I’ve been meaning to post this for some time now…
My 6-year old son has mild eczema on his face, particularly in winter, when his face gets chapped and windburned, leading to a rash. Our pediatrician prescribed a number of hydrocortisone-based creams that were marginally effective.
Some time ago, however, my wife started putting Bag Balm on my son’s face, and it seems to be very effective. I was concerned about the “VETERINARY USE ONLY” label, but my wife (who is a nurse, BTW) continued to use it. After all, she reasoned, it’s in all of the drug stores. Not to mention, a lot of people are using it.
Anyway, I finally looked up some info about the safety of the stuff. According the container, the active ingredients are “8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% in a petrolatum, lanolin base.”
I looked up the active ingredient, and found the following info:
Now I’m more than a little concerned. The pure form of the active ingredient may be a carcinogen in animals and a mutagen in humans! Now, Bag Balm only contains a 0.3% concentration, but…
So my question is: Is Bag Balm safe for humans?