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      27.06.2013 22:00
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      An inexpensive and traditional remedy that soothes chicken pox rashes effectively

      Hot on the heels of a nasty sickness bug, my youngest son came down with chicken pox a few weeks ago. We had nothing to hand in the house to treat the chicken pox rash so, on the advice from my GP, I picked up a bottle of calamine lotion BP (calamine and zinc oxide) whilst doing a bit of an emergency food shop in Morrisons.

      Fortunately, my two year old's symptoms were relatively mild and he only experienced a handful of spots, mostly on his face. These didn't seem to bother him too much (although he did subsequently pick the scabs off a couple as they dried up) so I didn't actually attempt to treat him with the calamine lotion after all. Two weeks after my youngest son's spots appeared, however, my five year old son woke up absolutely covered from head to toe in chicken pox spots! Unlike his younger brother, my son really suffered with his rash, particularly during the first couple of days when the blisters were breaking out and subsequently drying up. There really wasn't any part of his body that wasn't covered so he found it difficult to get comfortable especially at night-time and he had a couple of disturbed nights.

      This time around I did resort to the calamine lotion, in desperation. My son was a little wary of the strange looking milky pink liquid but was in such discomfort that he agreed to allow me to apply some to his blisters. I was surprised by the very thin consistency when I tipped the bottle after shaking thoroughly as recommended, as I had anticipated that a 'lotion' would be slightly thicker. This actually has the pouring consistency of milk, so it is quite easy to tip out too much and cause something of a mess as a quickly discovered! (Luckily the lotion did not stain clothing and washed off pretty easily.) I found the easiest method of application was to hold a balled up piece of cotton wool directly over the bottle and tip slightly. This covered the cotton wool sufficiently for easy application whilst minimising the mess.

      On the initial application, my son was a little surprised by just how cold the lotion was and he was slightly resistant. He was also slightly put off by the aroma of the lotion although I didn't personally find it to be too unpleasant. There is a slight medicinal smell to the lotion, vaguely reminiscent of TCP but not quite as powerful. Fortunately the scent did not linger too strongly on the skin, even when applied pretty liberally and extensively.

      He soon came round to the idea when he realised that the cooling sensation of adding the cold lotion to his spots and blisters really did provide instant relief. He can be a little over-sensitive, particularly when treating ailments or injuries, but willingly submitted to me covering his entire body with calamine lotion as he found it so soothing and comforting. He was even giggling at some points as he found the moistened cotton wool tickled in places and this proved to be a welcome distraction from the pain and discomfort that he'd been complaining about just minutes before!

      I particularly liked how quickly the calamine lotion dried on to his skin and also how easy it was to see which spots had already been treated as the lotion dried to a visible white coating over the skin. My son's spots were literally over every part of his body, from head to toe, so he did look quite comical by the end of the proceedings with a ghoulish white coating over almost every inch! Fortunately, the lotion did not sting at all, even on the patches that he had already begun to scratch.

      I noticed a dramatic difference in both my son's mood and his complaints about the spots hurting. It also reduced the need for him to scratch at his spots (causing potential scarring) as the itching was soothed almost instantly.

      I was very pleasantly surprised by just how effective this simple, relatively old-fashioned product proved to be in the treatment of chicken pox. Whilst it doesn't do anything to speed up the healing process, it certainly makes the condition more bearable as my son's reaction indicates and I found it to be a simple and stress-free method of offering some relief. I combined this with regular doses of Calpol and found that this kept my son contented and less distressed that he had been before the initial application.

      I was also pleasantly surprised by how inexpensive this was, at just 85p for a generous 200ml. Even with liberal application, some wastage through spillages and several re-applications, I have actually used less than half of the bottle so this could easily cope with two siblings suffering with chicken pox, making it excellent value for money. The bottle does have a generous shelf life, with this particular bottle featuring an expiry date in 2016, with no warnings that the bottle has to be discarded within a certain period after opening.

      I used Morrisons branded calamine lotion but I would imagine most brands would be a similar price and be equally as effective. The only thing that surprised me about this particular product is that there is no mention of using it to sooth chicken pox on the bottle. Instead, it simply states that the lotion can be used for 'minor irritation and sunburn.' I have only ever associated calamine lotion with chicken pox and it wouldn't occur to me to use it for any other skin complaint but now that I have half an unused bottle (and nobody else in the household to catch chicken pox) I may well bear it in mind if we are unfortunate enough to need it in the future.

      I'm certainly happy to recommend this traditional and inexpensive method of relieving the itchiness and soreness of chicken pox spots and am more than happy with my experience. Thankfully, my son's chicken pox have now mostly disappeared and he is back in school and back to his usual happy self.

