What’s the difference between Betadine Antiseptic first aid cream and ointment?

Difference Between Betadine® Antiseptic First Aid Cream & Ointment

Published February 23, 2015

Betadine antiseptics help to inactivate bacteria and fungi that are commonly responsible for wound and skin infections. The range of Betadine antiseptics include a liquid, spray, ointment and cream to ensure application is convenient and most effective depending on the type of wound or skin condition.

Betadine Antiseptic First Aid Cream is recommended for the treatment of minor burns, minor scalds, blisters, cuts, scratches and the prevention of infection. Being in a cream base, Betadine Antiseptic First Aid Cream may work better on larger areas of skin because it spreads more easily.

Betadine Antiseptic Ointment is recommended for the treatment of common skin infections such as infected nails or tinea as well as preventing infection in minor burns, cuts and abrasions. Betadine Antiseptic Ointment is more concentrated than the cream and will not spread as easily. Therefore it may suit smaller skin wounds or infections like tinea that tend to concentrate in one area.

Although there are slight differences in their application, both Betadine antiseptic cream and ointment will help to kill infecting microorganisms like bacteria and fungi, and are non‐irritating to the skin in most cases. Either cream or ointment will have its place in a home or workplace first aid kit.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

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