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One occasionally encounters a patient who has a hypersensitivity to olive oil and therefore gives a reaction to the standard calamine liniment. For several years it has been my custom to use for extremely hypersensitive patients a modified calamine liniment made with heavy liquid petrolatum. In doubtful cases I have prescribed both forms, instructing the patients to use one on one side of the body and the other on the opposite side.
In Boston there has been an extreme shortage of olive oil due to wartime restrictions. It has been necessary, therefore, to use liquid petrolatum. However, considerable difficulty has been experienced by some pharmacists in preparing the mixture. For this reason it is my custom to give the patient a typewritten prescription containing instructions for mixing, as follows:
DOWNING JG. A MODIFIED CALAMINE LINIMENT. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1946;54(1):67. doi:10.1001/archderm.1946.01510360071014