Ordinary pus pimples are easy to pop and heal on their own. However, if there is a deeper inflammation under the skin, a painful infection can result. At this point, Zugsalbe should be a proven home remedy.
Zugsalbe is usually made from shale oil and contains ammonium bituminosulphate: an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and circulation-enhancing active ingredient. But what is even more important: It accelerates the healing process by literally “pulling” the focus of inflammation to the surface of the skin, so that the pus can drain off more easily. Zugsalbe should therefore be used primarily to treat mild inflammation (such as pimples under the skin and ingrown hairs), but also for purulent abscesses – with the latter, however, you must pay attention to a few important points. What these are and how to use the ointment correctly is summarized in more detail below.
Mode of action: This is what a pulling ointment promises
Regardless of which ointment you choose – the effect is always the same. A widespread classic is : It softens the skin and makes it permeable so that the pus can drain. At the same time, it has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect on the infection. In other words, not only the focus of inflammation is combated by the treatment, but also the spread of the germs contained therein. In addition, the pulling ointment also has a pain-relieving function and reduces itching. And that’s not all: Ichtholan stimulates blood circulation to speed up the healing process. The same applies to other manufacturers such as Winthrop or Infectopharm, who use the same active ingredient (ammonium bituminosulfonate) in their ointment. They all offer their products in two different strengths: 20 percent and 50 percent.
Depending on how far advanced the inflammation is and how deep it is under the skin, a lighter or stronger dosage of the draw ointment is recommended.
How to properly apply a traction ointment
Mild inflammations such as underground pimples, ingrown hairs and also razor bumps can be treated with a pulling ointment – or smaller injuries under the skin such as splinters. In the initial phase, one is enough already gone, but if the infection is stronger, it is better to use a higher concentration of active ingredient. The best way to use it is as follows:
Apply the black ointment thinly and selectively to the inflamed area with a cotton swab.
Put a large band-aid over the wound to keep the ointment from contaminating your clothes or bed linen.
Wash your hands after and before each treatment so that you do not transfer new germs to the wound.
Change the bandage daily and wash off the remnants of the traction ointment with warm water before using new ones.
Repeat this process several times as it can take three to five days for the pus to surface.
Important: The ointment should never come into contact with your mucous membranes or your eyes.
Treating abscesses: This is important to note
In principle, Zugsalbe is also suitable for the treatment of abscesses. This is a collection of pus under the skin around which a capsule-like membrane forms to protect the body from infection. Abscesses of pus can form anywhere: under the armpits, in the genital area or on the buttocks. Therefore, they are very uncomfortable, painful – and dangerous if left untreated and result in blood poisoning. Therefore, it is advisable to consult a doctor without fail if:
- the abscess is particularly large or deep under the skin
- the abscess is on the face or near the head
- the abscess has become very infected and is causing a lot of pain (an antibiotic may be needed)
However, if the abscess is still in the early stages, you can treat it with a treat as described above so that the pus can drain faster.
Does Zugsalbe have any known side effects?
Normally, the use of Zugsalbe is completely harmless – but it can happen that some people have an allergic reaction to it: If your skin starts to burn or itch after the treatment, you should wash the ointment off immediately with warm water. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is not recommended to use it. If in doubt, you can also ask your doctor for advice in advance. Otherwise no side effects of Zugsalben are known.
Note: This article contains general information and cannot replace a visit to a doctor.
There is more information here.