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        17.03.2013 12:40
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        A staple in my medicine cupboard

        For many years I have used Calamine lotion, as did my own mum when I was living at home. I always have a bottle at the back of my medicine cupboard though I haven't needed to use this for a while now. I buy my own Calamine lotion from Boots where it costs a little over £1 for a large sized glass bottle with a screw off lid. There is no child safety lid on mine, it simply screws off.

        I've used this lotion on many occasions, both on my daughter Sarah and on myself. My husband has also used this too. It's possibly seen as quite an old fashioned method of calming the skin down now, when there seems to be so many other up to date and more modern medications on the market, which do pretty much the same thing. To be honest, I think that Calamine lotion works just as well as any of the more pricey lotions and potions and I think this works exceptionally well for skin irritations such as sunburn, bites and stings and rashes.

        Last time I used this on my daughter was when she'd fallen into a bed of nettles whilst we went to feed the horses. Her legs were in a terrible state and they came up with lots of bumps and she was crying in pain. I smoothed a layer of Calamine lotion over the affected area with cotton wool balls and left it to dry. The lotion calmed the area down, stopped he intense throbbing of the nettle rash and generally helped ease the pain and stinging.

        I have also used it on myself and my husband for mild sunburn last summer (yes, it really got that hot!) and again smoothed it on our shoulder areas where the skin was most inflamed. It works well and it works quickly and really does help to calm inflammation.

        It's good for insect bites and stings and whilst it won't 'cure' the problem, it works very well at reducing pain and inflammation. It's a messy lotion to apply, and once dried on the skin you end up looking white in patches where it's dried on but it soon washes off and afterwards the pain of bites, stings, nettle rash and sunburn is greatly reduced.

        It's always a good idea to have a bottle of this in your cupboard ad I'm never without one. It might be seen as a slightly old fashioned method these days, but Calamine lotion is something I think should be a medicine cupboard staple.

        Highly recommended.

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        28.11.2012 12:45
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        Simple and cheap instant relief and a bottle lasts ages

        I keep a bottle of Calamine Lotion in the back of the cupboard. The one I have at the moment is made by Care and cost me around a pound for 200ml. Boots sell it for £1.09 for the same amount.

        Calamine is a mild astringent lotion that is used for minor skin irritation and rashes which is suitable for adults and children. My bottle says it's for sun burn and other skin conditions. It comes with the usual precautions such as if allergic to any of the ingredients don't use and don't swallow it. It doesn't tell you not to apply to broken skin. It claims side effects to be rare but some people may get a rash or irritation. It comes in a bottle not a tube.

        Slightly pink, the lotion is quite thick. You're instructed to apply a layer to the affected area, I use cotton wool for this as tissue breaks up- sometimes I just use a finger, when necessary. Once dried on the skin it leaves chalky white residue that does wash off and doesn't stain clothes.

        Does it work?

        Yes, I find instant relief with this stuff. In the past I've used it for Chicken Pox blisters which stopped them from itching. I also used it on a break out of hives I had when I had a reaction to something- it really helped with the itching.

        More recently my son had terrible sun burn from when he went away with his friends family on holiday. When he got back he was still in agony with it and infact he's still itching, Calamine lotion didn't heal it but certainly cooled it down and helped with the itching instantly. The effect lasted a couple of hours when which he needed more on.

        We've been itching lately I think it's the washing liquid I've been using, it's been driving me mad so last night I got the Calamine out. The relief I felt was immediate, I couldn't believe I hadn't thought of it sooner- normally I'd just put up with it but remembered the lotion and thought I'd try it and I'm still itch free this morning. While I was at it I applied a bit to a sore and itchy spot I've got on my cheek (at my age!) it cooled it down and stopped the itch.

        Calamine doesn't heal things but does calm down hot sore skin irritations and stops the itching- long enough to give things chance to heal while I'm not ripping my skin to shreds by scratching.

        5 Stars from me

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        23.11.2012 20:38
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        Worth a try if you're scratching yourself mad

        I'm currently suffering from a condition known as Pityriasis Rosea, which has the unfortunate side effect of making my skin so itchy that at times I could think of nothing else aside from the urge/need to scratch. Luckily while the virus hasn't fully passed yet, the itching has no subsided and I can think straight enough to review some of the products I tried!

        Back when I was a child and suffering from the chicken pox, I remember my mum using Calamine lotion - to be honest I can't remember if it worked back then, but numerous people were recommending it to me now so I thought it would be worth a try.

        I made a trip to the pharmacy nearest my work and asked what they had to offer - in the end I plumped for a bottle of calamine lotion and a tub of calamine cream. The reason I decided to go for both types is that I needed to use it on most of my body including my hands and forearms - as the lotion dries a white colour, it seemed more sensible to use a cream on the areas of my body which would not be covered by clothing.

