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Gold Bond Medication for Rashes

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author image Caroline Thompson
Caroline Thompson is a professional photojournalist who has been working for print and online publications since 1999. Her work has appeared in the "Sacramento Bee," "People Magazine," "Newsweek" and other publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in photojournalism from California State University at Hayward and a personal trainer certification from the university's Health and Fitness Institute.
Gold Bond Medication for Rashes
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Everyone will suffer from life’s little itches or irritations at one time or another. Gold Bond products have been relieving itchy dry skin and rashes for over 100 years. Their products are known for their quality and fast symptom relief. They have medicated powders and lotions that treat rashes from head to toe.

Types

Gold Bond has four types of medicated powders used to treat rashes. Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder and Extra Strength Medicated Powder cool and soothe many types of itchy rashes, including poison oak and ivy. Gold Bond Foot Powder and Baby Powder target rashes in specific areas.

Gold Bond Body Lotion and Extra Strength Body Lotion soothe and relieve rashes and protect and moisturize the skin. They have an anti-itch cream and lotion that are helpful additions to any first aid kit. Their lotion line includes two foot creams: Gold Bond Foot Cream and Pain Relieving Foot Cream.

Rashes

Gold Bond medicated powders and lotions alleviate some of the symptoms of poison ivy, oak, allergic contact rashes from hair dyes and skin care products. Other medical conditions that produce rashes such as psoriasis and exema can be treated with Gold Bond products to help reduce redness and itching. Athletes have used Gold Bond for years to treat jock itch and athletes foot; both are forms of rashes that are uncomfortable and can spread.

Active Ingredients

The two active ingredients in Gold Bond’s medicated products are menthol (0.8 percent) and zinc oxide (1.0 percent). Menthol is used to relieve minor pain and is a topical analgesic. Zinc oxide is used to treat skin irritations and rashes.

The Anti-Itch Cream active ingredients include pramoxine hydrochloride (1 percent) for pain relief and menthol (1 percent) for itching.

Other ingredients used in varying amounts, depending on the product, include talcum powder, chamomile, lavender (to sooth skin), eucalyptol, salicylic acid, water, glycerin and petrolatum.

Uses

The AAD recommends topical moisturizers that have salicylic acid for removing skin scales and locking in moisture for those suffering from psoriasis. Gold Bond products have a variety of moisturizers and include salicylic acid in their medicated products. Gold Bond’s two main active ingredients (menthol and zinc oxide) are used to treat irritations, burning, itching and discomfort associated with rashes. Gold Bond Baby Powder is used to prevent and treat diaper rash, jock itch and athlete's foot. Besides treating the rash, the medicated powder absorbs moisture and helps prevent new outbreaks.

Precautions

Menthol lotion can interact with certain drugs, it is important to check with the pharmacist or doctor if you are taking any medications. Pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding should consult their doctors before using any medicated products.

In a study by the University of North Carolina's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (UNCA), investigators found trace amounts of lead in Gold Bond’s Medicated Baby Powder. Lead does not absorb through the skin, but it is dangerous when inhaled or ingested. The report was last updated in August of 2009, and UNCA's Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is working with companies to get them to remove lead from their products.

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