Popular among Ukrainians antiviral drug was not only ineffective but also can cause problems, warn doctors
Oxolinic ointment is a popular tool among Ukrainians: it is used for the treatment of herpes, colds, flu and other illnesses. But practitioners are skeptical about therapeutic potential of this medium. In addition, many people just use it incorrectly.
What does one do with oxolinic ointment? Lubricate the nasal passages. But doctors stress that this ointment is unsuitable for application to the nasal mucosa as the main component of ointments dry it out and thus increases the risk of infection.
Additionally, the petroleum jelly contained in oxolinic ointment, attracts dust, with which in the body, can penetrate extremely hazardous substances.
It is believed that oxolinic ointment increases the body’s ability to fight infections. This drug has the ability to stimulate the body’s production of interferon, a protein that fights viruses. At first glance, this is good. But doctors warn that the artificial stimulation of production of interferon, which is a complex cellular process can lead to depletion of cells. This may result in a longer duration of disease and its more serious complications.
Experts point to the fact that during the use of oxolinic ointment never conducted research, allowing to evaluate its real effectiveness. The positive experience of the use of materials has more to do with the placebo effect, experts say.
In science and medical practice is well known this phenomenon: if the patient to give a neutral substance, but to present it as exclusively effective, the patient will feel an improvement in their condition. On this effect and keeps the popularity of oxolinic ointment, and at the same time and attributed to her healing abilities, spoke clinicians.