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Potassium permanganate is an antiseptic remedy, with antibacterial and antifungal action, indicated for the treatment of dermatitis, eczema, rashes, or superficial wounds, as it helps to dry the skin, relieve itching and facilitate the healing of wounds, such as chickenpox, for example.
Furthermore, potassium permanganate bath can also be used to help treat vaginal candidiasis, vulvovaginitis or vaginitis, provided that you have medical advice.
Potassium permanganate can be found in pharmacies or drugstores, in the form of tablets to be diluted in water and made in baths or compresses, and should not be ingested orally. This remedy must be used with medical advice and is sold only with a prescription, as it can cause side effects such as skin irritation or burns.
What is it for
Potassium permanganate is indicated for external use in baths in cases of dermatitis, eczema, abscesses, rashes, skin lesions with secretion, such as wounds or chickenpox blisters, helping to dry the skin and relieve itching.
This remedy can also be indicated to assist in the treatment of candidiasis, vulvovaginitis or vaginitis, in the form of a sitz bath, according to medical advice.
How to use
Potassium permanganate should only be used topically, that is, on the affected skin region, and should not be taken orally.
To dilute the permanganate, add 1 tablet of 100 mg in about 1 to 4 liters of natural or lukewarm water, depending on the problem to be treated and the doctor's recommendation. Dilution of the tablet must be done to avoid irritation or staining of the skin, if permanganate is applied neat.Therefore, it is also recommended that the tablet be removed from the envelope at the time of use, without contacting the pure tablet with the fingers. The diluted potassium permanganate solution should be used immediately after preparation and any unused amount discarded.
If the person is using the product for the first time, a test should be carried out to find out if they are allergic to this remedy, passing a little of the diluted solution of potassium permanganate on a small region of the skin, as in back of the hand, for example. If the skin becomes red or irritated, potassium permanganate is not recommended.
After that, the solution can be used to prepare baths or compresses, as follows:
1. Potassium permanganate bath
Potassium permanganate bath should be done with the diluted solution, placing it in a basin or bathtub, and remaining in the solution for about 10 minutes, or placing the solution in a bowl and rinsing the body, from the neck down, and contact with the face should be avoided as much as possible, and wait for a maximum of 10 minutes.
After bathing, dry the skin with a clean, dry and soft towel, so that it does not cause skin irritation.
Potassium permanganate bath can be done every day, until the sores disappear or as directed by the doctor.
2. Sitz bath with potassium permanganate
To make a sitz bath with potassium permanganate, place the diluted solution in a clean, dry basin and remain seated in the basin for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can use a bidet or a bathtub.
Potassium permanganate sitz bath should only be done with medical advice, as it can alter the vaginal pH and lead to an imbalance in the natural flora of the intimate region, especially Doderlein's bacilli, increasing the risk of infections by fungi and bacteria. Understand the functions of Doderlein's bacilli for the vaginal flora.
3. Potassium permanganate compresses
Another way to use potassium permanganate solution, especially in the elderly and babies, is to make compresses.
To use the permanganate compress, soak a gauze or clean cloth in the diluted solution of potassium permanganate and pass the compress over the affected skin region, leaving it to act for a maximum of 10 minutes.
Care during treatment
It is important not to hold the tablet directly with your fingers, opening the package and dropping the tablet into the basin where the water is, for example. The tablets are corrosive and should not come into direct contact with the skin as they may cause irritation, redness, pain, severe burns and dark spots at the contact sites. However, when properly diluted, potassium permanganate is safe and does not cause any damage to the skin.
Care should be taken not to let the product come into contact with the eyes, as tablets or very concentrated water can cause severe irritation, redness and blurred vision.
The pills cannot be ingested either, but if this happens, vomiting should not be induced. It is recommended to drink large amounts of water and go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
Possible side effects
The most common side effects that can arise while using potassium permanganate are irritation, burns, pain, redness, itching or blemishes on the skin, especially when the diluted solution is used for more than 10 minutes.
Potassium permanganate is for external use only and should never be ingested as it has a caustic effect. In case of accidental ingestion of the tablet or contact of the diluted solution with the mouth, irritation of the digestive tract, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea may occur, in addition to the possibility of changing the color of the mouth. nearest emergency room.
Furthermore, medical help should also be sought if the diluted solution or potassium permanganate tablet accidentally comes into contact with the eyes, and symptoms such as severe eye irritation, redness and blurred vision occur.
Who should not use
Potassium permanganate should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, or by people who are allergic to potassium permanganate or any other component of the formula.
Also, one should avoid using potassium permanganate on areas such as the face, especially near the eyes. Also do not hold the tablets directly with your hands, to avoid irritation, redness, pain or burns.
Potassium permanganate must not be ingested orally, and its use is exclusively external.