What is potassium permanganate?
Potassium permanganate is a common chemical compound that combines manganese oxide ore with potassium hydroxide.
It was first developed as a disinfectant in 1857. Since then, it's been widely used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including fungal infections. In many countries, including the United States, you'll need a prescription from your doctor to receive potassium permanganate.
Keep reading to learn more about its medical uses and safety tips.What does it treat?
When applied to your skin, potassium permanganate kills germs by releasing oxygen when it meets compounds in your skin. It also acts as an astringent, which is a drying agent.Some of the conditions that potassium permanganate can help treat include:
- Infected eczema. If you have eczema with blisters, potassium permanganate can help to dry them out.
- Open and blistering wounds. Potassium permanganate is used as a wet dressing for wounds on your skin's surface that are blistered or oozing pus.
- Athleteâ€™s foot and impetigo. Potassium permanganate can help to treat both bacterial and fungal skin infections such as athlete's foot and impetigo.