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Boric Acid

Introduction to Boric Acid

Boric acid is a chemical substance with mild antiseptic, antifungal, and antiviral properties.

Sources of Boric Acid

Boric acid is a white, odorless powder or crystalline substance that is available in many over-the-counter pharmaceutical products for topical use, alone as a topical antiseptic, and in suppository form.

Known Side Effect of Using Boric Acid

Boric acid suppositories should not be used during pregnancy. Boric acid is very toxic when taken internally and should also never be used on open wounds. When boric acid enters the body, it can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dermatitis, kidney damage, acute failure of the circulatory system, and even death. In the past, boric acid was used as a topical treatment for infants with diaper rash. However, even in diluted (3%) form it caused significant toxicity and two deaths. Therefore, boric acid should not be applied to the skin of infants and small children. In fact, experts in the field have stated, “The minor therapeutic value of this compound, in comparison with its potential as a poison, has led to the general recommendation that it no longer be used as a therapeutic agent.” However, in more recent research, no serious side effects were reported when boric acid was used as a treatment for vaginitis. At the time of writing, there were no well-known drug interactions with boric acid.

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