First-aid antiseptics are medicines that are used to help reduce your chances of getting an infection from a minor skin injury. They are available in topical forms like liquid solutions, sprays, medicated wipes, wet compresses, salves, lotions, ointments, creams, and powders. These medicines should only be used on the outer surface of the body. When applied directly to the affected area, first-aid antiseptics keep the surface of the injury clean and help prevent the growth of bacteria, which could lead to a possible infection.
Common OTC Products* That Can Help:
Contains the active ingredient Benzethonium chloride
- Bactine® Max
Contains the active ingredient Benzalkonium CI
Contains the active ingredient Camphorated phenol
- Betadine® Antiseptic First Aid Solution
Contains the active ingredient Povidone-iodine
- Store brands (ex. Walmart's “Equate” store brand or CVS Health's store brand)
*Some first-aid antiseptics may contain additional active ingredients that treat pain and irritation.