Povidone iodine is a topical disinfectant used to kill bacteria and pathogens on the skin before and after surgery. As one of the most commonly used substances in hospitals and medical care facilities worldwide, it is regarded as the gold standard for preoperative preparation. Stock up on this broad-spectrum, fast-acting disinfectant for your first-aid kit, and enjoy free shipping on all Australian orders over $60.
Can you use povidone-iodine at home?
Yes, liquid povidone-iodine ointments and creams are available in formulations intended for home use.
Povidone iodine microbial action has been demonstrated to be broad, even after a brief amount of exposure. While this is why this antiseptic is so effective against bacterial and fungal infections, it can also mean that the antiseptic remains active on the skin for an extended period of time, causing irritation.
Avoid this by simply following some basic guidelines for the correct use of povidone-iodine:
To use a disinfectant of this grade, first irrigate the wound with clean water or a saline solution before applying the povidone iodine according to the manufacturer's directions. It is usually sufficient to leave povidone-iodine on the skin for 5 to 10 minutes. After this, rinse off the iodine disinfectant with clean water to avoid damage from extended exposure.
Follow the same steps whether treating humans or pets with open wounds, and infections, and be sure to wrap the injury in a comfortable bandage immediately afterwards.
Invested Medical helps businesses, first aid training centers, schools, and professional medical institutions restock quality medical supplies, with professional and hassle-free delivery. If you would like to purchase bulk medical grade antiseptic within Australia or New Zealand, kindly reach out to our wholesale team here.