Hirudoid: what it is for and how to use it

Hirudoid is a topical medicine, available in ointment and gel, which has mucopolysaccharide acid in its composition, indicated for the treatment of inflammatory processes, such as purple spots, phlebitis or thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, boils or in the breasts, in cases of mastitis.

The ointment or gel can be purchased at pharmacies, without the need for a prescription.

What is it for

Hirudoid in ointment or gel, has anti-inflammatory, anti-exudative, anticoagulant, antithrombotic, fibrinolytic properties and is intended for the regeneration of connective tissue, especially of the lower limbs and, therefore, is indicated for the treatment and treatment aid of following situations:

  • Purple spots caused by trauma, bruising or surgery;
  • Phlebitis or thrombophlebitis in the superficial veins, after injection or puncture in the vein to collect blood;
  • Varicose veins in the legs;
  • Inflammation of the lymph vessels or lymph nodes;
  • Boils;
  • Mastitis.

If in any of these cases there are open wounds, it is recommended to apply Hirudoid in ointment, as the gel is not indicated for these situations.

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How to use

Hirudoid should be applied to the affected area, spreading gently about 3 to 4 times a day or as recommended by the doctor, until the symptoms disappear, which can take about 10 days to 2 weeks.

In the presence of painful ulcers or inflammation, especially in the legs and thighs, gauze pads can be used.

For treatments performed by a physiotherapist, such as phonophoresis or iontophoresis, Hirudoid gel is more suitable than ointment.

Possible side effects

Generally, Hirudoid is well tolerated, however, in rare cases, allergic reactions such as redness of the skin may occur.

Who should not use

Hirudoid is contraindicated for people with hypersensitivity to the components of the formula. In addition, this product should not be used by pregnant or lactating women without the doctor’s guidance.

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