Betadine Antiseptic Ointment is recommended for the treatment of common skin infections such as infected nails and tinea, as well as preventing infection in minor burns, cuts and abrasions. It is a bacterial, sporicidal, fungicidal and virucidal antiseptic.
Cuts wounds and abrasions
Apply Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid undiluted liberally to the injured area using a cotton tipped applicator or cotton wool as desired. Wipe away from the cut and cover the surrounding area well. Alternatively Betadine® Antiseptic Ointment may be used.
For severe burns seek professional medical aid immediately. For minor burns with reddened unbroken skin, apply Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid or Ointment liberally to the injured area; next, cover the burn with a non-stick dressing and tape in place.
If a blister breaks, it is especially prone to infection. For this reason, treat an unbroken blister as you would one that is broken. Apply Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid or Ointment, next, cover with a non-stick dressing and secure in place with adhesive strapping or, if the blister is small, cover with a small adhesive dressing.
Tinea (Athletes Foot)
At the first sign of itching, reddening or peeling apply Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid or Ointment liberally. Repeat application 3 or 4 times a day.
Paronychia (Infected skin around the nails)
Paronychia is inflammation of the skinfolds around the nail. At the first sign of infection apply Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid or Ointment liberally to the affected area. Repeat application 3 or 4 times daily. Keep the affected area as dry as possible.
Betadine can be used in addition to other treatment options. The entire boil area should be covered with Betadine® Antiseptic Liquid or Ointment and then covered with an adhesive dressing. Betadine® Antiseptics should be applied at least twice a day. A doctor should be consulted if the boil is severe.
Ringworm is another name for tinea. The term is generally used when the infection is found on skin areas other than the feet. It should be treated exactly the same way as tinea however, if the affected area is on the head (tinea capitis) it might require special treatment, such as shaving. In this case, professional medical advice should be sought.
Not to be used in known hypersensitivity to iodine or povidone. If irritation, redness or swelling develops, discontinue treatment and consult a doctor. Discontinue if sensitivity or local irritation occurs. Not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use if known to have thyroid disease including goiter, thyroid nodules, or other thyroid diseases (especially elderly patients) as there may be a risk of developing hyperthyroidism from the administration of large amounts of iodine. It should not be used for 4 weeks prior to treatment for cancer of the thyroid. Povidone-iodine preparations should not be applied over a long period and to large areas of the skin (e.g., not to more than 10% of the total body surface and for not longer than 14 days) unless strictly indicated.