Ichthopaste is a bandage made of open woven cloth impregnated with a paste containing 6.32 % Zinc Oxide BP and 2 % Ichthammol BP rolled onto a plastic core.
It also contains Purified water BP, Glycerine BP, Gelatin BP, Emulsifying wax BP, Phenoxyethanol BP.
Ichthopaste provides topical treatment. It provides a moist wound-healing environment over a leg ulcer, helps to reduce skin irritation and soothes and protects surrounding skin. It will not dry out in use.
Ichthopaste is for use as a topical treatment only. It is indicated to assist the management of leg ulcers. Where venous insufficiency exists, the paste bandage should be used under graduated compression bandaging. Ichthopaste is also suitable for use in the treatment of chronic eczema/dermatitis, where occlusion is indicated.
Features & Benefits:
- Impregnated with zinc oxide and Ichthammol paste
- It contains Ichthammol which soothes the skin and helps the ulcer heal.
- Comfortable and soothing.
- Open weave bandage
- The bandages are simple to apply and easy to remove (soft and pliable after application).
- Trauma-free dressing changes.
- Will not dry out.
- May be worn for 7 days.
- Easy storage.
- Zinc oxide 6.32 % and Ichthammol 2 %
Contraindications / Precautions
Where venous insufficiency exists, Ichthopaste may be used under graduated compression bandaging, after first assessing the patient to exclude arterial disease. The use of Doppler ultrasound is recommended for this purpose. Compression bandaging should not be used on patients who have arterial disease (ABPI<0.8) and is not recommended for use on diabetic patients with advanced small vessel disease. Failure to detect reduced arterial flow can result in pressure necrosis, amputation, or even death. The risk of a patient having arterial as well as venous disease rises with age.
Ichthopaste should not be used in known cases of sensitivity or allergy to any of the ingredients. The skin of leg ulcer patients is easily sensitised to topical medicaments, including preservatives. Sensitisation should be suspected in patients particularly where there is deterioration of the surrounding skin. Such patients should be referred for a medical opinion. One of the functions of occlusive bandages is to increase absorption. Care should be taken, therefore, if it is decided to apply topical steroid, anaesthetic or retinoid preparations under the bandage, as their absorption may be significantly increased. This may lead to a shorter duration of effect of a topical anaesthetic product in addition to increasing the risk of sensitisation to these preparations.