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.
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 formats for your different needs.