Ichthammol cream

Ichthammol cream - Precautions | Side Effects

This article was medically reviewed by M.Pharm, Marko Tanaskovic on Sun, 12 Jan 2020. To read more about an author, click here.

Ichthammol is an oily substance that is produced by dry distillation of bituminous schists. It has antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Because of these effects, ichthammol is commonly contained in many dermatological preparations used for treatment of dermatitis, itchy skin and genital or anal irritation. It is also used to relieve symptoms of eczema.

It is registered in Australia under trading name: Egoderm Cream. This cream is manufactured by Ego Pharmaceuticals Proprietary Limited.


You should not use Ichthammol 1% cream if you have had an allergic reaction to ichthammol or similar substances, or if you ever had any allergic reaction to topical preparations.

If this is the first time you are using Ichthammol 1% cream, you should apply small amount on the affected skin and wait for 10-20 minutes to see how your skin and body will react. If you notice any symptoms of an allergic reaction (redness of the skin, skin rash or difficulty breathing), you should contact your doctor immediately.

Ichthammol is generally well-tolerated and is not expected to cause any serious adverse reactions. In case you notice any side effects, you should inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Avoid applying Ichthammol 1% cream on healthy skin, as it might cause irritation. Please note that this cream can stain your clothes, so avoid direct contact of the cream with your clothes.

Keep this cream on dry place, under 30 Celsius degrees. Keep it out of the reach of children.

Avoid direct contact with the eyes, and if you accidentally apply this cream on the eyes, you should visit your ophthalmologist.


Ichthammol is available in few pharmaceutical forms: cream and ointment. Ichthammol cream has 1% of the active substance and should be applied to the affected skin three times a day.

Your doctor will tell you how to use this cream. Do not use this cream, unless your doctor recommended it.

Ichthammol 1% cream is intended only for use on skin. If you accidentally swallow this cream, you must visit your doctor immediately.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Unfortunately, there are no data on use of Ichthammol 1% cream in pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, therefore, you should not use this cream unless your doctor tells you so.


It is not known whether ichthammol interacts with other drugs or not. If you are using other topical preparations (creams, gels, or ointments) you should consult your doctor.

Side Effects

Ichthammol 1% cream might cause skin irritation. As with any other drugs, this one can also cause allergic reaction. If you are not sure if you are allergic to ichthammol, consult with your doctor.

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