Coal Tar

Coal Tar
Coal Tar



Coal Tar

Coal Tar

Coal tar is a byproduct of coal processing and has been used for many years to treat various skin conditions, including psoriasis and seborreric dermatitis. It is available in various forms, such as creams, ointments, shampoos, and lotions. Coal tar products help to reduce itching, inflammation, and scaling of the skin, providing relief to those suffering from these conditions.

Why Choose Coal Tar?

Coal tar products offer several advantages for individuals dealing with skin conditions, including

  • Reducing inflammation: Coal tar helps to alleviate redness and swelling by slowing the growth of skin cells and reducing the inflammation associated with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
  • Minimizing itching: Coal tar products can help relieve itching, a common symptom of skin conditions, by soothing the affected area and promoting the skin’s natural healing process.
  • Exfoliating dead skin cells: Coal tar is known to help remove scales and dead skin cells, which can contribute to the appearance of skin conditions.
  • Antifungal and antibacterial properties: Coal tar possesses antifungal and antibacterial properties that can help combat infections that may exacerbate skin conditions.

How to use Coal Tar?

Follow your healthcare provider’s instructions or the product label directions when using coal tar products. The application method will depend on the specific product and the condition being treated. For example:

  • For creams and ointments, apply a thin layer to the affected area, gently rubbing it into the skin as directed.
  • For shampoos, wet your hair and scalp, apply the shampoo, and gently massage it in. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

Avoid contact with eyes, and do not apply the product to open wounds, cuts, or irritated skin. Wash your hands after applying coal tar products.

Important Safety Information about Coal Tar

Before using coal tar products, it’s crucial to be aware of the safety information to ensure the proper and safe use of these treatments. Some essential safety tips and precautions are allergies or sensitivity, pregnancy, breastfeeding, sun exposure. Do not use on broken or infected skin and keep away from children.

Always consult your healthcare provider if you have any concerns or questions about using coal tar products or if you experience any unexpected side effects. Your healthcare provider can offer personalized advice based on your specific skin condition and overall health.

Fact Table of Coal Tar

Fact Fact Details
Product Type Topical treatment for skin conditions
Common Uses Psoriasis, eczema, dandruff, and other skin conditions with scaling, itching, or inflammation
Main Ingredient Coal tar
Mechanism of Action Slows skin cell growth, reduces inflammation, and alleviates itching
Application Ointments, creams, gels, shampoos, and soaps
Allergy Considerations Do not use if allergic to coal tar or any of its ingredients
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Concerns Consult with the healthcare provider before using
Storage Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture, and out of reach of children

Common Side Effects of Coal

While coal tar products are generally safe and effective for most people, some side effects may occur including

  • Skin irritation
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling

It’s essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and the product label directions to minimize the risk of side effects. If you have any concerns or questions about using coal tar products, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

How Can You Buy Coal?

You can order Coal using these methods on our website:

  1. Order Online
  2. Order by Phone
  3. Order by Fax
  4. Order your refills

Visit our How to order page.

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Dr. Conor Sheehy, PharmD, BCPS is a practicing clinical pharmacist that works in primary care. He supports other members of the healthcare team including physicians, mid-level providers, nurses, and other clinical staff. He also likes to use his drug knowledge to inform his patients and the public about the benefits and risks they can expect from their medications. His clinical specialties include: anticoagulation, diabetes management, and psychiatric care.
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