Antiseptic cleanser against a wide range of harmful germs on the skin. It is a rinse-off formulation for hand washing as well as a skin cleanser prior to surgical procedures.
Both antiseptics and disinfectants prevent the growth of disease-causing micro-organisms.30 The main difference between the two is that disinfectants are usually used on inanimate objects (e.g. tables, floors, chairs) and antiseptics are more suitable for human skin.30
Antiseptics are used as a treatment for cuts, scratches, burns, grazes or other injuries where the skin is broken, or as a preventive measure before piercing the skin (e.g. getting an ear piercing, having an injection or undergoing surgery). For this very reason, BETADINE® has a wide range of antiseptic dosage forms for your different needs.14
Like any medicinal product, there has to be a balance between effectiveness and the safety profile of the healthy skin. You should not use an antiseptic that kills all germs, but in the process causes a skin reaction or affects wound healing. On the other hand, an antiseptic that is gentle on the skin or on wounds but does not kill a wide range and amount of germs will not prevent infection and may even prolong the wound healing process.31
To protect yourself as much as possible from infection, you need to choose one that kills a large number of germs at the same time. BETADINE® antiseptics provide sustained germ-killing action and are effective against all three main groups of germs (bacteria, viruses and fungi).13 It kills them all at once. On the other hand, not all other antiseptics have such a broad range of efficacy on bacteria, fungi or viruses.25 Alcohol dries too quickly, providing only temporary coverage.37
Water does not increase or reduce the risk of infection.39 To prevent infection, you first need to remove physical debris lodged in flesh, wash wound and then apply an antiseptic like BETADINE® that is used to kill surface germs and protect from infection.27
Additionally, the use of tap water to cleanse the wound is not recommended where a constant supply of potable drinking water is not available.39
BETADINE® has broad microbicidal activity and rapidly kills all pathogens.25 Chlorhexidine has limited activity against pathogenic organisms. Moreover, it is resistant to some species like Proteus, Serratia and Pseudomonas.34 Chlorhexidine activity is also reduced in the presence of blood and other organic matter and it is inactivated by soap and hard water.35
BETADINE® is an antiseptic, not an antibiotic so it is unlikely to make you more resistant to antibiotic treatments.33,38 Antibiotics generally only act on susceptible germs, whilst BETADINE® contains povidone-iodine that acts on a broad spectrum of germs that cause wound infection.32 These germs are killed before they have an opportunity to modify.
The main reason for using antiseptics on wounds is to prevent and treat infections, making the healing process faster.32 Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition.
The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin.6
If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For synthetic fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.6,25
CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.
Research has shown that the povidone-iodine (PVPI) in BETADINE® has efficacy after 30 seconds against a large range of germs like bacteria, fungi and viruses.1,2 Therefore it has proven efficacy on a large number of germs and a rapid mode of action.13,16 Unlike other antimicrobial agents, no clinically significant episodes of resistance have been reported.25
In case of an emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver, so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries at home. Here are some suggested items you can include:36
- absorbent compress dressings
- adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- adhesive cloth tape
- antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® Antiseptic Ointment)
- bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE® Antiseptic Solution)
- pain medication
- blanket (space blanket)
- breathing barrier with a one way valve
- instant cold compress
- pairs of non-latex gloves
- hydrocortisone ointment packets
- roller bandages
- sterile gauze pads
- oral thermometer
- first aid instruction booklet
Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also remember to regularly check the expiry dates on your products and replace when necessary. Keep a list of everything in your first aid kit to make it easier for restocking.
Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® due to the potential risks to the foetus. There is a possible chance that the foetus may be at risk of hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.A,B
When administering to babies and infants, it may be required to monitor their thyroid function.
People allergic to iodine, with hyper function of the thyroid or other manifested thyroid diseases should not use BETADINE®.A,B