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Chlorhexidine Gluconate Topical



Chlorhexidine gluconate topical is used to disinfect the skin before any medical procedures, to treat minor scalds, burns, scratches, abrasions, cuts, blisters caused due to sunburn or infected and cracked skin. It is also used to treat inflamed gums (gingivitis), mild inflammation and redness of the oral mucous membrane that occurs beneath a denture (denture stomatitis), infection caused by candida fungus (oral thrush) and management of recurrent oral ulceration. 

How it works

Chlorhexidine gluconate belongs to a class of medication called as antiseptic. It acts by killing as well as preventing bacterial growth. It kills bacteria by interacting with its cell surface.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Skin redness


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Expert advice

Avoid contact with eyes and ears. If the solution comes into contact with your eyes, rinse well with water.
Do not use chlorhexidine gluconate cutaneous solutions on open skin wounds, broken or damaged skin or inside the ear.
For treatment of oral thrush and ulceration, treatment should be continued for 48 hours after the symptoms are resolved.
Consult your doctor immediately if you develop itchy, red, dry or inflamed skin rashes.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions

Chlorhexidine Gluconate Topical

Q.Does chlorhexidine gluconate topical cause burning?
Chlorhexidine gluconate topical is generally not known to burn. Consult your doctor in case of any side effects.
Q.Is chlorhexidine gluconate topical an antibiotic/antifungal/cure acne/cause cancer/good for canker sores?
Chlorhexidine gluconate topical is not antibiotic/antifungal. It is not used for curing acne and it does not cause cancer. Mild to moderate Canker sores (small and shallow ulcers of the mouth can be controlled by using chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash.
Q.Is chlorhexidine gluconate topical an over the counter or prescription only drug? 
Chlorhexidine gluconate topical is an over the counter drug and not a prescription drug.
Q.Does chlorhexidine gluconate topical whiten teeth/contain iodine/stain teeth? 
Chlorhexidine gluconate topical is not used to whiten teeth. It does not contain iodine. It may stain the teeth slightly but this may be removed by brushing with a normal toothpaste.
Q.Does chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash expire? 
Chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash has an expiry date. It should not be used beyond that date.

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