        Application:
        Applying the lotion is the worst part - as my rash covered most of my body I wanted to apply a large quantity and in some not so easy to reach areas. I know it's not a pleasant mental image, but believe me when I tell you that covering your bum cheeks in this stuff while trying to avoid dripping it all over the floor is not an easy task! At first I tried applying with a cotton wool ball, but I just couldn't get enough calamine on it to cover larger areas so in the end I resorted to pouring some on my hand and sort of slapping that onto the appropriate part of my body as quickly as possible. I did still manage to get a fair amount on the floor - luckily it's a wipe clean surface! The other issue is that you then have to wait for it to dry - despite standing in the bathroom starkers for a few minutes, it still felt a bit wet when I finally crawled into bed.

        Does it work?
        Well this is the most important part about any product and the answer is a resounding 'sort of' from me. The lotion is very cold when applied (not such a pleasant feeling in winter) and for me this seems to be what helps alleviate the itch - holding ice to the itchy area seems to have the same effect for me. This initial cooling sensation does disappear quickly as the lotion dries, but the itch has also been dullened - it's still there, but I could normally resist the urge to scratch myself silly. I found that the intensity of the itch didn't really come back again for an hour or so after application (for the most part) and as there are no known side effects or maximum daily applications, you can use it as often as you like.

        The above said this didn't completely stop my itching and I did end up using it in collaboration with antihistamine tablets for a number of days.

        Price:
        I spend around £2.00 on a 200ml bottle at the pharmacy and note it's available through amazin from £1.44 with free delivery. Considering how far this stuff goes, even with prolonged applications over most of the body, this should last you a good long time and it does represent good value for money.

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        The only real criticism I can think of is that many itchy skin conditions go hand in hand with dry skin and I didn't find that calamine lotion has any moisturising properties to it, so I had to use it in combination with E45.

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          30.03.2012 14:40
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          A great way to soothe skin

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          There are a range of things the calamine lotion is useful for including s sunburn, eczema, rashes, poison ivy, chickenpox, and insect bites and stings but to be honest the main 2 reason I have used this lotion is for sunburn and when my children had chicken pox.

          The product comes in a glass bottle with a screw top lid which is easy to remove it is pink in appearance and does have a strong chemical/ medical smell to it that all though is really strong is not over bearing once the product is on your skin. It washes off the skin easily and also we got it all over our sofa and the children's clothes while applying it as they are so young and fidget through the whole application but it washed off very easily.

          How does it work and how to use it

          As it is a liquid it does pour out rather fast and you do need to be careful you do not spill it everywhere but if you are using a cotton bud it helps plug the bottle while absorbing the lotion so this is rather easy to prevent.

          Well after applying the lotion it evaporates and while doing this is creating a cooling sensation which helps relieve the itching and cools the area. To use simply shake the bottle well and then I get a cotton wool bud and tip the bottle up until the lotion has covered the cotton bud. Then simply wipe it over the area you wish to treat and it will begin to work straight away. On the skin it leaves a white mark so you can easily see where you have applied the lotion and where else it needs to be added.

          You can re apply the lotion as much as you think is needed and I tend to find once the colour on the skin has faded away it is beneficial to re add the lotion as it begins the soothing cycle again. The lotion dries rather fast once applied to your skin which is great as it means no hanging around which is fantastic when it is being used on young children as even when they had chicken pox they did not want to sit in one place for long.

          Effect

          When applied to chicken pox both my children and I give it huge thumbs up it is horrible seeing your children in pain and not being able to help them but as soon as I applied this lotion to their spots it was really effective and they were back to their usual selves jumping and playing around. It lasted a good few hours before the children were complaining of itching again and you could see the chalk like effect it leaves on the skin was no longer visible so I just re applied and that was them set for another few hours.

          For sun burn it really works well too when I had a bit too much sun rather than paying out for pricey after sun lotion I pulled the remainder of this from the cupboard and as soon as the product touched the burnt area it immediately felt so much cooler, no more itching and I was actually able to get on with my daily things and forget about the pain. I found the effects lasted longer on my skin but I think that may be because my children are more active and it was my shoulders that I applied the lotion too so they were not rubbing on clothes constantly.

          The lotion does not dry out your skin and actually leaves it feeling rather soft and healthy I was a little worried the constant application of a liquid for it then to evaporate may have a negative on my skin and leave it feeling dry.

          Summary

          A 200ml bottle only costs around a £1 and really does last well I managed to only use a bottle and a half of this on 3 children that had chicken pox and that was with me re applying over and over again at regular intervals to make sure it helped sooth them and they did not scratch.

          Over all this is fantastic for relieving itching and irritation to the skin it is a must have in any family home and really can be used for so many things it was a great help to us when my children had chicken pox and a classic relief as I remember it from when I was younger.

          It is in expensive and has a long shelf life so is great for storing until you need to use it. Although we purchased our bottle from boots it is widely available in most chemists and super markets and does not cost the earth.

