Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
A: Povidone-iodine is the active ingredient in Betadine antiseptic products. Povidone-iodine is proven to kill a broad spectrum of germs* to help prevent infection.1
A: Betadine helps prevent infections, supporting the healing process. Infections can cause delays in healing. Please consult your physician immediately if you have any concerns or suspect an infection.
A: Betadine antiseptics provide prompt germ-killing action and are effective against most types of germs.
Some studies have shown that other antiseptics such as alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can interfere with the healing process.
A: Read the label for usage directions. If the condition persists or gets worse, or if you need to use Betadine Antiseptic for more than a week, stop usage and consult your physician. If you wish to discuss other concerns, please consult your physician.
A: Gently clean the affected area. Apply a small amount of Betadine Antiseptic to the area. You may cover with a sterile bandage if you would like. Use as directed. For external use only. Stop use and ask a doctor if: the condition persists or gets worse; you need to use this product for more than 1 week.
A: Please read the full Drug Facts before use. Use as directed.
Do not use: in the eyes, over large areas of the body, or if you are allergic to povidone-iodine or any other ingredients in the preparation. Ask a doctor before use if you have: deep or puncture wounds, serious burns or animal bites.
A: No, Betadine antiseptics will not permanently stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where they have been applied to your skin. If you accidentally get Betadine Antiseptic on natural fibers such as cotton it can usually be washed off with soap and water. For synthetic fibers, Betadine can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.
A: Which Betadine antiseptic product you use is based on personal preference since all Betadine products provide infection protection for minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Betadine Antiseptic comes in 3 easy-to-use forms:
- Betadine Antiseptic Solution (10% povidone-iodine) is the first aid kit staple that can easily be applied with a cotton ball or cotton swab
- Betadine Antiseptic Spray (5% povidone-iodine) is a convenient spray for no-touch application
- New Betadine Antiseptic Cream (5% povidone iodine) is a convenient cream for both home use or on-the-go.
A: The Betadine “No-Sting Promise” provides your money back if you are not satisfied. Betadine doesn’t contain alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, which can sometimes cause a stinging sensation. If you find that it does sting, please let us know so we can help.
A: There is a new look to help you find Betadine more easily on the shelf, but there has been no change to the product, so you can still trust it to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes and burns.
A: You can purchase Betadine Antiseptic Solution, Betadine Antiseptic Spray, or our newest product, Betadine Antiseptic Cream online and at a store near you.
A: Betadine antiseptic products have been trusted by healthcare professionals for over 50 years as an important defense against topical infections. There are Betadine products that are for professional use only and are not available to purchase at retail outlets.
Reference: 1. Data on File. Evaluation of four povidone-iodine test products for their antimicrobial properties when challenged with various microorganism strains using an in-vitro time-kill method. BioScience Laboratories; December 2001. The Purdue Frederick Company: Stamford, CT.