Description: Zinc oxide has astringent, soothing and protective properties and is used in topical preparations for eczema, slight excoriations, wounds and haemorrhoids. It also reflects ultraviolet radiation and can be used as a physical sunscreen.

  • Treatment and prevention of diaper rash. It can also be used to treat minor skin irritations (eg, cuts, burns, and scrapes, poison ivy) by providing a skin barrier to prevent and help heal skin irritation.

How to use zinc oxide 

  • Always refer to your doctors instructions before taking this medication. Duration and dosage will be determined by your medical condition and its response to the medication. Make sure to take this medication in the prescribed amount and time period even after symptoms disappear. Discontinuing the medication before completion of treatment may cause incomplete treatment of condition. If Symptoms persist, consult your doctor.

Minor side effects (if these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor)

  • Worsening of diaper rash

Serious side effects (inform your doctor immediately)

  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Skin rash
  • Inform your doctor.
    • Allergy to the medication or any allergies.
  • For external use only. Do not use in or near the eyes.
  • When treating diaper rash, instruct caregiver to discontinue use of zinc oxide and consult a physician if the rash becomes very red, raw, has blisters, pustules, pus, peeling areas or crusty patches, is located primarily in skin creases, lasts longer than a few days, or the baby also has a fever, diarrhea, or strong smelling urine.


If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.


  • Room temperature
  • Do not expose to light and moisture
  • Do not store in the bathroom
  • Keep all medications away from pets and children



Available Brands

  • Rashfree [ Pediatrica ]

Also marketed as

  • Desitin [ Johnson & Johnson ]
  • Spectraban 19 [ Stiefel ]
  • United Home Zinc Oxide [ United Lab ]

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