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Povidone Iodine Solution, (Betadine® or Similar)



Antiseptic solutions should not be confused with antiseptic scrubs, discussed in another record. A scrub is an antiseptic mixed with a soap and is intended for scrubbing or cleaning but is never left on the skin. A solution is simply the disinfectant chemical itself and is water based. If you try to scrub skin with a solution, there will be no lather.

Povidone-iodine solution is a tissue friendly antiseptic solution that has been used for decades as a wound cleaner and general antiseptic. It should be diluted to a tea color (about 1:20) to flush wounds. It can be sponged onto or sprayed onto suspected fungal or bacterial skin infections. It can be left on the skin safely and provides a residual antibacterial effect.

Do not confuse this water-based iodine product with strong iodine, which is alcohol-based.


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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP


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