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What should I avoid while using iodine?

Unless you are allergic to iodine, povidone or any other ingredients in over-the-counter (OTC) tinctures, you can safely use a topical iodine antiseptic to prevent or treat infection of minor cuts or scrapes on the skin. Signs of allergic reaction include chest tightness, trouble breathing, rash, itching, facial swelling, hives, swelling in the mouth or throat.

Unless you are using an iodine preparation that is applied to the eyes, you should avoid getting topical iodine in your eyes. If this happens, immediately rinse the eyes thoroughly with water to help prevent eye irritation.

Unless directed to by a doctor, you shouldn’t use topical iodine in your ears, mouth, nose, or genitals.

Newborn babies should not be treated with iodine preparations to avoid thyroid problems and skin irritation that can occur during this stage of infancy.

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