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          27.11.2011 00:03
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          It's worth giving it a whirl!

          My middle child had chicken pox back in August and, as such, was covered head to toe in horrible unbearably itchy spots and rash. I remember having chicken pox as a child and the itching drove me insane and my mum putting calomine lotion on me to calm the itching. And so this is what I chose to do for my child as well as he was really suffering!

          I bought the Calomine Lotion from Boots for £1.05 for a 200 ml botttle - and it was the Boots own brand. It came in a small glass bottle and had instructions written on the back of the bottle. The calamine was a very pale pink colour and had the consistency of thin cream - and so it is infact a lotion that you apply topically to the skin, but only external areas. The smell is very distinctive and while it is not an unpleasant smell it is a very unique smell and I could imagine some people (like my son unfortunately!) hate the smell. It's a sweet smell and not unlike the lotion you buy to treat head lice! Applying the lotion is easy and involves pouring the calomine lotion onto a cotton wool ball and then spreading the lotion directly onto the skin. It spreads easy and quickly and a little bit actually goes a long way.

          The effect of putting calomine lotion onto itchy skin is that the calomine lotion cools the skin and therefore helps to decrease the irritation and limit the itchiness. It starts to work almost immediately after application and my son rated that the calomine lotion worked "quite a lot" and from the amount of itching I could see him doing I would say that it lasted for about two hours. Unfortunately, as the lotion dries it becomes dry and patchy on the skin and this really need to be washed off before the next application. We found that if he had a luke warm shower to wash off the calomine lotion and then had another layer applied when he got out of the shower then this really helped to keep the itching at bay.

          Overall, I think for mild skin irritation like itchiness calomine lotion does help and so it's worth giving it a try.

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          30.04.2011 10:56
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          go get some!

          With children in the house, i find it important to keep first aid bits in the cupboard for those cuts and scrapes and rashes from time to time. Calamine lotion is a 'lotion' that i have become familiar with since i was a little girl and suprisngly if i mention it to some of my friends, they have not heard of it!!

          calamine lotion is a medicinal product that can be bought from larger supermarkets down the medicines aisle and also readily available from your local pharmacy. I buy mine from Boots PLC and i pay roughly £1 for 200mls.

          ABOUT CALAMINE LOTION.

          Calamine lotion can be bought as a water based cream, oil based lotion and a water based lotion. One of Calamine lotions many uses is to treat pruritis (itching of the skin). Itching can be caused by a number of conditions including eczema, psoriasis, nettle rash, jaundice or scabies. (nice subject i know). Interestingly, calamine relieves itching by producing what is called a counter-irritation. 'As calamine evaporates from the skin, it produces a cooling effect. This cooling effect helps to divert your body's attention away from the itching. Due to this cooling effect it is also effective for the relief of sunburn' (Patient.co.uk:2011).

          One of the biggest uses i advise my friends to use calmine lotion for is Chickenpox. Amazingly my son never caught this, but many of his friends did, and by dabbing calamine lotion directly to the skin, soothes the itching those horrible little blisters cause almost intstantly. Another top tip of mine is to keep your calamine lotion in the fridge, as this gives an even more soothing result!!

          The only ingredients in calamine lotion is calamine and zinc oxide. It is slightly pink in colour and has a milky consistency, so once applied and the lotion has dried, a very patchy individual appears, looking worse than before the lotion was put on, but i guarentee a smile rather then tears!

          I have never seen calmine lotion stored in anything other than a glass bottle but can be used on both children and adults, so good for all the family, whether it is a bout of the chickenpox or some ezcema that is playing up.

          Due to the small amount of ingredients, and the fact that it is applied topically makes for this product to predominently be quite non-toxic. Clearly, it is not to be ingested, but to be put on the skin. If your skin condition gets worse after using calamine, or if you develop a rash, stop using the preparation and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

          All in all, i find calamine lotion a very versatile product, that is maybe not the most attractive lotion to be applied, but gives great results and at a very low cost. It can be applied several times a day and is easily washed off. I have found minimal side effects with this lotion, hardly anything noted at all, and the smell is very non-offensive, a lightly fragrenced ltion too!

          I can give nothing but 5/5 for it!!

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            16.04.2011 17:01

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            I have severe issues with eczema, and I'm allergic to almost everything!
            My ezcema had recently flared up and was spreading down my arms, with the itching so bad I was scratching in my sleep and had broken the skin. A trip to the pharmacy occured with the pharmacist telling me that she couldnt give me anything other than anti-histamines and I wouldhave to go to the doctor.
            I dont actually have a doctor so I went away with some hayfever tablets and a continously itchy arm! At work my boss told me that Calamine lotion may help as there are very few ingrediants and its a mild anti-septic. I went to a (different) pharmacist and picked up this lotion.
            A week after using it my eczema is almost cleared up and it hasn't bothered me one bit. I really would recommend this if you, or your kids, have skin conditions such as eczema because it really helps and I don't even think I've been scratching in my sleep!(which is something I usually do!)
            Calamine lotion is really cheap (ranging from £1.30 -£2.00 in the places I looked) so its really not gunna break the bank!

