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Mercurochrome Side Effects
Mercurochrome.: I don't think so. I hope not because it has mercury, which is a very toxic heavy metal. ...Read more
Hi, I cutted my fingers yesterday where the skin was removed with the cut and putted some mercurochrome on, should I close the wounds or keep it open?
Antiseptics: These used to be used a antiseptics. ...Read more
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Used properly they: Are all safe.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not Safe: The FDA pulled mercurochrome off of the market in 1998 due to the potentially unsafe levels of mercury in the product. It is an effective antiseptic but due to its discoloration of the skin, it makes it impossible to decide if there is an infectious process occurring during observation. If you still have the product purchased in the USA, then it is very old and needs to be discarded. Seek help! ...Read more
Something different?: I do not specifically know what your doctor applied, or where. What you likely have seen is either orange colored betadine, orange colored chloraprep, or orange colored duraprep. These are antiseptic solutions used to prepare the skin for surgery. I am fairly certain that mercurachrome had been removed from the market years ago due to its mercury component. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my friend, and I need to know how to help her! Is it safe to swab mercurochrome or hydrogen peroxide onto her mouth to disinfect it?
Mercurochrome/ H2O2: Although merbromin (organic mercury) in mercurochrome is reported to be benign – you wouldn't catch me putting mercury in my mouth. Sometimes low concentrations of Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) are used in the mouth. But if she has oral lesions, the H2O2 can actually cause tissue damage and is not considered to be a good antiseptic. Has she tried gargling with warm salt water? ...Read more