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Coal Tar Description

Some of those that are affected by plaque or scalp psoriasis or eczema have probably spent a lot of money for creams, lotions, ointments, and oral meds for these and other skin conditions but there is little or no improvement to your affected skin. Ask your doctor about Coal Tar solution, a keratolytic agent that has been used for treating certain skin conditions for decades. Unless you are using Coal Tar for scalp psoriasis, use a shower cap as hair may become stained.

Topical Treatment for Psoriasis and Eczema Flare-ups

Applying Coal Tar as directed will work to soften your skin and you can gently slough off or shed the dead cells from the plaques and areas affected by eczema. There are many different compounds in Coal Tar and how it works is not exactly clear. However, it appears to have mild antiseptic and anti inflammatory properties as well as being able to decrease the itchiness.

It is also possible that Coal Tar solution inhibits the DNA replication of the skin cells in order to slow down the production of new cells so the thick, scaly plaques are reduced. There is no cure for psoriasis or eczema, but Coal Tar solution can help to minimize the appearance of scales and red skin patches.

Conditions Treated by Coal Tar

Psoriasis is believed to be an autoimmune disease that causes a change in your skin cell cycle. Usually, skin cells will divide and replace themselves once a month. As the new cells are ready to emerge, the old cells die and begin to shed and fall off. If you have psoriasis, the new skin cells are being produced every 3-6 days while the old cells are not ready to leave yet. This causes the accumulation of cells that create the raised patches on your skin. Neither psoriasis or eczema are contagious, but they are long-term conditions that can clear or flare-up periodically.

Before You Use Coal Tar

Ask your doctor if Coal Tar is safe to apply if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and list any OTC or Rx drugs you currently use topically, including herbal remedies, to be certain there will be no adverse reactions.

Coal Tar Precautions

Coal Tar can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight so avoid tanning booths, sun lamps, and exposure to the sun for at least a day after your treatment. The contents of Coal Tar include many substances so it is difficult to know if you are allergic to any of them. If you feel discomfort and believe you are having an allergic reaction, wash the product from your skin immediately and talk to your doctor. Avoid using Coal Tar on your groin or rectal area. All medicinal products should be stored out of children’s reach and never shared with others.

Possible Side Effects of Coal Tar

  • Skin irritation
  • Stained hair or skin
  • Acne-like eruptions

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