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First Aid gotta have it!

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  • First Aid gotta have it!

    I don't recall seeing anyone mention the product I am here to 'push' so here goes nothing.

    Dermoplast. It is an antibacterial pain relieving spray.

    I was first introduced to it 14 years ago by my OB to spray on my episiotomy. (If you dont know what that is, look it up!!) The stuff is amazing.

    My sons first experience riding a motorcycle (albeit a little one) ended him in a blackberry patch with God only knows how many tiny needle-like thorns in him. I sprayed all the spots and then was able to pick the thorns out.

    I was just out rollerblading with my kids, wiped out BAD - removed a 1x3 inch patch of skin from my knee - after washing it, I sprayed this stuff all over it, there is NO pain - I have full range of motion with my knee.

    I have always gotten it at WalMart - I do not remember how much I paid for it last.

    Whats in it? The pain reliever is Benzocaine USP 20% - Im sure most of you have heard of it. The antibacterial - Benzethonium Chloride USP 0.2% -wiki info for it follows.

    Benzethonium chloride is a synthetic quaternary ammonium salt. This compound is an odorless white solid; soluble in water. It has surfactant, antiseptic, and anti-infective properties, and it is used as a topical antimicrobial agent in first aid antiseptics. It is also found in cosmetics and toiletries such as mouthwashes (disguised as grapefruit seed extract; see below), anti-itch ointments, and antibacterial moist towelettes. Benzethonium chloride is also used in the food industry as a hard surface disinfectant.[1] An alternative IUPAC name is benzyldimethyl(2-{2-[4-(2,4,4-trimethylpentan-2-yl)phenoxy]ethoxy}ethyl)azanium chloride.

    The FDA's tentative final monograph (21CFR333) for first aid antiseptics specifies that benzethonium chloride's safe and effective concentrations are 0.1 - 0.2% for these products. Aqueous solutions of benzethonium chloride are not absorbed through the skin. It is unapproved in the USA and Europe as a food additive ingredient. In Switzerland it is classified as a class-2 poison.

    In addition to its highly effective antimicrobial activity, benzethonium chloride contains a positively charged nitrogen atom covalently bonded to four carbon atoms. This positive charge attracts it to the skin and hair. This contributes to a soft, powdery afterfeel on the skin and hair, as well as long-lasting persistent activity against microorganisms.

    Benzethonium chloride exhibits a broad spectrum of microbiocidal activity against bacteria, fungi, mold and viruses. Independent testing shows that benzethonium chloride is highly effective against such pathogens as: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), VISA, Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, Herpes Simplex Virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, and Norovirus.

    It is available under trade names salanine, BZT, diapp, quatrachlor, polymine d, phemithyn, antiseptol, disilyn, phermerol, and others.[2] It is also the principal component of various chemically denatured grapefruit seed extracts, which are controversially marketed as "natural" health supplements / ingredients.

    Anyway, it really is awesome stuff and can be easily used on a wide range of injuries, on a wide range of body parts too! (Hello! Episiotomy!)

    *(I have always gotten it at Walmart)