Gentian Violet

Category:

  • Antifungal

  Description:

  • Topical anti-infective

  Indications:

  • Fungal infections of the mouth, vagina, or intertriginous areas

Contraindications:

  •  Known sensitivity of gential violet

Precautions:

  • External use only, avoid eyes.

  • Will dye skin and clothing.

  • Do not apply to ulcerative lesions.  This may result in the “tattooing” of the skin.

 Adverse Reactions (Side Effects):

 

Dosage:

Administered as topical solution

Adult

  • 1% or 2% solution applied to affected area twice a day (optimal)

  • Once a day (suboptimal but often effective).

Comment:

While usually effective in treating fungal infections, it is usually not considered first-line treatment:

  • It often requires multiple applications
  • It is very messy, staining everything coming into contact with it a violet-purple. (bed-clothes, underwear, toilet bowls, sinks, etc.)
 
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