May 21, 2022 2 min read

Betadine Antiseptic Ointment (also known as betadine cream, betadine antiseptic topical ointment, and betadine ointment) is a bacterial, sporicidal and fungicidal antiseptic. It can be used to treat common skin infections such as cuts and grazes, blisters, ringworm, and to prevent infections that are common after minor burns. Betadine cream is a brown viscous ointment and is suitable for external use only. It should never be consumed.

The active ingredient in Betadine Cream is 10% w/v povidone iodine which is the equivalent of 1% w/v available iodine.


1. Cuts Wounds and Abrasions

Apply Betadine Antiseptic Liquid undiluted liberally to the injured area using a cotton tipped applicator or cotton wool as desired. Wipe away from the cut and cover the surrounding area well. Alternatively Betadine Antiseptic may be used.

2. Blisters

If a blister breaks, it is especially prone to infection. For this reason, treat an unbroken blister as you would one that is broken.

Apply Betadine Antiseptic Ointment, next, cover with a non-stick dressing and secure in place with adhesive strapping or, if the blister is small, cover with a small adhesive dressing.

3. Tinea (Athletes Foot)

At the first sign of itching, reddening or peeling apply Betadine Antiseptic Ointment liberally. Repeat application 3 or 4 times a day.

4. Paronychia (Infected skin around the nails)

Paronychia is inflammation involving the folds of tissue around the fingernail. At the first sign of infection apply Betadine Antiseptic Ointment liberally to the affected area. Repeat application 3 or 4 times daily. Keep the affected area as dry as possible.

5. Ringworm

Ringworm is another name for tinea. The term is generally used when the infection is found on skin areas other than the feet.

It should be treated exactly the same way as tinea however, if the affected area is on the head (tinea capitis) it might require special treatment, such as shaving. In this case professional medical advice should be sought.


  • For external use only.
  • Do not use if hypersensitive to iodine or povidone.
  • If irritation, redness or swelling develops discontinue treatment.
  • In case of deep or puncture wounds or serious burns consult a doctor.
  • Avoid excessive heat (store below 25 degrees Celsius .
  • Avoid application over large skin areas.
  • Not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast feeding
  • Do not use on children who are less than 2 years old
  • Do Not Use If Tube Seal Is Broken or After Expiry Date

For further information on contraindications to the use of povidone-iodine containing preparations, please refer to the package insert or consult your healthcare professional prior to use.

Barb Hutchinson
Barb Hutchinson

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