Last update Aug. 23, 2021
Very Low Risk
Antiseptic dye with antibacterial effect against Gram positive bacterial infections (staphylococcus) and antifungal against Candida yeast infection (Prabha 2020, Pona 2020).
It has been used widely to treat oral infections (candidiasis, herpes) in young infants.
Its use has been restricted by the risk of ulcerations, the “dirt” that results from the dye and the possible carcinogenic effect in animals (IARC 2021), not demonstrated in humans (Prabha 2020, Pona 2020).
It is still recommended to treat candidiasis of the nipple. The solution must be aqueous, with a concentration of less than 0.5% and not to be used for more than a week (Berens 2016; Lawrence 2016).
WHO Essential Medicines List: compatible with breastfeeding (WHO 2002)
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e-lactancia is a resource recommended by Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine - 2006 of United States of America
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