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Solution, 0.1% (for dilution)
Potassium permanganate is a powerful oxidizing agent that is used as an antiseptic agent.
An antiseptic agent used in wet dressings to assist healing of suppurating superficial wounds, tropical ulcers and lesions caused by tinea pedis, pemphigus and impetigo.
Dosage and administration
All doses are suitable for adults and children.
Suppurating superficial wounds and tropical ulcers:
A 1:7-1:10 dilution of the stock solution is used in wet dressings. The dressings should be changed twice or 3 times daily. For tropical ulcers, a 2- to 4-week course of treatment with procaine benzylpenicillin is also required (see Benzylpenicillins - Tropical Ulcers).
Severe weeping lesions should be soaked in a 1:10 dilution of the stock solution every 8 hours.
Compresses soaked in a 1:7-1:10 dilution of the stock solution are applied every 4 hours.
Superficial crusts should be gently separated with a 1:10 dilution of the stock solution.
Dressings should not be applied under plastic or rubber occlusion.
Skin irritation is common. Brown staining of the skin also occurs.
Solutions should be stored in well-closed containers, protected from light.