Ichthammol is a foul reeking ammoniated coal tar product made from shale rock. Ammonium bituminosulfonate which is just another word for Ichthammol is extracted from sulfur rich oil shale stone by a action identified as dry distillation. In case you are wondering what is dry distillation, it a process of heating a solid to create a gas which is then condensed into liquid or a solid as in the case of oil shale rock used to create Ichthammol also called black drawing salve or ichthyol, Albichthyol.
Ichthammol ointment is not 100% pure Ammonium bituminosulfonate, it is in reality made up of about 10% or 20 % Ammonium bituminosulfonate mixed with several herb, oils or waxes. This black pungent paste has a numerous uses as a natural cure for a variety of skin injuries and conditions. Please do not confuse or associate Black drawing salve with some of the rumors you might have learned about it being a topical cancer cure. While there is many positive anecdotal evidence to backup the claims there is no institutional evidence to support this kind of efficacy and those salves are of a different concoction and are of as corrosive nature. Ichthammol ointment can be utilized to draw out splinters, relieve painful insect bites and stings, treat boils, carbuncles, abscesses, mild fungal infections of the skin such as athletes foot, eczema or psoriasis and acne, as well as a treatment for poison ivy exposure. It is used also as a soothing ointment for animals with wounds, dry hooves, inflammations or skin irritations.
There are no identified detrimental side effects by using drawing salve ichthammol ointment even when used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. Neither is it known to affect other medicines. However a protective covering should be placed over the applied area to avoid staining clothes, cloths and bed linen. This soil can be extremely difficult to remove. Avoid physical contact of ichthammol salve with mucous membranes, such as the eyes. It should never be taken internally. It should not be used in deep wounds. Avoid use if you are hypersensitive to any of the elements
Ichthammol ointment 20% is usually recommended as this is considered the most effectual preparation. However, there is a weaker preparation of 10% Ammonium bituminosulfonate. When using ichthammol ointment clean the area first with warm and soapy water of wipe the area with either hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohols solution. Then apply a dab of ichthammol ointment to the area and cover with a bandage and leave over night repeat as frequently as is needed to remedy the condition. However if the condition prevails for too long e.g over three days seek the help of a physician. The salve can be applied 1-3 times a day, or as directed by your physician.