applying it in the first place.
I found myself off to the pharmacy again to seek advice as I needed to do something to try and prevent him from scratching the spots and taking the scabs off and because he had so many he was getting very itchy and irritable because of it.
I had a chat with one of the pharmacy assistants and explained the problems which we were having, he automatically understood the issue and presented me with a small round tub, he explained that this was Aqueous Calamine cream that it combines calamine lotion with conventional Aqueous cream and was indeed very popular with parents who have younger children with Chicken pox. I had personally never heard of this product but I knew the benefits that aqueous cream has so was more than happy to try this on my son.
Aqueous cream is well known as being an effective moisturiser for dry skin conditions, it is designed to effectively help keep the skin moist and places a layer of oil on the skins surface creating a barrier that prevents the skin from losing any moisture, locking it inside and helping to keep the skin moist, smooth and soft.
Calamine is known to be an antipruritic and is used within products to help treat itching or mild skin irritations. Its commonly known to help aid in conditions such as Sunburn, Eczema, Chicken Pox, Insect bites and stings by providing a cooling and soothing effect.
Because of these factors I thought that it would be perfect in aiding the relief of my little boys Chicken pox.
The product is suitable for use by both adults and children, thats providing they are not allergic to any of the ingredients.
Aqueous Calamine cream comes in a 100ml white tub, the lid can be removed easily once the seal has been broken and removed and remains secure once the lid had been placed back on.
Inside you will find a pale pink cream, this pink colouring comes from the added calamine as aqueous alone is usually a white colour.
The cream itself is thick in consistency and really easy to apply, its creamy texture makes it easy to rub into the skin, it literally glides on. To apply I simply dipped my fingers into the cream and applied it liberally to the affected areas (obviously not the ones in his eye and mouth), rubbing until it was completely absorbed by the skin, it beat having to individually dabb each spot and unlike the calamine lotion their is no residue left on the surface of the skin which had really bothered my little boy. The cream does have a slight scent of calamine to it but its not over powering in any way and it seems to wear off after a short time so does not linger.
So my opinion:
Well the Aqueous Calamine cream is certainly far more effective to use than that of calamine lotion itself, the fact that all you need to do is liberally apply and rub it into the affected areas is so much easier than having to get my son to sit down still for a period of time whilst I dabbed him with the lotion, withing two minutes I could completely cover him head to toe and then leave him to his own devices, although it couldnt really be used on any of the spots that were on the scalp.
As I said Aqueous cream has great moisturising properties and my sons skin was certainly looking and feeling more moisturised and soft to the touch when I was using this, I also found that this moisturising is great in helping with the scabs.. When a person has chicken pox its the drying out of the scabs phase which causes the itching sensation which you get so you find yourself wanting to scratch or pick at them, this is ultimately what can result in scars. The Aqueous cream helps to combat this itching sensation and moisturise the surrounding tissue around them. Once we started to use this my son was no longer going for the scabs or tearing himself apart by scratching himself , he seemed soothed so it was evident that he was far more comfortable.
I feel that because of this my son came off really well as visually he has only been left with six scars, thats from over 100 spots, although typically they are all on his face and forehead.
I would almost certainly highly recommend this cream in the treatemnt of chicken pox, its a great alternative to calamine lotion but it does not treat the chicken pox itself only the symptoms directly assosiated by them.
The only one disadvantage to this cream is the fact that you can only purchase this cream in 100ml tubs, so if you are liberally applying the cream to the affected areas several times a day you will soon find that you will be running out so I advise you in the case of the chicken pox to stock up on it and as I said earlier it can be used in cases such as Sunburn, Eczema, and Insect bites so it is something handy to have in the house.
You can find Calamine Aqueous in most general Pharmacys or Pharmacy counters at your local super markets although you may find that you have to ask for it as ive found that its kept beind the counter rather than on the shope floor.
a 100ml tub retails at approx between £1.25p- £2.00p depending on where it is that you purchase the cream from. But believe me it was worth every penny for the relief it gave my son.
Last week my son broke out with chicken pox. I actually was quite pleased at explained why he was behaving so badly and also I would sooner he got it while he was young. I received many helpful tips on helping deal with his symptoms. One piece of advice I was given was to buy Aqueous calamine cream. This was not a product I had heard of but decided to give it a try. I had used calamine lotion a few months ago to relieve itching when I developed a post viral rash and found it very messy to apply.
I bought a tub of the cream from my local Manor chemist it cost £1.67 for a 100mls tub. When I opened the tub and smelled it wasn't as strong as normal Calamine lotion but is the same colour. It does state on the tub that it relieves minor sunburn and other minor skin conditions.
This major difference for me was how easy it was to apply. I simply dipped my finger into the cream and applied it liberally to affected areas except those under his hair. It was clearly cold and actually soothing to his skin. I did find it difficult to apply to his face as he was complaining that it hurt. It did rub in easily and didn't leave and white marks and more importantly for a toddler he didn't need to keep still for it to dry.
I did used bicarbonate of soda in the bath and Piriton at night as this was another recommendation due to that fact he did tend suffer with itchy skin far worse during the night than. He actually was asking for special cream to relieve the itching. I think it may well have been the cooling properties rather than anything else. He did call me back for additional cream and it was on spots I had missed so clearly something was helping.
My son is still infectious but no longer seems to be itching so I am now only applying the cream at night. As it does contain liquid paraffin which is good for the skin so hopefully will help with the healing process.
While I do really rate this cream for little ones I do think that it is important that it is mentioned that traditional Calamine lotion contains 15 % Calamine as opposed to the aqueous cream which contains 4%. Despite this huge difference I do think that it is a better option for young children and would recommend it for chicken pox.
This is for me a well spent £1.67.