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            09.03.2011 14:30
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            A simple treatment for all kinds of skin irritation.

            When I was growing up, calamine lotion was a staple of our family medicine cabinet. From rashes to sunburn, my mum's response would be to whip out the calamine and dollop it on, and, unlike some of the other childhood remedies I remember (milk of magnesium springs to mind), it was actually OK- it didn't smell or sting, and had an immediate soothing effect. I vividly remember one occasion on holiday when I'd run through a huge bed of nettles, and been stung pretty much all over. Within a few minutes of being painted in Calamine, the stinging was soothed and so was I! Since then, I've not had much cause to turn to Calamine lotion (I don't make a habit of flinging myself into nettle beds these days), but I do have a bottle to hand to help soothe occasional spots and insect bites.

            Calamine lotion is a combination of zinc oxide and iron oxide, but it there's nothing metallic about its appearance. Every brand I've used has been a pale pink, sloppy liquid with a very mild, slightly clay-like smell. There's something soothing about its gentle scent and appearance, and the fact that it's a cool, thick liquid makes it very appealing to apply to sore, red areas. It's known as an anti-pruritic, which basically means that it soothes itches, so although it won't actually treat the cause of a rash, it will relieve the urge to scratch, thus lessening the irritation. I certainly found this to be true as a child- without calamine, areas of sunburn and those horrible nettle stings would prove far too itchy and annoying to resist scratching.

            Apart from its anti-itching properties, Calamine Lotion is also a mild antiseptic, helping to prevent infections in the sore area. Another of its uses I've discovered more recently is for helping to relieve redness and swelling of spots. Over the last few years, I've had a fair few painful red spots rearing their ugly heads on the tips of my shoulders, of all places! Although they're not particularly large, the lack of flesh on this area means that they are very sore, so I came up with the idea of applying calamine to try to soothe them. I was pleased to find that not only did it help calm the pain down, but it also helped the spot to heal more quickly, shortening its life span by several days. Looking on the internet now, I see that Calamine is recommended as a treatment for spots, so I'm obviously not the first one to have experienced its calming properties in this area!

            Applying Calamine to the affected area is usually pretty straightforward- just give the bottle a shake (the contents can separate, forming a thick residue at the bottom of the bottle and a watery layer on top), then tip it up onto a wad of cotton wool and apply a generous layer to the skin. While this mostly works perfectly, there can be problems with tipping such a sloppy substance upside down- if you're not careful, you run the risk of it going everywhere! I can't count the number of times I've overtipped the bottle and slopped it on the carpet, and once there, its chalky colour can leave marks, so you have to wash it off thoroughly and quickly. The other problem I've found with Calamine is that its consistency varies a lot from bottle to bottle. The ancient stuff my parents used was thick and gloopy, so it was relatively easy to apply, but the bottle I have (bought from Tesco a couple of years ago) is very thin and watery, meaning that it tends to run down the skin after application. This is really annoying, as it basically means that you're never going to be able to apply a thick layer, minimising the effects of the lotion (and increasing the risk of mess).

            Once on, however, Calamine dries very quickly, which is a big bonus when you're applying it before dressing. Unfortunately, if you've applied it to a visible area, it will show up as a whitish patch on your skin, so it's probably better to use it at bedtime, when you won't be seen by the world! Once dried, it can rub off on your clothes, but this is only as a powdery deposit so it won't damage them at all.

            Overall, Calamine is a very handy lotion for treating all kinds of skin problems, with the advantage of having no known side effects. It's refreshing to find such a simple product that has noticeable effects, without any of the risks usually associated with medication. It also has the advantage of being cheap- usually around £1-2 for a 200ml bottle. However, it's worth looking around for a brand that offers a thicker lotion to minimise the risk of slopping!

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              Keep a bottle in the cupboard

              Calamine Lotion is another one of those products I forgot I had and discovered by chance. My fiancé and I got slightly sun burnt whilst working in the garden not long after we moved into our house, not thinking it was overly hot neither of us applied sun cream resulting in slightly burnt shoulders. Whilst looking for something to apply to the sun burn in order to sooth it I discovered the bottle of Calamine Lotion, reading the back of the bottle it was suitable for the job so I decided to give it a go

              Appearance
              The brand of Calamine Lotion I have is Boots own brand, the lotion comes in a clear glass bottle displaying the pale pink liquid inside. The packaging is very simple, the bottle has a mainly white label around the middle of the bottle with a pink square one it, at the top of the label is the Boots logo and the words Calamine Lotion BP, this is written in black writing on the white background. Written inside the pink square is a statement about the lotion which states " relieves minor skin rashes and irritations", it also has the volume of the bottle written in the pink square, all of the writing in this area is white. On the back of the bottle is all of the relevant information such as directions for use, warnings and ingredients, all of this information is written very clearly and easy to read. The bottle has a dark blue metal lid which is very easy to open and reseal. The lotion itself is quite watery, and is light pink in colour, it has quite a medical sort of smell which is quite difficult to describe.

