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Allantoin is a topical agent primarily used in the treatment of common skin issues such as scaly, itchy skin and minor skin irritation problems like diaper rash, minor cuts and burns, as well as for burns due to radiation therapy.

How to Use Allantoin

Use product as directed by your physician or follow directions carefully on product packaging. Depending on specific product you may need to shake before use. Apply to target areas of skin as needed or as directed by your doctor. If hands are the target area for usage of the product, product may need to be reapplied after each handwashing. In the case of diaper rash, thoroughly clean the target area and allow proper time for drying before applying product.

Potential Side Effects

Allantoin is an emollient and most custom drug emollients generally have few side effects if any at all for most people; however side effects are possible. Some users may experience irritation, redness, burning and/or stinging which may go away after treatment continues, but if the aforementioned side effects persist or worsen, contact your physician for a consultation. Contact your physician right away if any of the following side effects occur:

Unusual Sudden Changes in Skin Such as:

  • Turning Soggy from Wetness
  • Turning Unusually White, or Soft

Severe Allergic Reaction:

  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Swelling
  • Dizziness


Use of allantoin may worsen problems with acne so consult your physician regarding treatment options. Anyone allergic to any specific ingredients within allantoin should not use allantoin. While it is unclear as to whether allantoin can pass into breast milk, do not breast feed before consulting with your physician.

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