Betadine® Antiseptic Ointment is recommended for the treatment of common skin infections such as infected skin around the nails and tinea, as well as preventing infection in minor burns, cuts and abrasions. It is a bacterial, sporicidal and fungicidal 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.
- Cool immediately in cold water for 10‐20 minutes. If red or blistered, cover with a non‐stick sterile dressing and see a doctor.
- 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 nonstick 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.
- 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. Not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding. For further information on contraindications to the use of povidone-iodine containing preparations, please refer to the package insert or consult your healthcare professional prior to use.
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.