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Since tincture merthiolate, iodine, or mecreocochrome is not recommended for use anymore, what is a good medication for minor cuts. Thank you, john?

Since tincture merthiolate, iodine, or mecreocochrome is not recommended for use anymore, what is a good medication for minor cuts. 
Thank you, 
john?

Maybe nothing: The best thing is to keep the wound clean by washing with soap and water 2-3 times/day. If you want to put something on it, Bacitracin ointment can be purchased without a prescription and should be fine. ...Read more

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Allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate, what to do?

Allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate, what to do?

Avoidance: Thimerosal is a common contact allergy, and typically causes rashes. If you have this allergy, it is important to avoid all products containing this substance. Check labels carefully. If a rash develops a corticosteroid cream can shorten the duration. ...Read more

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What are some alternatives if I have an allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate?

What are some alternatives if I have an allergy to thimerosal/merthiolate?

Avoidance: If it is a true allergy, you should avoid it. I assume the question is in regard to vaccines like the flu shot. There are thimerosal free doses of influenza vaccine that should be safe. ...Read more

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Will betadine disinfectant work on my cuts like merthiolate and mercuricrome used to?

Will betadine disinfectant work on my cuts like merthiolate and mercuricrome used to?

Good for cleansing: I am not sure that mercurochrome has ever been shown to be beneficial to healing despite it's widespread use. While betadine is outstanding for cleaning a wound due it's ability to kill bacteria and fungus, it's continued use will likely slow down healing and should only be used for short term purposes in actively infected wounds. ...Read more

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Does anyone remember mercurochrome iodine or merthiolate and are they still manufactured?

Does anyone remember mercurochrome iodine or merthiolate and are they still manufactured?

Not available: Mercurachrome was removed from the market years ago due to its mecury component, and i believe merthiolate was removed due to possible risks of its alcohol content and lack of benefit of healing. ...Read more

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What is epaderm use for?

Epaderm: This consists of emulsifying wax, yellow soft paraffin, liquid paraffin - it is applied to dry skin and it acts as a barrier preventing loss of water. Hence the skin stays moist. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use meladerm?

Is it ok to use meladerm?

Most likely safe: Meladerm is an over the counter skin lightening agent. It contains no prescription medications. It does have some acids used for chemical peels so be careful not to overuse it. Chemical peels can be very useful for treating many skin conditions. The real question is it effective enought to justify the cost. ...Read more