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Betadine® Antiseptic First Aid Products
(Antiseptic Cream, Solution, Spray, and Dry Powder Spray)
A: Betadine Antiseptic products have been used by health care professionals for over 50 years to help reduce a variety of germs that may cause infection. Betadine has been sold as a consumer first aid product for over 25 years.
A: The main reason for using antiseptics on minor wounds is to help prevent infections, supporting the healing process. Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition. Please consult your physician immediately if you have any concerns or suspect an infection.
A: Betadine First Aid products are generally safe for daily use for up to 1 week as described in the product directions. If the condition persists or gets worse, or if you need to use Betadine® Antiseptic First Aid products for more than 1 week, stop usage and consult your physician.
A: Gently clean the affected area. Apply your preferred Betadine First Aid product to the affected area. The wound may be covered by a sterile bandage. If bandaged, let solution dry first. Always follow the specific directions of your preferred Betadine product.
A: The active ingredient in Betadine First Aid products, povidone iodine, is naturally a golden-brown color. It will not permanently stain your skin, although you can see where it has been applied.
A: Betadine will not permanently stain your skin, although you can see where it has been applied. If you accidentally get Betadine First Aid products on natural fibers it can usually be washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibers, Betadine First Aid products can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.
Betadine® Antiseptic Sore Throat Gargle
A: A small amount may be swallowed during gargling. If more than is used for gargling is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
A: Betadine Sore Throat Gargle should not be used by anyone who is allergic to povidone-iodine or any other ingredients in this product. It should also not be used by anyone who has a thyroid condition. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle is also not to be used by children under 12. If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health care professional before use.
A: No. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle is indicated for the temporary relief of occasional sore throat. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 7 days.
A: No, Betadine Sore Throat Gargle does not stain the teeth. The natural brown color is due to povidone-iodine, the active ingredient in Betadine Sore Throat Gargle. Betadine Sore Throat Gargle may stain dentures, braces, and some dental work.
A: For adults and children 12 years and older, Betadine Sore Throat Gargle may be used up to 4 times daily for up to 7 days. Do not use this product for children under 12 years old. Make sure to spit out the product after gargling. Do not swallow it.
A: If you accidentally get Betadine Sore Throat Gargle on natural fibers, it can usually be washed off with soap and water. For man-made fibers, Betadine Sore Throat Gargle can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.