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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.

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.

How do I choose the right antiseptic?
 

Like any medicinal product, there has to be a balance between effectiveness and safety profile. Refrain from using an antiseptic that kills all germs but causes a skin reaction or affects wound healing. On the other hand, select 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.

 

How do I choose the right antiseptic?
 
Like any medicinal product, there has to be a balance between effectiveness and safety profile. Refrain from using an antiseptic that kills all germs but causes a skin reaction or affects wound healing. On the other hand, select 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.
 
Why is it important to use an antiseptic when you first experience an injury?
 

The main reason for using antiseptics on wounds is to prevent and treat infections, making the healing process faster. Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition.

 

Why is it important to use an antiseptic when you first experience an injury?
 
The main reason for using antiseptics on wounds is to prevent and treat infections, making the healing process faster. Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition.
 
How does BETADINE® prevent wound infection?

Unlike most antiseptics, BETADINE® uses a povidone-iodine solution to rapidly kill the bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause wound infections. BETADINE® antiseptic is relatively free of irritation or stinging, making it easier to use on your kids, in comparison with other alcohol antiseptics!

How does BETADINE® prevent wound infection?
Unlike most antiseptics, BETADINE® uses a povidone-iodine solution to rapidly kill the bacteria, viruses and fungi that cause wound infections. BETADINE® antiseptic is relatively free of irritation or stinging, making it easier to use on your kids, in comparison with other alcohol antiseptics!
Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?

The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin.

 

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

 

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?

The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin.

 

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

 

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

For little emergencies at home, what should I have stashed at home? 
 

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:

                     
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 1 antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® ointment)
  • 1 bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE® solution)
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier with a one way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also remember to regular 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. 

For little emergencies at home, what should I have stashed at home? 
 

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:

                     
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 1 antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® ointment)
  • 1 bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE® solution)
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier with a one way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also remember to regular 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. 

What are the advantages of BETADINE® antiseptics vs. other antiseptics? 

BETADINE® antiseptics provide more sustained germ-killing action and are effective against all three main groups of germs (bacteria, viruses and fungi. On the other hand, other antiseptics like Chloroxylenol and Fusidic Acid have been shown to have limited overall antibacterial activity.  Alcohol also dries too quickly, providing only temporary coverage.

What are the advantages of BETADINE® antiseptics vs. other antiseptics? 
BETADINE® antiseptics provide more sustained germ-killing action and are effective against all three main groups of germs (bacteria, viruses and fungi. On the other hand, other antiseptics like Chloroxylenol and Fusidic Acid have been shown to have limited overall antibacterial activity.  Alcohol also dries too quickly, providing only temporary coverage.
What are the advantages of BETADINE® 7.5% skin cleanser versus chlorhexidine antiseptics?

BETADINE® 7.5% skin cleanser has broad microbiocidal activity and rapidly kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi; it is not inactivated by blood, pus, soap or hard water. Chlorhexidine has limited activity against pathogenic organisms. Moreover, some germs like Proteus, Serratia and Pseudomonas are resistant to chlorhexidine. There have been reports on the contamination of chlorhexidine with Pseudomonas and Candida albicans. Chlorhexidine activity is also reduced in the presence of blood and other organic matter and it is inactivated by soap and hard water.

What are the advantages of BETADINE® 7.5% skin cleanser versus chlorhexidine antiseptics?
BETADINE® 7.5% skin cleanser has broad microbiocidal activity and rapidly kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi; it is not inactivated by blood, pus, soap or hard water. Chlorhexidine has limited activity against pathogenic organisms. Moreover, some germs like Proteus, Serratia and Pseudomonas are resistant to chlorhexidine. There have been reports on the contamination of chlorhexidine with Pseudomonas and Candida albicans. Chlorhexidine activity is also reduced in the presence of blood and other organic matter and it is inactivated by soap and hard water.
Will I develop resistance to antibiotics if I use BETADINE® frequently?

BETADINE® Wound Care is an antiseptic, not an antibiotic so it is unlikely to make you more resistant to other antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics can only act on a specific type of  germs, while BETADINE® Wound Care range contains povidone-iodine that acts on a broad spectrum of germs, such as viruses, bacteria and germs, causing wound infection. These germs get killed before they have an opportunity to modify.

Will I develop resistance to antibiotics if I use BETADINE® frequently?
BETADINE® Wound Care is an antiseptic, not an antibiotic so it is unlikely to make you more resistant to other antibiotic treatments. Antibiotics can only act on a specific type of  germs, while BETADINE® Wound Care range contains povidone-iodine that acts on a broad spectrum of germs, such as viruses, bacteria and germs, causing wound infection. These germs get killed before they have an opportunity to modify.
Why is using water to wash a wound insufficient to prevent wound infection?

Water does not increase or reduce the risk of infection. It only removes physical debris lodged in flesh, but unlike an antiseptic like BETADINE® that is used to kill surface germs and protect from wound infection.

Why is using water to wash a wound insufficient to prevent wound infection?
Water does not increase or reduce the risk of infection. It only removes physical debris lodged in flesh, but unlike an antiseptic like BETADINE® that is used to kill surface germs and protect from wound infection.
Who should not use BETADINE®® Wound Care range?

The suggested age to use BETADINE® Wound Care range is 1 year and above.

 

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Wound Care due to the potential risks to the fetus/infant. There is a possible chance that the fetus/infant may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.

Who should not use BETADINE®® Wound Care range?

The suggested age to use BETADINE® Wound Care range is 1 year and above.

 

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Wound Care due to the potential risks to the fetus/infant. There is a possible chance that the fetus/infant may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.