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What Is Biafine?

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Biafine is a topical prescription medication that is used to moisturize the skin following an injury such as a burn, a surgical wound, or a minor abrasion. This medication is considered to be non-toxic and is composed primarily of herbal ingredients, thus reducing the risks of adverse reactions. This emollient is typically applied to the affected area of skin at least once daily and may then be covered with a sterile dressing, although exact instructions will be provided by the medical staff. Possible side effects of biafine include burning or stinging, increased skin irritation, or allergic reactions. Any individualized questions or concerns about the use of biafine should be discussed with the supervising physician.

Damaged skin tissue often requires added moisture in order to heal properly. Biafine helps to moisturize the skin and to hold in this moisture to prevent the skin cells from becoming dry and flaky. Another benefit of this medication is that it also acts as a barrier against bacteria and other pathogens. The use of biafine is thought to trigger the body's natural antibacterial properties and helps to speed up the healing process.

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Surgical wounds and burns are among the the most common reasons a doctor may prescribe biafine, although it may be used for other purposes as well. Minor abrasions or diaper rashes that do not respond well to other methods of treatment may be treated with this medication. Radiation therapy, often used as a form of cancer treatment, can sometimes cause radiation burns that may benefit from the use of this drug. In some cases, a doctor may recommend the use of this medication for the treatment of sunburn, scrapes, or other types of skin irritation.

In most cases, biafine is applied to moist skin, although some conditions may require that the skin be dry before application. If a wound dressing is necessary, this medication is usually applied each time the dressing is changed. Exact instructions vary according to the individual situation, so a doctor or pharmacist should be consulted with any questions.

As the primary ingredients of biafine are herbal in nature, side effects are relatively rare. A mild burning or stinging sensation may be felt when the medication is applied, but this is usually temporary. Possible signs of an allergic reaction that should be reported to a doctor right away include swelling of the face or throat, chest pain, or difficulty breathing.

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anon240556
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I have just used biafine for the first time on my legs as a moisturizer and had to race to the shower in 20 seconds flat! The skin rose in welts and red blotches and tingles and swelling. There ought to be more of a warning about this product. Thanks, Alison

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