              What Is Calamine Lotion?
              Calamine Lotion is basically a lotion which is a mixture of Zinc Oxide with 0.5% Iron Oxide. Zinc Oxide is the main ingredient of the Calamine Lotion and within the lotion it is used as an anti itching agent (antipruritic) It has many uses but some of these include sun burn, stings, bites and chicken pox. Calamine Lotion is basically a lotion used to treat various skin irritations.

              Uses for Calamine Lotion
              As previously mentioned Calamine Lotion has many different uses for skin irritations some of which I have described below.

              Eczema - Calamine Lotion is excellent for treating eczema and is described as one of the best remedies. The lotion contains Zinc Oxide which has several useful properties in treating this type of skin condition, it is water soluble and will absorb moisture meaning that it will keep the effect area dry, this is important when treating eczema and helps it to heal and irritate less. Another way in which Calamine Lotion helps to treat eczema is that it contains antiseptic and an astringent, these are also good at helping treat this skin condition especially severe eczema, whilst treating the eczema it will also help to sooth the skin and reduce itching and irritation again helping it to heal.

              Sun Burn - This is what I personally used my Calamine Lotion for, sun burn damages the skin and it is the Calamine Lotion which helps to repair skin damage. One of the main reasons why Calamine Lotion is good at healing sun burnt skin is that it is very cooling, I personally found this to be the case, when I applied the lotion to the burnt skin on my shoulders it instantly cooled my hot skin soothing it at the same time and reducing the pain. Calamine Lotion works by actually absorbing the heat from your skin which is why it leaves burnt skin feel much cooler, it also helps to reduce the redness from the skin. Also sun burn can itch, again I found this to be the case, after applying the Calamine Lotion the itching was reduced, this helps to stop the skin peeling and becoming even more sore. I have since found out that Calamine Lotion is often used in sun creams as it absorbs UVA and UVB rays and protects the skin from becoming burnt.

              Burn and Scalds - Calamine Lotion does not only have to be used on sun burn it is also effective at treating general burns and scalds, again I have tried this with small burns I have had when cooking etc and personally have found that again it does work. With general burns and scalds Calamine Lotion works basically in the same way that it does with sun burn but cooling the skin, absorbing the heat from the skin and reducing the redness and itching. Again I have found all of this to be true when I have burnt myself and it is very effective.

              Acne - Acne is another skin condition which can be helped/ treated with Calamine Lotion. Applying the lotion before bed will help to sooth and reduce inflamed skin caused by the acne, it is even effective on severe forms of acne, it is most effective if applied before bed and is said to be a fast relief for this type of skin condition. Luckily I have never had to use Calamine Lotion for this reason but from using Calamine Lotion I have found it to be every cooling and soothing on irritated skin so I believe it would also be effective for this as well.

              Dermatitis - Contact dermatitis can also be effectively treated with Calamine Lotion, contact dermatitis is when the skin comes into contact with an irritant or you have an allergic reaction. Calamine Lotion can be used to sooth irritation caused by poison Oak, Poison Ivy or even soaps. Applying it to the skin will sooth the itching and irritation helping the effected area to heal, regular application of the lotion will keep the irritation at bay until the area has completely recovered.

              Other uses of Calamine Lotion include nappy rash, insect bites, mosquito bites, chicken pox even boils. Basically Calamine Lotion is effective at treating most skin irritations and itching, the active ingredients help to cool, sooth and calm the effected area of skin allowing it to effectively heal and recover.

              Directions of Use
              Using Calamine Lotion is very simple, all you need to do is apply a generous amount to cotton wool and dab it on the effected/ irritated area, but give the bottle a good shake first, it tends to separate, you can apply the lotion when needed throughout the day. The same applies for both adults and children, however if you are pregnant or breastfeeding it is best to consult your doctor first to check that it is safe to use the lotion and in what quantities.

