Therapeutic areaFormulary choicesCost (per pack size unless otherwise stated)Rationale for decision/comments
First-lineGreen cross Calamine with zinc oxide - suitable for self-careLotion: £1.38 (200ml)
Calamine in aqueous cream is non-formulary as
Aqueous cream is non-formulary. May cause skin irritation particularly in children with eczema, possibly due to sodium lauryl sulfate content. (MHRA December 2014)
Second-lineGreen cross ViraSoothe® Chickenpox Relief Cooling Gel - suitable for self-careGel: £3.34 (50g)
£4.86 (75g)
Tube. Contains glycerin, PEG-8, caprylyl glycol, sodium polyacrylate, carbomer, sodium hydroxide and water.

Menthol in aqueous cream as

Green cross Arjun® - suitable for self-care
0.5%: £15.30 (500g)
1%: £3.25 (100g), £15.30 (500g)
2%: £15.30 (500g)
Tub. Contains aqua, petrolatum, cetearyl alcohol, paraffinium liquidum, sodium lauryl sulfate, phenoxyethanol, menthol, propylparaben and methylparaben.

Contain aqueous cream and may cause skin irritation.