Diaper Rash Expiry Dates are Important

Medicinal skin applications as well as other medical products should not be made ready for the market unless they have expiration dates.

Medical products are effective for many reasons and one of those is stability. A product cannot be properly measured without providing stable results. If you use a medicine that has expired, it is hard to calculate its benefits. It is the same with diaper rash ointment.

Diaper rash ointment is a general term for skin ointments and creams used to treat diaper rash. There are as many options of rash ointments as there are causes for the rash. If the cause of the rash is from bacteria or yeast, your doctor, clinician, or pharmacist might suggest Bactroban or Mycostatin to treat it. If your the rash is neither from bacteria nor yeast infection, they might suggest Destin.

Even the simplest of rash ointments is a chemical compound. Since diaper rash ointments are chemicals it is important that you use them carefully. Skin with diaper rash is not intact therefore the way the ointment will affect the area vary from when skin is intact. For example in broken skin you can end up with a higher ointment dose than you intended if you are not careful because more enters the body than would soak through unbroken skin. If you apply an expired drug onto broken or inflamed skin, the dose may be even higher.

Because medicines deteriorate or change over time, using one that has expired means that you believe it’s going to have one effect when it might actually have another one entirely. Now you have created a host of problems on top of the already inevitable side effects of the ointment. As example, Bactroban will sometimes cause a different type of a rash as a side effect whether it’s expired or not. With this already volatile medical cream, using it when it’s expired can have unforeseen consequences.  One has no idea how it might effect them.

Remember that applying ointments is just like taking medicine by mouth except in smaller doses. Therefore these ointments, just like oral medications, also get into the bloodstream. If you had an orange cough medicine on the shelf and it changed deep green, would you drink it? Why then would you be comfortable applying an ointment without knowing when it actually has expired?

People who use diaper rash ointments are already compromised due to having some kind of disease, problems with their immune system, or are young children with still-developing systems. One must be extremely cautious when giving medications to these high-risk categories. Also be sure to follow the storage instructions on the labels because there is no point in being cautious about expiration dates if the medicines are not stored correctly to keep them working properly.