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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

Dr. Leonard Stein
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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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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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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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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