Povidone Iodine

Information about Povidone Iodine

Povidone Iodine Uses

Povidone Iodine is used to prevent Wound infection.

How Povidone Iodine works

Povidone Iodine is an antiseptic. It kills harmful infection causing microorganisms. This is how it works to prevent and treat infections.

Common side effects of Povidone Iodine

Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness)
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Expert advice for Povidone Iodine

  • Povidone Iodine is an antiseptic that helps treat and prevent infections.
  • Apply a small amount to the affected area after cleaning it properly.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and nose. In case of accidental contact, rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Do not use it on burnt, broken or inflamed skin.

Frequently asked questions for Povidone Iodine

Povidone Iodine

Q. Can I put Povidone Iodine on an open wound?

Povidone Iodine can be used as an antiseptic to treat or prevent infections in wounds such as ulcers, small burns or cuts, and other minor injuries. However, take special care if you are applying Povidone Iodine on open large wounds or where the skin is broken like burns. The reason being there may be a risk of excessive absorption of iodine in the blood which may increase to toxic levels.

Q. Will Povidone Iodine solution stain my skin or clothes?

Povidone Iodine has a natural golden brown color which stains the area where you have applied it. It does not however, permanently stain your skin and fingernails. The stain can be easily removed from your clothes with soap and water.

Q. Where can Povidone Iodine be used?

Povidone Iodine is used in the treatment and prevention of infection in wounds including cuts, small areas of burn, ulcers and minor injuries. Do not use this medicine on deep wounds and clean surgical wounds.

Q. How should Povidone Iodine solution be applied to an injury?

Clean the affected area and apply a small amount of the medicine to it. You can then cover it with a sterile bandage. You can apply this medicine 1 to 3 times daily. However, do not use it for longer than 1 week.

Q. Can Povidone Iodine affect thyroid function?

Using Povidone Iodine over a large area or for a long time may sometimes cause problems with your thyroid. Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction include weight loss, increased appetite, sweating, lack of energy, and weight gain. If you notice such symptoms, contact your doctor who may advise you to stop using Povidone Iodine.

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