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Potassium Permanganate

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Potassium Permanganate - What is it for

​This medication is a skin disinfectant and cleansing agent. It is used for infected and oozy eczema (skin rash) and for drying wet wounds.

Potassium Permanganate - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Potassium Permanganate cause?

Before taking Potassium Permanganate, what precautions must I follow?

  • Do not make the solution too concentrated or use crystals directly on affected areas as these will irritate and burn the skin.
  • Dab dry after use. It is not necessary to rinse off with clean water.
  • Use either warm or cool water to make the solution.
  • Potassium permanganate may stain the skin, nails and light clothing a brown colour.
  • To remove fresh stains from the skin, rub over with a damp tablet of vitamin C.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Potassium Permanganate?

Potassium Permanganate - Dosage and How to Use

How should Potassium Permanganate be used?

​Potassium permanganate may be supplied in crystals or as a solution.

a)    If given as Potassium Permanganate 0.1% Solution:

  • Dilute 1 part of the solution to 8 parts water (e.g. 10ml of solution added to 80ml of water) to a light purple colour solution.

b)    If given as crystals:

  • Dissolve a few crystals in a container of water. Dilute it to a light purple colour solution.

Then use the solution as follows:

  • Bath
    • Fill the tub with the solution and use for bathing.
  • Compress
    • Wet strips of cotton or gauze in the solution slightly. Wrap the strips around the affected areas.
    • Keep the strips in place for 10 minutes. If they dry out, add more solution.
  • Soak
    •  Fill a bathtub or a basin with enough solution to soak the affected areas. Soak for about 10 minutes.
  • Wash
    • Dip cotton or gauze in the solution and use it to wash the affected areas.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Potassium Permanganate - Handling

How should I handle Potassium Permanganate safely?

Potassium Permanganate - Storage

How should I store Potassium Permanganate?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Potassium Permanganate safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Potassium Permanganate - Additional Information

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