Vishnevsky’s ointment, the recipe of which was invented by a Russian doctor at the beginning of the 20th century, is to this day one of the most common drugs. This is a fairly effective drug that has a minimum of side effects and contraindications, while it is cheap and is sold in almost every pharmacy. Let’s take a closer look at the composition and methods of using Vishnevsky’s ointment.
Chemical composition and properties of Vishnevsky’s ointment
This ointment, or rather balsamic liniment, is a combined preparation, which contains two active ingredients:
- Birch tar – a natural product obtained from birch bark and is a thick, dark-colored oily liquid; has a pronounced antiseptic and antimicrobial effect, promotes the activation of blood flow in tissues, and also has regenerating, drying, anesthetic, absorbable and antipruritic properties.
- Xeroform (bismuth tribromophenolate) – a compound used in medicine and is a fine yellow powder; has a drying, astringent and antiseptic effect.
In addition, Vishnevsky’s balm contains castor oil, which not only helps tar and xeroform to penetrate tissues better, but also has a moisturizing, softening and regenerating effect.
Indications and contraindications for the use of Vishnevsky ointment
The instructions for the drug indicate the following pathologies in which Vishnevsky ointment can be used:
- furunculosis, carbunculosis, purulent abscesses (abscesses);
- burns, frostbite, pressure ulcers of the skin;
- varicose and trophic ulcers;
- thrombophlebitis, obliterating endarteritis of the lower extremities;
- inflammation of the lymph nodes and blood vessels;
- wet, non-healing calluses.
Traditional medicine expands the range of application of this remedy, recommending it for use in acne, sinusitis, hemorrhoids, mastitis, and some gynecological diseases. Basically, the ointment is used in the form of compresses, dressings, and tampons. The only contraindication of the remedy is individual intolerance.
The use of Vishnevsky ointment for boils
With furunculosis, the agent is used only when the formation of the abscess is completed, and there are tendencies to heal. Application at the stage of infiltration and formation can exacerbate the pathological process and involve surrounding tissues in it. For procedures, gauze folded four times is used, on which a small amount of ointment is applied. The resulting compress is applied to a ripe boil and covered with polyethylene or compress paper on top. After 10-12 hours, the compress is removed, the skin is wiped with a soft paper towel and alcohol. The procedure is repeated daily until complete healing.
Ointment Vishnevsky with sinusitis
Vishnevsky’s ointment is used for non-started forms of sinusitis to suppress the development of pathogenic bacteria and improve the outflow of mucus from the maxillary sinuses. To do this, for 20-30 days daily for half an hour, gauze turundas soaked in a mixture of the following components, taken equally:
- Vishnevsky ointment;
- aloe juice;
- cyclamen root juice;
- Kalanchoe juice.
Application of Vishnevsky’s ointment for acne
Vishnevsky’s ointment helps to quickly relieve inflammation, disinfects and dries acne. It is recommended to apply a piece of gauze soaked in ointment to the areas with rashes at night (adhesive plaster can be glued on top). You can also apply the ointment pointwise to acne without gauze.