11 doctors weighed in:
Is mercurochrome a good diabetic foot antiseptic?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Scott Bolhack
Dr. Scott Bolhack
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No
mercurochrome is not safe to use and has been replaced with better antiseptics.
you can use betadyne solution, peroxide but alcohol should not be used on open wounds. It does make a great antiseptic for intact skin

In brief: No
mercurochrome is not safe to use and has been replaced with better antiseptics.
you can use betadyne solution, peroxide but alcohol should not be used on open wounds. It does make a great antiseptic for intact skin
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
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Dr. Khurram Khan
Wound care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not really
For small cuts and only for the first day or two, but long term it retards wound healing so not to be used for larger wounds and for more than a day or two.
Antiseptics kill good cells along with bad cells so the longer you it's used, the slower the wound healing process.

In brief: Not really
For small cuts and only for the first day or two, but long term it retards wound healing so not to be used for larger wounds and for more than a day or two.
Antiseptics kill good cells along with bad cells so the longer you it's used, the slower the wound healing process.
Dr. Khurram Khan
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Dr. Tariq Niazi
totally agree and this is true for most of the older antiseptics solutions.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Better options
This product is not used very often any more.
There are better options available. Different types of wounds require different treatments. Have your wound evaluated and ask your doctor what you should be using.

In brief: Better options
This product is not used very often any more.
There are better options available. Different types of wounds require different treatments. Have your wound evaluated and ask your doctor what you should be using.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry
In brief: Still available?
I thought that was pulled off the market.
....You must have one really old bottle in which case be sure not to use it. If you don't have an allergy to iodine, betadine or povidine iodine is often used. (some docs prefer to dilute.).

In brief: Still available?
I thought that was pulled off the market.
....You must have one really old bottle in which case be sure not to use it. If you don't have an allergy to iodine, betadine or povidine iodine is often used. (some docs prefer to dilute.).
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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In brief: No
Too harsh chemical.Will dry the area too much.

In brief: No
Too harsh chemical.Will dry the area too much.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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