We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Uses of Collagenase Ointment?

By Jacquelyn Gilchrist
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Collagenase ointment is a topical medication that is prescribed to accelerate the healing of ulcers or burns on the skin. It is an enzymatic debriding agent, which means that it works by breaking down dead skin tissue. This allows an antibiotic treatment to work more efficiently.

Before using the ointment, patients should carefully cleanse the affected skin with saline or as directed by their physicians. Those who are also using a topical antibiotic should apply it to the cleansed, dry skin. A doctor may instruct patients to apply the ointment to a sterile gauze pad or directly to the injured skin. The bandage can then be secured to the area and patients should wash their hands thoroughly. Patients are typically prescribed one dose daily.

Some side effects may occur with the use of collagenase ointment for burns or skin ulcers, which should be reported to the prescribing physician if they become severe. Patients may experience temporary irritation or redness on the skin surrounding the area. This effect may be lessened by avoiding contact of the ointment with healthy skin. A burning sensation or pain may also occur with this drug.

More serious side effects should be reported to the doctor immediately. As the dead skin cells break up, the patient has a greater risk of developing an infection. Signs of sepsis, or a serious infection, can include rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, and weakness. It can also cause a fever with chills and unusually warm skin. Some patients may experience an allergic reaction to collagenase ointment, which may present with swelling of the facial area, problems breathing, and severe dizziness.

Special precautions should be followed while using collagenase ointment. As of 2011, the safety and efficacy of its use by children has not yet been established. Patients should avoid using any cleansing agents or any other topical applications to the injured skin unless directed to do so by their physicians. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should discuss possible risks with their doctors before using the medication.

Before using collagenase ointment, patients must disclose their other medical conditions to their doctors, as well as any other medications or supplements they are taking. It may be inappropriate for people who are generally in poor health to use the ointment. Patients should disclose their allergies, including any allergies to foods. Medications or other products that contain silver or mercury may interact with collagenase ointment.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.