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What is gentian violet used for?

What is gentian violet used for?

Gram Stain: Used to stain bacteria and look at them under the microscope to determine if they are gram negative or gram positive. ...Read more

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What is gentian violet?

What is gentian violet?

Antifungal Medicine: Gentian violet is a non-prescription medication that is very safe and effective against thrush. It is also a very bright purple, hence the name, and can stain clothing and furniture. ...Read more

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I'm using gentian violet for thrush. How often should I use this a day and for how long?

I'm using gentian violet for thrush. How often should I use this a day and for how long?

Azole cream better: Gentian violet is an old fashioned, messy, and not very effective treatment for vaginal yeast (thrush) infections. If not professionally diagnosed, see a doctor. If you've had yeast before and symptoms are typical, try an over-the-counter yeast cream; look for active ingredient ending in "azole" (miconazole, teraconazole, etc). Any of these will be more effective and faster than gentian violet. ...Read more

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Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Is Gentian Violet safe to use as an alternative hair dye? Pros and cons? Possibility of reaction?

Safe not practical: Gentian violet is commonly used in the mouths of small children, so it should certainly be safe on the scalp. However it stains everything it touches, so there are far more practical options for hair dyeing. ...Read more

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Do gentian violet react with Hydrogen Peroxide? I first put some gentian violet on my wound and I wanna wash it by hydrogen peroxide. Is that ok?

Do gentian violet react with Hydrogen Peroxide? I first put some gentian violet on my wound and I wanna wash it by hydrogen peroxide. Is that ok?

No: Neither of these should be applied to a wound. Details matter. What kind of wound? Where? How deep? Caused by what? Clean or contaminated? Most wounds do best by washing with water, then keeping lubricated. ...Read more

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I wanna ask about using half strength magenta paint for eczema is it similar to gentian violet or it differes and how isit appied and is ut usefu?

I wanna ask about using half strength magenta paint for eczema is it similar to gentian violet or it differes and how isit appied and is ut usefu?

Use modern medicines: Primary care doctors, allergists, and dermatologists have many modern eczema treatments that are safe and effective. Trying magenta dyes on one's skin is not a good idea. ...Read more

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infection diagnosed as yeast. Std tests negative.Used gentian violet and whenwashed it off meatus had yellow infection. Picture here imgur.com/hFBHiti

infection diagnosed as yeast. Std tests negative.Used gentian violet and whenwashed it off meatus had yellow infection. Picture here imgur.com/hFBHiti

If you are: looking for diagnostic information and to upload photograph - then you may wish to use HealthTap Concierge or Prime instead of medical education portion of site. Take care. ...Read more

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Was swabbed vaginally with gentian violet and hours later am experiencing burning- fairly extreme with urination. Is this normal?

Was swabbed vaginally with gentian violet and hours later am experiencing burning- fairly extreme with urination.  Is this normal?

See answer: Gentian violet is an antiseptic dye used to treat vaginal yeast infections. Some people are overly sensitive to it and develop redness, swelling, pain, and sometimes bleeding. The urethra is especially sensitive to gentian violet. If your symptoms do not improve or worsen over next 24hrs, you should contact your treating md. ...Read more

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I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

See a doctor: You also asked about gential violet for vaginal yeast infection. See my reply to that question. Oral thrush is uncommon in otherwise healthy persons. "Painless white stuff" usually isn't yeast (thrush), just a garden variety "coated tongue", which can occur with colds and any number of minor health issues. Don't use GV, which isn't recommended for oral treatment. See a doctor for both problems. ...Read more

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Will gentian violet work on nail fungus?

Will gentian violet work on nail fungus?

No: No, topical medications have low success rates. However they are cheap with little risks. For someone with liver disease, you may want to try laser treatment (fyi I do not have any financial relationships with these treatments). Lasers studies have show success with effective treatment and sometimes cure rates but they are very expensive and no insurance company cover them. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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