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Savlon: Antiseptic Cream

Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-AdamReviewed on 30.10.2023 | 2 minutes read
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Savlon cream is an antiseptic cream used to prevent infections in minor cuts, burns, scrapes and wounds of the skin. It can be purchased from your pharmacy or supermarket. Open cuts and heavy bleeding are not classified as minor wounds, and Savlon should not be used to treat these.

How does it work?

Savlon contains the active ingredient chlorhexidine, an antiseptic that kills germs, including bacteria, viruses and fungi found on surfaces. It is the same ingredient found in TCP antiseptic liquid. It can be used for scrapes, scratches and minor burns. When applied to minor skin wounds, it can help to prevent infection. Savlon cream should not be applied directly to open wounds but to the skin around them. The wound should be cleansed with clean water to remove any dirt and debris, and pat dry first before carefully applying Savlon cream. A plaster, bandage, or gauze dressing may be applied to the wound to keep it clean from debris and protect it further, if necessary.

Wound care

The most crucial step to promote healthy wound healing is to clean the area.

Clean water should be used to remove any dirt or debris. Saline or alcohol-free wipes may also be used. Soap should be avoided as this can irritate the wound. After cleaning the skin, pat the area dry with a clean, lint-free cloth or towel. The next step would be to apply an antiseptic cream, like Savlon, to the skin surrounding the wound. This is not always necessary, as the body can heal minor wounds without any problem. However, an antiseptic cream may be beneficial if the injury was sustained in a way that may increase the risk of contamination, e.g. outdoors near the grass. A clean dressing, bandage, or gauze may also be applied to the area to keep it clean from further contamination, protect the wound, and promote healing.

Should anybody not use it

Savlon should not be used in significant skin wounds such as gaping open wounds or heavy bleeding. Medical attention should be sought in these circumstances. Savlon should also be avoided if you previously had an allergic reaction to chlorhexidine or other ingredients. No evidence suggests any harm when Savlon is used in pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, advice may be sought from your pharmacist, doctor or midwife before use. It is used in pregnancy or breast-feeding, however, advice may be sought from your Pharmacist, Doctor or Midwife before similarly.

Are there any side effects?

Some people may experience hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to chlorhexidine. This may range from mild skin irritation such as redness or rash to anaphylaxis in more severe but rare circumstances. If this happens, discontinue use and seek medical advice as necessary

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Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed by Mohommed Essop-Adam
Reviewed on 30.10.2023
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