              Warnings and Precautions
              All of the warning and precautions on the back of the bottle are really just common sense, but include
              If symptoms of the effective area persist and do not go away with the use of the lotion consult your doctor
              Do not ingest
              If swallowed seek medical advise straight away
              For external use only
              In rare occasions allergic reactions may occur, if this happens stop using the lotion immediately.
              There is not age restriction to use Calamine Lotion but it does say on the back of my bottle that you must be at least 16 to purchase it
              Seek medical advise if you have any underlying medical conditions or are taking any other medications before using the product

              Active Ingredients
              The active ingredients in Calamine Lotion are Calamine and Zinc Oxide, however the product does also include other ingredients such as
              Purified Water
              Glycerol
              Bentonite
              Sodium Citrate
              Phenol

              Price
              I bought my Calamine lotion from Boots and it is actually Boots own brand, it cost me just 99p for 200ml, personally I feel this is a real bargain. I have found the lotion to be very long lasting (once I started using it) You do not need a huge amount of the lotion at once, however the amount depends on the size of the effected area and how often you use it, but at just 99p you can afford to use it regularly. It is an excellent price for a product that has so many uses

              Overall would definitely recommend Boots calamine lotion (or any calamine lotion) it has so many uses for various types of skin irritation. I have only used mine for sun burn and general burns but have found it to be very effective at reducing the irritation and effects from the burn. At such a low price it is a must have and something I recommend everyone has a bottle of.

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              Wonderful, inexpensive, very effective treatment for chicken pox and other skin itching problems

              Calamine lotion is a water based treatment for irritated and itchy skin conditions and rashes. It has zinc-oxide and calamine as the active ingredients - calamine being, as a cursory google search tells me, another complex of zinc-based minerals (zinc carbonate and zinc silicate). It can be used to soothe the blisters resulting from chicken pox in adults as well as children, and also to reduce itching of eg. insect bites and stings, and irritation from nettle rash (or if you're in the States, poison oak / poison ivy), and so on.

              The lotion comes of the bottle as a slightly chalky-looking / feeling thinnish, whitish pink liquid. You dab it on to the affected areas, where (being water-based) it eventually dries out leaving a chalky whitish / pinkish residue.

              It's sold in glass bottles from chemists eg. 'Boots', whose own-brand calamine lotion currently costs 99p for200ml. If you look up an internet picture of what this product looks like you'll see they've gone to no lengths whatsoever to attractively package it. I think there are two reasons for this; firstly it's so cheap to buy, why bother making it look nice; but mainly - calamine lotion actually works, and anyone who's tried it before will have found it so effective that if they go out to get some, they'll buy it regardless of what it looks like.

              I first encountered calamine lotion when I caught chicken pox for the first time in my late teens. This was an unfortunate time to be getting infected with chicken pox - partly because 'they say' it's a nastier disease when you're a bit older, but also because at the time I was old enough to have developed an interest in 'natural' herbal remedies, and went and tried to treat the chicken pox blisters myself.

              Our pocket-sized book of garden herbs suggested that ointment made from green elder leaves would be soothing for irritated skin conditions, and it said that a useful base for household ointments could be made from .....lard. The resultant green elder infusion / lard based ointment I brewed up made the chicken pox blisters feel about 100% worse, and as I was raging about the house, weeping from the feel of the horrible, now oily and slightly gritty lard-slathered chicken pox blisters, my father sent my mum out to get some calamine lotion, which is what he said they'd used to use back when people had chicken pox when he was a lad.

              Now, my dad was a lad in the 1920s to 30s, so that just shows you how long calamine lotion's been about.
              The calamine lotion was immediately cooling and soothing on the blisters - and being water-based, didn't 'irritate' as an oil-based ointment might have done. I was amazed that it really did work to reduce the terrible itching of my chicken pox. I was reapplying it as often as recommended on the bottle (at least twice a day), and immediately went and got some when my daughter caught chicken pox at nursery aged about three years old. It seemed to help her too, and despite her being so young we managed to 'get away' with only a very few scars from infected spots. Calamine lotion. It's brilliant.

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                A useful addition to the medicine cabinet

                My parents have had a bottle of calamine lotion in their medicine cabinet for as long as I can remember. What's more, I think it is the very same bottle of the lotion that they have there today as when I was a child! Needless to say, it didn't get used very much, and when it did, only in very small quantities.

                Calamine lotion is a thickish, pink liquid which can help alleviate itching or skin irritation which occurs after stings, and burns, or with rashes, eczema and chicken pox. It can also be used as a mild antiseptic which may occur as a result of the skin being scratched. It is also an astringent which can be used to stop oozing and weeping spots or blisters, though I've never used it in this capacity.

                It is a mixture of zinc oxide and it also contains a very small amount of iron (III) oxide. The bottle needs to be shaken well before use as the lotion can separate whilst not being used. Once you have shaken the bottle, the best way to apply the lotion is via a cotton wool ball or clean tissue. If you hold this to the top of the bottle and then tip in quickly up and then down, the little amount on the cotton wool should be enough to start dabbing on to the affected area.

