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By Medicover Hospitals / 29 Nov 2020
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What is Allantoin?

  • Allantoin is a naturally occurring additive found in several over-the-counter (OTC) skin care products. Allantoin is extracted from plants such as:
    • Beets.
    • Comfrey.
    • Chamomile.
    • Wheat Sprouts.
    • Tobacco Seeds.
  • If you are dealing with dryness, dullness, irritation, acne scars and cuts scrapes then it is the best medications for your skin.
    1. Allantoin Uses
    2. Allantoin Side Effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Allantoin Warnings
    5. Frequently Asked Questions
    6. Citations

    Allantoin Uses:

  • It is used as a moisturizer for the treatment of dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritation like rashes, skin burns from radiation therapy. Emollients are the substances that help in softening and moisturizing our skin
    It also helps in decreasing itching and flaking. Products like zinc oxide, white petrolatum are used for protecting the skin against irritation. Dryness in the skin is caused due to loss of water in the upper layer of the skin. The moisturizers work by forming an oily layer on top of the skin which traps water in the skin.
  • Allantoin Side Effects:

  • Allantoin is used safely and effectively with fewer side effects. However, there are some side effects that can be found in some people such as:
    • Burning
    • Stinging
    • Redness
    • Irritation
  • If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Allantoin if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.
  • A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Allantoin side effects.
  • Allantoin Side Effects Pic: Allantoin Side Effects

    Precautions:

  • Before using this medication talk to your doctor if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients in the products or if allergy to any other medications. The product may contain some inactive ingredients which can cause some allergic reactions or some other problems.
    If you’re getting any of the health problems such as skin cuts, infections and sores then consult your doctor immediately.Some of the ingredients like preservatives and fragrance can make your skin more sensitive, so follow the instructions written in the label of the product or try consulting your doctor.
  • There are some products that can worsen acne. If the skin is prone to acne breakouts look for the word “non-comedogenic” on the label. Talk to your doctor about getting more information about the product.
  • How to use Allantoin?

  • Use the product as directed by the Doctor. Some products can require priming before any use. Follow the directions that are written in the product package. Some of the products need to be shaken before its use. Check the label to see whether to shake the bottle before using it.
  • Apply it to the affected areas of the skin as needed or directed on the label or by the doctor. The usage of medication depends on the skin condition. For treating dry hands you may need to use the product every time you wash your hands.
  • If you are using the product for treating diaper rash, clean the diaper area before use and let the area get dry before applying the product.
  • For treating the radiation skin burns check with any radiation personnel for seeing if the brand should be applied before radiation therapy.
  • Follow the direction on the label for proper use of the product. Apply the product to the skin. Be Careful while using the product avoid sensitive areas like mouth, face, nose, vaginal area and eyes.
  • Use Allantoin regularly for getting the most benefits from the product. Apply the product after a shower for moisturizing the skin.

    Missed dose:

  • The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.
  • Overdose:

  • Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Allantoin solution there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.
  • Warnings for serious health conditions:

    Pregnancy:

  • There is no proper study regarding Allantoin cream during pregnancy. But to be extra sure of the products and the benefits talk to your doctor before applying it.
  • Breastfeeding:

  • There is no proper study regarding Allantoin cream during Breastfeeding.Be careful while applying it on the skin and avoid applying the cream near the breast as it can cause some harmful effects to your baby
  • Storage:

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
  • Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).
  • Before taking Allantoin consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Allantoin rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Allantoin.
  • Allantoin vs Tretinoin

    Allantoin
    Tretinoin
    If you are dealing with dryness, dullness, irritation, acne scars and cuts scrapes then it is the best medications for your skin. Tretinoin medications are used for treating acne and sun-damaged skin. The medication can’t erase deep wrinkles but it can improve the appearance of surface wrinkles, fine lines and dark spots.
    The medications are used as a moisturizer for the treatment of dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritation like rashes, skin burns from radiation therapy. Emollients are the substances that help in softening and moisturizing our skin. Tretinoin is useful for:
  • - Reducing inflammation associated with acne.
  • - Preventing follicular plugging.
  • - Exfoliating the skin.
  • Allantoins are used safely and effectively with fewer side effects. However, there are some side effects that can be found in some people such as:
  • - Burning.
  • - Stinging.
  • - Redness.
  • - Irritation
  • Some of the side effects are:
  • - Persistent or worsening the irritation.
  • - Blistering, Crusting.
  • - Swelling.
  • - Excessive Redness.
  • - Temporary change in skin pigmentation.
  • Frequently Asked Questions:

    The medications are used as a moisturizer for the treatment of dry, rough, scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritation like rashes, skin burns from radiation therapy.
    Allantoin works in hydrating the skin. It contains panthenol which is a vitamin that helps in smoothening of the skin. The ingredients work in reducing the appearance of scars.
    For the soothing properties allantoin is great for the acne scars. It helps in reducing redness caused by acne and helps in cell rejuvenation.
    Allantoins are used safely and effectively with fewer side effects. However, there are some side effects that can be found in some people such as:
    • Burning
    • Stinging
    • Redness

    Citations:

  • Allantoin, http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/63/3/478.short
  • Allantoin Side Effects,https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/7/10/5411
  • Allantoin Gel, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0305417909003842