Povidone Iodine

Povidone-iodine is also known as iodo-povidone. It is an antiseptic used as a skin disinfecting agent before and after surgery. Povidone-iodine is used to disinfect the hands of physicians and the skin of the person they care for. It is also used in case of minor wounds.

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I can see white spots on my tonsil. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I observed a single white spot on my tonsil yesterday, and it is painful. What could it be? How to cure it?  Read Full »


Dr. Kumar Ashutosh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In a tonsil, there are many crypts. Those white spots are food particles that get trapped inside the crypts and are usually foul smelling. I suggest you take painkillers and use Betadine (Povidone-iodine) gargle, four times a day. If there is no relief, take a course of...  Read Full »

I have an ulcer over the scrotum, which does not heal with Povidone Iodine ointment. Please suggest a different ointment.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a sore or ulcer on my scrotum for the past three to four days, which is not painful unless I rub or clean it. Before it developed, I had severe itching, so I rubbed it for relief. I did not have any sexual intercourse, but I do masturbate. I accidentally wore a wet dress and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed the attached images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). You need not worry about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) because there is no history of sexual intercourse. It might be due to folliculitis or other infection. Wear loose...  Read Full »

Does RhoGAM shot cause a wound-like hole on my arm?

Query: Hello doctor,So, I was in the shower earlier and I found an open wound in my arm. It was not a scab I picked. It is a hole with a black dot next to it. I recently had the Rhogam shot because I am 29 weeks pregnant. It does not hurt but my arm is still tender and I got the shot a week ago. I do not ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I think it is an inflamed area which might be due to the shot if this is the exact spot. If not, it seems as if something has bitten you. My recommendation is to apply an ice pack on the wound and k...  Read Full »

Kindly help to cure the toe infection of my father, who has diabetes.

Query: Hello doctor,My father has had an infection between his toes for the last 20 days. He has diabetes. His fasting blood sugar is 190 mg/dL, and his post-prandial blood sugar is 320 mg/dL. We took a doppler test for his infection, and it came back normal. For the last week, we are using Sertaconazole, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ilciniq.com. I suggest that he apply Mupirocin ointment twice daily for 15 days and take tablet Roxid 150 mg (Roxithromycin) twice daily after food for five days. Clean the lesion with Povidone iodine and cotton, kindly keep the area clean and dry and avoid scratching...  Read Full »

When is amputation needed in people with diabetes?

Query: Hi doctor, A person came asking for our assistance. He lives in the jungle. He reported an injury in his right foot with pain and a burning sensation in his toes and foot. The wound smells bad, and the toes turned black. He did not have a fever. We took him to the hospital, and they advised for amp...  Read Full »


Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query and acknowledge the picture attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The images you uploaded are highly suggestive of invasive bacterial infection (gangrene) and may need amputation as advised by your physicia...  Read Full »

I pooped a pimple in the ear. Will it lead to ear infection?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female with oily skin. I have a pimple in my ear. Today, I cleaned my ear with a q tip and it was rough slightly. I forgot about my pimple and popped it. Then I started to have some yellowish or clear juice coming from the pimple. Can I have an ear infection? I used ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Be gentle while cleaning your ears. Unnecessary trauma can increase the chances of getting an infection. You should clean the affected area using cotton and Povidone-iodine. Mix one part of Povidone with four parts of water. After cleaning, apply an antibiotic cream over it...  Read Full »

I have steri-strip over a cut in my arm. Can I take shower?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old male with a weight of 77 kilograms and a height of five feet nine inches. I went to a hospital in early hours. I have some cuts in my arm and they put steri-strips and a dressing over it. The dressing remains loose and I can see my wounds covered with dark red scabs as...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanya Dhingra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You can change your dressing by yourself at home by taking someone's help. You can apply Povidone-iodine cream and cotton and then wrap it with a bandage. Avoid placing the wound in water and do not keep it open. A small bleb in a wound is...  Read Full »

What could be the itchy lesion behind the ear leaking clear liquid?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some lesions on the right back of my ear on the outer side. It is red and itchy, and when I rubbed, it leaks a clear liquid. When it dries up, there is a crust that makes it tight and itchy. There is also a little red patch on the skin below the ear. What can I do to stop the l...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Do not rub the lesions. Otherwise, you will get the further infection. Keep the area clean and dry. Do not remove the crusts. If you want to clean the area, use an antiseptic solution (Povidone-iodine in dilution of 1:4) and apply an antibiotic ointment. Send a clear...  Read Full »

I injured the head of my penis during masturbation. Will it heal on its own?

Query: Hello doctor,I injured the head of my penis, during masturbation, with a toilet paper roll. The cut seems to be half a centimeter long and blood came out but the bleeding stopped almost immediately. I used water to clean it (the blood seems to be stuck there) and then Betadine. Should I see a doctor...  Read Full »


Dr. Choudhary Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If bleeding has stopped it is not necessary to see a doctor. Just apply Betadine (Povidone-Iodine) as already done by you and clean with Savlon (antiseptic) solution. Avoid masturbation for five to seven days. With this management, it may bleed again. In that case, ...  Read Full »

What could be the small painless bump on the left end of the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. There is a small bump on my gum. It is not that painful. I tried pressing it, and there is yellow pus that came out of it. It is just so bothering and becomes painful whenever I eat. The bump is close to my teeth located at the far left end of my mouth. I a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly help me by uploading an image of the swollen lump along with the tooth as soon as possible. I will assist immediately as I receive an image. It is diagnostically important. I suspect periapical abscess. Long term abscess might lead to bone loss and mobility. ...  Read Full »

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