                On application to the skin, the lotion feels cool. If you keep it in a really cool place, although the initial application will feel very cool, it will also help to soothe the skin even more. The lotion does not need to be rubbed in but it just sits on the skin. It looks like a whitish powder on the skin once it's dried, and it gradually rubs off in time. It has a mild, but rather distinctive smell. It's not really like anything else I know! I think maybe you can get a vague suggestion of the iron and zinc oxide as it smells slightly metallic. It's not at all unpleasant though.

                I have found that the best thing about this lotion is the relief it gives on initial application on the skin, especially if it's cold. I must admit, I haven't noticed many lasting effects, but with itchy skin you can just keep reapplying it. It's just good to know there's something in the cupboard that will take the edge off burning or itching sensations.

                I would recommend keeping a bottle of this in the medicine cabinet. It's really cheap (99p for 200ml as a general guide), will last for ages and can help alleviate annoying symptoms of itching, burning as well as be a mild antiseptic. It's readily available in all pharmacies.

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                Soothing Rash Lotion

                Calamine lotion is a first aid box essential in my house. It is an ointment used for soothing bites, rashes and stings. I've used it since my mum first put it on me after I fell in a nettle bush and haven't looked back since then.

                Calamine Lotion can come in various forms depending on the manufacturer, in terms of bottle design etc. What remains the same is the rich, thick pink colour. Also what remains with all brands is the cool soothing sensation when it touches an irritating bite, sting or rash, it feels fantastic and is both soothing and effective in helping to reduce swelling and irritation.

                It is made of Zinc Oxide and Iron Oxide and soothes and is also a mild antiseptic, I generally use it to soothe bites and when you dab a bit on with cotton wool it smells and feels very cold but generally works quickly and effortlessly.

                It is a strange colour and feels weird but has always worked for me, its available from all good chemists and supermarkets with £1.29 being a reasonable median figure, i've bought bottles in my local chemist for £1.49 before but also bought bottles in Poundstretcher for surprisingly £1.

                It works, its effective, its a funny colour and feels strange, what more could you ask for?

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                Excellent for bites or rashes

                I remember using this calamine lotion when I was younger when I had chickenpox, my mum used to dab this on them with cotton wool, but I remember it was always freezing as she used to keep the bottle in the bathroom and I hated putting this on! I always keep my bottle in the drawer in the bedroom so it is a bit more comfortable temperature to put on.

                I have bought this calamine lotion a few times now over the last few years as it is great for any sort of bite/sting or rash. Sometimes I get a red heat rash on my neck and arms, and this stuff is great for relieving the itching. It is also great if you get bit on holiday or anything, it instantly stops the itching.

                One thing I don't like about this though is the consistency, it is really runny and dries white on your skin, it would be better if it dried clear, but they do calamine lotion as a cream now which is a bit more convenient to take out with you in your handbag as you don't need cotton wool to apply it. You also have to wash this stuff off after a while as it stays on your skin. It does dry pretty quickly when you first apply it so you can get on straight away after applying it.

                The calamine lotion is pink in colour, and it is so cheap to buy. You can get this in boots or any supermarket for just 99p, and it is definitely worth the money. You wouldn't expect much from a product that only cost 99p, but it does work well at relieving itching.

                Everybody should always have a bottle of this in the house, as it is great if you ever come up in a rash or get bitten, it calms the area down instantly, it is a great product.

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                A lifesaver for itchy skin

                My kids caught chicken pox during the summer so of course the first thing that popped into my head was that I needed to get a bottle of calamine lotion to control the itching and stop them from being scarred. Even today with all the advances in medicine the chemist assured me it was still the best thing to get.

                I bought mine in boots and it cost me the barggain price of 99p for a 200ml bottle. Mind you 200ml didn't go far with two children to cover so I ended up having to buy a few bottles of it but it is still ridiculously cheap in comparison with other products.

                The strange thing was that this wasnt the pink colour of lotion that I remember from a child and was instead white and looked like a thick milkshake. This is probably better than the lurid pink colour for adults but I thought the pink was more fun for kids.

                To apply it to the skin you are supposed to use cotton wool but I found the lotion to be too watery for this and it was far easier to just pour some into my hands and rub it into the kids skin this way.
                It doesn't completely absorb and instead dries leaving a sort of chalky layer on the skin.
                As soon as I applied the lotion the kids immediately commented on how nice it felt and although I did have to keep an almost constant eye on them to stop them from scratching it definately soothed them.

                I actually used it myself one day after being out in the sun to see what it was like and it did cool and soothe my skin but it was just so messy and awkward to use that I have to say that I would only really recommend it for medicial purposes for where itching is involved such as with chicken pox but ait is also effective for insect bites and rashes, pretty much any skin irritation that causes itching really.

                For 99p a bottle I thought this was a complete bargain and it was a lifesaver in my house as without it I am not sure I would have been able to cope with the constant moaning about itching from the kids.

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                Soothing ointment for sore skin, insect bites, and rashes.