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Potassium permanganate is a skin disinfectant and cleansing agent. 


Indication: To treat mild pompholyx, dermatitis, eczema and fungal infections of the feet. 
Frequency: Once a week for 5-6 weeks


  • Infected eczemaIf you have eczema with blisters, potassium permanganate can help to dry them out. Use or create a dilution of 1 part in 10,000 (1 part potassium permanganate to 10 parts water) . Add it to a basin or bath tub and soak the affected part of your body.
  • Open and blistering wounds / superficial wound. Potassium permanganate is used as a wet dressing for wounds on your skin’s surface that are blistered or oozing pus. Apply a dilution of 1 part in 10,000 (1 part potassium permanganate to 10 parts water) to a bandage and apply it over your wound. Change the bandage two to three times a day.
  • Athlete’s foot and impetigo. Potassium permanganate can help to treat both bacterial and fungal skin infections such as athlete’s foot and impetigo. For severe infections, soak your foot in a 1 part in 10,000 dilution (1 part potassium permanganate to 10 parts water) of potassium permanganate every eight hours.




  •  Dissolve a few crystals in a container of water. Dilute it to a light purple/Magenta colour solution.
  • Ensure dilution is done correctly - see images above. [If solutions is undiluted {dark purple color}, it may cause burns and irritation]

Then use the solution as follows:

  • Bath
    • Fill the tub with the solution and use for bathing.
  • Compress
    • Wet strips of cotton or gauze in the solution slightly. Wrap the strips around the affected areas.
    • Keep the strips in place for 10 minutes. If they dry out, add more solution.
  • Soak
    • Fill a bathtub or a basin with enough solution to soak the affected areas. Soak for about 10 minutes.
  • Wash
    • Dip cotton or gauze in the solution and use it to wash the affected areas.
  • Do not make solution too concentrated or use crystals directly on affected areas as these will irritate and burn the skin.
  • Dab dry after use. It is not necessary to rinse off with clean water.
  • Use either warm or cool water to make the solution.
  • Potassium permanganate may stain the skin, nails and light clothing a brown colour.
  • To remove fresh stains from the skin, rub over with a damp tablet of vitamin C.


Precautions: May stain skin and clothing. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. Apply thick layer of vaseline on nails, to prevent staining on the toe nail. For external use only



Room Temperature

Potassium Permanganate Crystals Bp

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