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How do you use magnesium sulphate paste?

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Magnesium sulphate paste B.P is an ointment applied externally on the skin to treat infections and boils, and it must be properly stirred prior to its use. Apply the paste topically to the affected area, and cover it with a dressing. If the symptoms persist, use the paste as per the instructions given by the doctor.

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The active ingredients of magnesium sulphate paste B.P are glycerol, 0.49 percent phenol and 47.76 percent dried magnesium sulphate. This paste has to be stored at temperatures below 25 degrees Celsius. It should not be used if the patient is allergic to any of its ingredients. The quantity of the paste applied to an affected area is the same in adults, children and the elderly. The medicine infrequently causes side effects, but the patient should consult a physician if any side effects occur.

Magnesium sulphate glycerol paste is also called "magnoplasm," and it is effective in the treatment of boils, whitlows and carbuncles. It is also used to remove thorns, splinters and other foreign bodies. Boils are caused predominately by bacterial infections in hair follicles. Magnesium sulphate paste reduces the size of boils and prevents further infection. The boil should be drained by a physician before the paste is applied.

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