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Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Started by Mike
Posted: January 15, 2018 at 05:30

According to a well documented study
you can find on Pubmed, 10% Povidone
Iodine solution (also known by the
generic product name Betadine) is
capable of killing Staph Aureus
within 15 seconds of contact, at a
dilution of between 1 to 100 and 1
to 1000.

Given this fact, I want to know if
its safe to add PVI to bath water
and soak in it. Several other
sources indicate that topically
applied iodine is absorbed through
the skin at a rate of 12%. My
concern about taking a betadine bath
is: how much iodine exactly would be
absorbed by the body, and is it
enough to be toxic? Iodine
poisoning sounds pretty nasty, so I
want some hard data on this.

I posted the question to Quora, in
hopes of getting some people with
more expertise and the ability to
calculate such a question, to answer
it. Perhaps others here, (unless
able to answer it themselves), would
consider going to upvote this
question on Quora so it will get
more attention.

If determined safe, this remedy
could prove to be a boon for staph
sufferers everyone. Betadine costs
between $8 - $20/bottle. It's kill
rate is 100%. The only issue is,
will it penetrate enough into the
epidermis to get to the staph (my
hope is that soaking would do this),
and is it safe?

Here is a link to the Pubmed study:

(note, its contained in the 5 PDF
pages near bottom of page)
Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #1 by Mike
Posted: January 15, 2018 at 05:32
Oops, here is the question posted to Quora:

Please upvote or tag it as 'interesting'.
Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #2 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 15, 2018 at 14:24
Mike -

What an interesting idea. I would be interested in their answer. Please keep us informed about what they say regarding this idea.

My own personal philosophy is "If it works, use it." Others need to do what they and their doctors agree on.

Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #3 by Mike
Posted: January 18, 2018 at 20:03
I updated the Quora question with my best estimate, but still

It looks like copy/pasting the link from above, with the line breaks,
inserts extra characters (% signs) in the url. If you just go to Quora
and search for 'povidone iodine bath' it should be the first result.

Also, are there any other staph and/or mrsa forums I can post this
question to? I could not really find any others. Thanks
Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #4 by Bob Anderson
Posted: January 18, 2018 at 20:47
Google garlic water baths and you will find a few discussion groups, none of which existed before I started writing about them here. It just shows the idea is catching on and when antibiotics become completely useless more interest will continue to develop.

Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #5 by Mrs x
Posted: April 15, 2018 at 01:59
i just saw that article too. So i went up to my cabinet and got out the povidone. At 10% solution, it contains 1% iodine.
I simply wiped it all over the large red inflamed area (staph/strep cellulitis?)on my leg and the povidone has a good consistency that makes it stick onto the skin, and dries smooth. I am going to leave it on there for a good while. It does turn it an orangey color so you can see where the solution is applied. i am also taking some oral iodine since it may well work in the bloodstream too.
Hopefully i will have a good report to bring back here.
I became familiar with Povidone ( Betadine) because it's what is used in childbirth as an antiseptic.
So it might not be necessary to bathe in it. If you wipe it on, it absorbs into the surface and stays put.
I think the concentrated solution that has the proper ratio is what was proven to work.
Maybe in the shower you could just wipe it on all over, wait maybe 30 seconds to get the best benefit, and then rinse off.
btw the study in question was titled "Bactericidal activity of antiseptics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus".
quote: "...Povidone-iodine (Betadine) solution was maximally effective at the 1:100 dilution, killing all the MRSA within 15 s; other dilutions were less effective, though each killed the MRSA within 120 s"...
find it here :
Re: Povidone Iodine (aka Betadine) Baths?
Reply #6 by mrs x
Posted: April 15, 2018 at 02:19
Here's info on Iodine intake and safe levels.
( main active ingredient of Povidone)
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