Ichthammol ointment is used as a topical treatment for a variety of skin disorders, notes the United States National Institutes of Health. This salve is also frequently used in veterinary practice.
Ichthammol ointment, which is obtained from bituminous compounds, has known anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic properties. It has traditionally been used in treating psoriasis, leg wounds, seborrheic dermatitis, eczematous dermatitis and furuncles.
The 20 percent concentrated form of ichthammol ointment is also used to manage diseases in dogs and horses, according to Drugs.com. The salve provides a therapeutic effect for weak and easily broken hooves and nails. It functions by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, reducing swelling, drawing out infections and easing discomfort.