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Blue Star Ointment Precautions

By Molly Smith ; Updated July 27, 2017

Blue Star Ointment has been used for decades to treat the pain and itching associated with various skin ailments including athlete’s foot, eczema, winter itch, cracked heels, insect bites and stings, ringworm, scalp and winter itch, as well as razor bumps, jock it and dry cuticles. According to the Blue Star Ointment website, the product is a “medicine chest in a jar.” The ointment’s active ingredient is camphor, and is steroid- and cortisone-free.

Sensitive Skin Precaution

It is possible that Blue Star Ointment may irritate sensitive skin because of the potent formula used to ensure product effectiveness. Test the product on a small area of skin for sensitivity. If no irritation develops, use the product per normal instructions. If there is some irritation, dilute the ointment using one part petroleum jelly to one part Blue Star Ointment. If the irritation persists, discontinue use and call a doctor.

Age Precaution

Blue Star Ointment is fine for adult use and for children over 2. Never use on children under 2 years of age. When using the ointment on children, it is best to dilute it with petroleum jellly because of the powerful concentration of the effective ingredients, which include benzoic acid, methyl salicylate, camphor and salicylic acid.

Other Precautions

Never use Blue Star Ointment on or near the eyes, nose, mouth or mucus membranes. If the product is swallowed, call the Poison Control Center immediately and follow any instructions given. Allergic reactions are possible with Blue Star Ointment, as with any medication. If irritation occurs and persists, call a doctor.

Camphor Warning

Camphor, Blue Star Ointment’s active ingredient, is also used in products such as chest rubs and insect bites. Camphor has some side effects, such as skin redness and irritation. Never apply it to broken skin, as camphor is easily absorbed through injured skin and can reach toxic levels in the body. Seizures and death can occur from swallowing camphor. Children are more sensitive to camphor side effects, and the product should never be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding; the hazards of camphor for a pregnant or breast-feeding woman are unknown.

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