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Acetic acid

INFORMATION

Uses

Acetic acid is used to prevent infections.

How it works

Acetic acid belongs to the class of medications called antibacterial and antifungal agents. It works by maintaining the pH thereby preventing the growth of bacteria and fungi. As a gel, it works by maintaining the pH in the vagina thereby restoring the normal vaginal acidity.

Common side effects

Allergy, Burning sensation, Tingling sensation, Irritation

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

No medicine available

Expert advice

  • Seek medical attention if you experience any signs of allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Avoid contact with eyes. Rinse thoroughly in case of accidental contact.
  • When using for external ear canal infection, do not use acetic acid if you have a hole in your ear drum. Clean your ear properly to remove any wax before application of the medication to allow contact with the infected areas.
  • Continue using acetic acid for the prescribed time even if the symptoms disappear, as stopping the medication too early may allow the bacteria to grow again.
  • When using for maintaining vaginal pH, you may be monitored for vaginal toxicity during the treatment with acetic acid.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to acetic acid or any of its ingredient.
  • Do not take if having perforated or ruptured ear drum.


Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)