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What is an antiseptic and how does it differ from a disinfectant?

Both antiseptic and disinfectant prevent the growth of disease-causing micro- organisms45. The main difference between the two is that disinfectants are usually used on inanimate object (e.g. tables, floors, chairs) and antiseptics are more suitable for human skin45.

Antiseptics are used as a treatment to cleanse cuts, scratches, burns, grazes or other minor injuries where the skin is broken, or as a preventive measure before piercing the skin (e.g. an injection). For this very reason, BETADINE® has a wide range of antiseptic formats for your different needs.

What is an antiseptic and how does it differ from a disinfectant?
Both antiseptic and disinfectant prevent the growth of disease-causing micro- organisms45. The main difference between the two is that disinfectants are usually used on inanimate object (e.g. tables, floors, chairs) and antiseptics are more suitable for human skin45.

Antiseptics are used as a treatment to cleanse cuts, scratches, burns, grazes or other minor injuries where the skin is broken, or as a preventive measure before piercing the skin (e.g. an injection). For this very reason, BETADINE® has a wide range of antiseptic formats for your different needs.
How do I choose the right antiseptic?

You should not use an antiseptic that kills all germs but causes a skin reaction or affect wound healing. On the other hand, an antiseptic that is gentle on the skin or on wounds but does not kill germs will not prevent infection and may even prolong the wound healing process.12

How do I choose the right antiseptic?
You should not use an antiseptic that kills all germs but causes a skin reaction or affect wound healing. On the other hand, an antiseptic that is gentle on the skin or on wounds but does not kill germs will not prevent infection and may even prolong the wound healing process.12
Why is it important to use an antiseptic when you first experience an injury?

The main reason for using antiseptics on wounds is to prevent and treat infections, making the healing process faster.14 Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition.

Why is it important to use an antiseptic when you first experience an injury?
The main reason for using antiseptics on wounds is to prevent and treat infections, making the healing process faster.14 Infections can cause delays and prevent healing, or even worsen the wound condition.
How does BETADINE® prevent wound infection?

Unlike most antiseptics, BETADINE® uses a povidone-iodine solution to quickly kill the germs that cause wound infections14. BETADINE® antiseptic is relatively free of irritation or stinging, making it easier to use on your kids, in comparison with other alcohol antiseptics.14, 11 Individual response varies.

How does BETADINE® prevent wound infection?
Unlike most antiseptics, BETADINE® uses a povidone-iodine solution to quickly kill the germs that cause wound infections14. BETADINE® antiseptic is relatively free of irritation or stinging, making it easier to use on your kids, in comparison with other alcohol antiseptics.14, 11 Individual response varies.
Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?

The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin3.

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.

Why is BETADINE® brown in colour?
The active ingredient in BETADINE®, povidone-iodine, is naturally a golden brown colour. It will not stain your skin, fingernails or hair, although you can see where it’s been applied on the skin3.

If you accidentally get BETADINE® on natural fibres it can usually be easily washed off with water and soap. For man-made fibres, BETADINE® can usually be washed off with the help of a stain remover.

CAUTION: Immediately remove spills from plastic floors.
For little emergencies at home, what should I have stashed at home?

In case of an emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver, so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries at home. Here are some suggested items you can include15:


  • BETADINE® PVPI Antiseptic Swab Sticks
  • BETADINE® PVPI Antiseptic Plasters
  • BETADINE® PVPI Dry Powder Spray
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 1 antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® ointment)
  • 1 bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE® solution)
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier with a one way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet


Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also remember to regular check the expiry dates on your products and replace when necessary. Keep a list of everything in your first aid kit to make it easier for restocking.

For little emergencies at home, what should I have stashed at home?
In case of an emergency, a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver, so you can deal with minor accidents and injuries at home. Here are some suggested items you can include15:


  • BETADINE® PVPI Antiseptic Swab Sticks
  • BETADINE® PVPI Antiseptic Plasters
  • BETADINE® PVPI Dry Powder Spray
  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 1 antiseptic ointment for burns (i.e. BETADINE® ointment)
  • 1 bottle of antiseptic solution for cuts and abrasions (i.e. BETADINE® solution)
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81mg each)
  • 1 blanket (space blanket)
  • 1 breathing barrier with a one way valve
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pairs of non-latex gloves
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/non glass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet


Try to separate everything into pouches to keep things organised in case of an emergency. Also remember to regular check the expiry dates on your products and replace when necessary. Keep a list of everything in your first aid kit to make it easier for restocking.
What are the advantages of BETADINE® antiseptics vs. other antiseptics?

BETADINE® antiseptics provide germ-killing action.

What are the advantages of BETADINE® antiseptics vs. other antiseptics?
BETADINE® antiseptics provide germ-killing action.
Will I face resistance to antibiotics if I use BETADINE® frequently?

BETADINE® Wound Care is an antiseptic, not an antibiotic. BETADINE® Wound Care range contains povidone-iodine that acts on germs causing wound infection14. These germs get killed before it has an opportunity to spread. When you use it, you will know it always helps.

Will I face resistance to antibiotics if I use BETADINE® frequently?
BETADINE® Wound Care is an antiseptic, not an antibiotic. BETADINE® Wound Care range contains povidone-iodine that acts on germs causing wound infection14. These germs get killed before it has an opportunity to spread. When you use it, you will know it always helps.
Why is using water to wash a wound insufficient to prevent wound infection?

Water only removes physical debris lodged in flesh, unlike an antiseptic like BETADINE® that is used to kill surface germs and prevent infection13.

Additionally, the use of tap water to cleanse the wound would not be recommended in a country where a constant supply of potable drinking water is not available32.

Why is using water to wash a wound insufficient to prevent wound infection?
Water only removes physical debris lodged in flesh, unlike an antiseptic like BETADINE® that is used to kill surface germs and prevent infection13.

Additionally, the use of tap water to cleanse the wound would not be recommended in a country where a constant supply of potable drinking water is not available32.
Who should not use BETADINE® Wound Care range?

Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Gargle due to the potential risks to the fetus. There is a possible chance that the fetus may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.

Who should not use BETADINE® Wound Care range?
Pregnant and lactating mothers are encouraged to avoid using BETADINE® Gargle due to the potential risks to the fetus. There is a possible chance that the fetus may be at risk of reversible hypothyroidism. Although hypothyroidism is reversible, it may lead to future metabolic conditions.