An antiseptic is a spray, ointment, or salve that is applied to cuts and wounds for anti-bacterial purposes. Antiseptics, which is a term of Greek origin, are used to slow down the process of germs and bacteria from spreading through the infected tissue into the body. There are basically two types of antiseptics used for their actions, such as germicides which are capable of destroying the microbes, and bactericidal versions which are used for the general slowing of the growth of the bacteria. Both of these products are effective for protecting the wound and enhancing the speed at which they heal by the natural process of the body’s immune system.
Although an antiseptic is extremely efficient against the bacteria and the germs, their use should be limited and must be used after the recommendation of a doctor. Before application, the cut or abrasion should be cleaned extremely well, and then covered with a bandage or piece of gauze after application. But in specific cases, some antiseptics such as phenol, commonly known as hydrogen peroxide, must be allowed sufficient time to dry before the area is covered. If the person is allergic to the antiseptic, then use it sparingly and only after the recommendation from a doctor, and if possible use an antibiotic ointment instead.
Whether to use a disinfectant or an antiseptic must be taken into consideration before their usage. If the injury needs more than just a slow healing medicine, a disinfectant should be used in place of an antiseptic. Always remember to clean up the wounded area to remove all the dirt and dead tissues, as well as the oils in the skin that will prevent the bandaging from sticking to the surrounding surface. Choose between various application types, such as a spray or ointment, and do not use a large amount because it can cause some negative side effects. Only use enough to effectively cover the cut or abrasion.
An antiseptic is very commonly used for burns, cuts and other minor injuries, but they should never be used for more serious injuries and wounds, such as the deep cuts, long-term infections, possible fatal injuries, animal bites, punctures, and cuts that are causing continual bleeding. In these cases a medical provider should be consulted before attempting to use any type of spray or ointment. Since an antiseptic, whether a spray or ointment, is an antibacterial medicine it should be used in conjunction with other antibiotic creams, solutions, or any other healing type products without consulting a physician or pharmacist first.