What is an antiseptic and how does it differ from a disinfectant?

Both antiseptics and disinfectants prevent the growth of disease-causing micro-organisms. The main difference between the two is that disinfectants are usually used on non-living things (e.g. tables, floors, chairs) and antiseptics are more suitable for human skin.36

Antiseptics are used as a treatment for cuts, scratches, burns, grazes or other injuries where the skin is broken, or as a preventative measure before piercing the skin (e.g. getting an ear piercing, having injections or undergoing surgery). For this reason, BETADINE® has a wide range of antiseptic products for your wound treatment needs.20