|Product||Antibacterial||Use on minor cuts & scrapes||Promotes drying||Stops proud flesh|
|Betadine Scrub*||Yes||Yes, but rinse
|Betadine Solution*||Yes||Yes, but must
|Blu-Kote||To some extent||Yes||Yes||No|
|Furall**||Not very good||Yes||No||No—promotes it|
|Fura-Zone**||Not very good||Yes||No||No—promotes it|
|Granulex V||No||No||Yes||Yes, label claims|
|Peroxide***||Yes, but needs||No||Yes||No|
|Rubbing Alcohol****||long contact time||No, stings||Yes||No|
|Wonder Dust||To some extent||No||Yes||No—promotes it|
* Water-soluble products. These are best for minor wounds because of: antiseptic properties (except
Aloe Vera); air can penetrate the product; some have emollient properties. Their water solubility also
allows thorough and easy cleaning of the wound. Betadine Solution, however, must be diluted; used
at full strength it actually interferes with antibacterial properties and reduces wound healing. Betadine
Scrub must be thoroughly rinsed. Betadine products contain tamed iodine; never apply tincture of
iodine (7%) to a wound.
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should not be used to thwart infection.
*** Peroxide causes the microscopic blood vessels around the wound to recede, thereby limiting healing.
Peroxide is not the best choice in wound care for horse skin.
**** Rubbing alcohol requires about 10 minutes contact time to kill off microorganisms, and it stings
badly when applied to an open skin wound. Limited first-aid value.
***** Horseman’s Dream contains Aloe and Vitamin E; good for minor wound care.