The generic name of Betadine is povidone/iodine. This cream is an antiseptic combination. It works by destroying the sensitive bacteria.
This combination drug is used for the treatment of minor wounds such as scrapes, cuts or burns and to help the prevention of mild skin infections. Wounds and minor skin infections may heal generally without the use of any drug, but some minor skin infections may heal quickly when an antiseptic is applied to the influenced area.
How To Use
Use this medicine only on the skin. Follow all the instructions mentioned on the drug package, or use as instructed by your druggist or doctor. Before using this medicine, wash your hands properly. This medicine should not enter the eyes or mouth. Wipe off the drug and rinse properly with water if this happens. Do not apply this medicine inside the nose until instructed by the doctor. Clean and dry the affected region as directed. If you are using the cream or ointment, take a small amount of medicine on skin, generally 1-3 times every day or as instructed by the doctor. Rub in gently if your doctor asks you to do so. If you are using the powder, take a light dusting of the powder on the affected area. Cover with a bandage if required. Wash your hands after using this medicine. Do not take this medicine in large amounts, use it for a longer duration than usual or apply it more frequently. Your medical condition may not improve quickly but will invite the side effects. This medicine should be taken regularly to gain the maximum advantages from it. Use it at the same time every day, so that it becomes easy for you to remember.
Redness, irritation or burning of the skin may occur. Tell your doctor instantly if any unlikely yet serious side effects take place: folliculitis, hearing issues, and balance problems, change in the urinal volume. Rarely, prolonged use of this medicine may cause fungal infection or a new bacterial skin infection. Consult your doctor if you observe any new unlikely skin signs such as swelling, scaling or hot skin while taking this medicine. A very serious hypersensitive reaction to this medicine is rare. Anyhow, seek instant medical help if you observe any symptoms of serious hypersensitivity: itching, skin rashes, severe dizziness, swollen tongue, face, throat or tongue and trouble breathing.
Before using this medicine, tell your doctor if you have any allergies to any of its inactive ingredients. Before the intake of this medicine, let your doctor your anamesis, especially of: other skin infections like eczema, viral skin conditions like cold sores, chickenpox, shingles. Tell your druggist or doctor about all the products you use before undergoing surgery.
Pregnancy And Betadine
During pregnancy, this medicine should be taken only when urgently required. Discuss the advantages and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy with your druggist or doctor. It is unknown whether this medicine passes into human milk. Contact your doctor prior breast-feeding.