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Doctor insights on: Benzalkonium Chloride Uses

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I am having nasal congestion rebound due to otrivin.now i bought saline nasal spray but it contains benzalkonium chloride? Should i use it?

I am having nasal congestion rebound due to otrivin.now i bought saline nasal spray but it contains benzalkonium chloride? Should i use it?

No: Sorry that you are going through this. i have also. I found that if you tough it out and breath through your moouth in a short time it will all open up. In the meantime don't use anythin ...Read more

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Can I use a disinfectant containing benzalkonium chloride 80% to disinfect electric razor. If so, how much & how? Will it explode my shaver?

Can I use a disinfectant containing benzalkonium chloride 80% to disinfect electric razor. If so, how much & how? Will it explode my shaver?

Try alcohol: Benzalkonium chloride is an aqueous solution that might get inside your electric razor and cause some damage. Take off the head, clean off the hair and debris with a cotton tip applicator and use 70 or 91 percent alcohol to clean the parts that contact your skin. Allow to dry and you should be back in sterile business with shaving. ...Read more

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I am 14 weeks pregnant I have a bad tooth ache is orajel safe to use? Drug facts it's says benzocaine 20% and benzalkonium chloride 0.1 %

I am 14 weeks pregnant I have a bad tooth ache is orajel safe to use? Drug facts it's says benzocaine 20% and benzalkonium chloride 0.1 %

See your dentist: Toothache will not resolve on its own. Dental care is safe and essential during pregnancy. Delay in necessary treatment could cause harm to you and possibly to the baby. See your dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does rub 0,5% Benzalkonium Chloride kills Adenovirus(Conjunctivitis) from clothes and hard surfaces?

Does rub  0,5% Benzalkonium Chloride kills Adenovirus(Conjunctivitis) from clothes and hard surfaces?

You are germophobic: Judging from the questions you have posed, you appear to have a phobia about germs. Counseling may be beneficial to you. Yes Benzalkonium will likely kill most germs but regular laundering will do just as well. ...Read more

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How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: make sure all areas are wiped (e.g., back and front of hands, fingertips, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! ...Read more

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Got benzalkonium chloride 0.13% in eye from antiseptic towelette. Is this message? Is this going to damage my eyes??????

Got  benzalkonium chloride 0.13% in eye from antiseptic towelette. Is this message? Is this going to damage my eyes??????

Not to worry: Most of this will leave the eye with the first blink and your natural tear flow will get rid of the rest long before any damage might occur. ...Read more

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My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

My 5month old had a bandage on his thumb that has benzalkonium chloride 0.1% he had his thumb in his mouth can that harm him?

Not To Worry,: The concentration (0.1%) is very low and safe. It is also used as preservative in pharmaceuticals, e.g. Eyewashes, nasal sprays, hand and face washes, mouthwashes, sanitizers, and disinfectants. Pharmaceuticals such as throat lozenges ; various leave-on skin antiseptics contains some. Check his mouth, hopefully you will see no damage. This product is less water soluble. ...Read more

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Can I wash my pencils, eraser and plastic clipboard to remove/disinfect any amoeba (giardia etc) with liquid soap or benzalkonium chloride or alcohol?

Can I wash my pencils, eraser and plastic clipboard to remove/disinfect any amoeba (giardia etc) with liquid soap or benzalkonium chloride or alcohol?

Sure: Any of those 3 methods sounds ok, depending on how much contamination is there. Washing items with soap and water to get rid of any visible stuff, and then wiping down with alcohol to kill the invisible stuff, should be adequate. ...Read more

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Can i get the brain eating ameoba from hand sanatizer with benzalkonium chloride in it?

Can i get the brain eating ameoba from hand sanatizer with benzalkonium chloride in it?

Unlikely problem: The living conditions for the amoeba are rather specific. Warm settled water, most often a pond. For it to survive more than a few moments in a hand sanitized is very unrealistic.However, the many preservatives and chemicals in the hand sanitizer could cause problems if you ingest it. ...Read more

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Does benzalkonium chloride aggravtes nasal congestion? Should we avoid saline sprays that contain it?

Does benzalkonium chloride aggravtes nasal congestion? Should we avoid saline sprays that contain it?

Unusual but possible: Since people are so different in their tolerance, it is possible but usually not observed if only used twice daily. You can also use just boiled water to make the saline followed by cooling. This may have to be done for each occasion however. Have you tried preservative-free saline in a canister? ...Read more

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Eye drops that contain 0.01% benzalkonium chloride, is it safe? I put a few drops in each of my eyes and got a few drops in my mouth. Is this ok?

Eye drops that contain 0.01% benzalkonium chloride,  is it safe? I put a few drops in each of my eyes and got a few drops in my mouth. Is this ok?

Yes: This is a common preservative found in many eye drops. You will be fine. Some manufacturers are limiting the use of this preservative because some patients can get ocular irritation with chronic daily use in eye drops that contain it. ...Read more

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Saline rinse with benzalkonium chloride cause rapid heartbeat/leg/arm weakness/bad dizziness. My pervious saline spray didn't contain that/nosideeffect?

Saline rinse with benzalkonium chloride cause rapid heartbeat/leg/arm weakness/bad dizziness. My pervious saline spray didn't contain that/nosideeffect?

Switch Salines: Sounds like a unique reaction. Switch to the other saline if you tolerated it just fine. You can also just use clean table salt. ...Read more

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Do the doctors give you this everytime you do a urin analysis Benzalkonium BZK Wipes ?

Do the doctors give you this everytime you do a urin analysis  Benzalkonium BZK Wipes

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This is usually: done to obtain URINE CULTURES..however some physiian's offices do this ROUTINELY to ensure a "clean" (uncontaminated) specimen! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can I use lidocaine chloride jelly on my rectum ?

Can I use lidocaine chloride jelly on my rectum ?

No-Pain Lidocaine: Yes. I can't think of a reason not,except to mask painful symptoms you've had for some time and haven't seen a doctor for. Uh,oh yes,if used too much it can irritate the skin. It can also mask pain at certain times you should be actually feeling it, if you know what I mean.It's very useful for painful anal fissures or hemorrhoids before definitive treatment.Just don't over-use it to hide something ...Read more

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Can I use 0.9% sodium chloride as an anal ennema?

Can I use 0.9% sodium chloride as an anal ennema?

Sure but ..: water woks just as well.. Saline probably wouldn't hurt but don't abuse it. You can still absorb things thru your colon. IF you are having problems with your bowels ensure you are taking enough fiber in your diet and drinking enough fluids. If still having issues see you MD ...Read more