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What Is Mercurochrome™?

Mary McMahon
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Updated Mar 06, 2024
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Mercurochrome™ is a product which was once widely marketed for use as a topical antiseptic. Thanks to changes in the way the US Food and Drug Administration regards Mercurochrome™, the product is not readily available in the United States today, although it can be found in many other regions of the world. This antiseptic is part of a family of products made with a base of merbromin, a chemical which must be suspended in an alcohol or water solution before it can be used as an antiseptic.

This product was marketed for use on minor cuts and scrapes during the 20th century. It typically had a reddish to brown color which would stain the skin when it was applied, and if it was suspended in alcohol, it might sting slightly. Mercurochrome™ was recommended for use on people of all ages, and many people in the middle of the 20th century had a bottle in the bathroom cabinet for household use.

There are two issues with Mercurochrome™ and other merbromin products. The first is that they contain mercury, a metal which is known to be poisonous. Although no one has definitively linked Mercurochrome™ to mercury poisoning, presumably because the metal is only present in trace amounts, many people prefer to err on the side of caution when it comes to mercury. The FDA originally grandfathered the drug in, and later decided that it should be banned until additional research could prove that it was safe for use.

The second issue with Mercurochrome™ is the color. The dark reddish to brown stain covers up the natural color of the skin around the wound, making it hard to detect the early signs of infection. Skin which is red and irritated will be difficult to see under a coating of Mercurochrome™, which means that the infection could be missed until it grows much larger. Clear topical antiseptics or antiseptics which do not stain are preferred so that wounds can be clearly visualized.

Although this drug is not in wide use any more, it has an iconic status. Mercurochrome™ often appears in books and stories set in the mid-20th century, and people who lived during this era may have fond memories of it. For people who are not familiar with the drug, the references to it in various media from the era when it was used can be confusing, and people who refer to merbromin products when they talk about wound care are obviously thinking of an earlier era.

21st Century Substitutes

Although Mercurochrome™, a popular antiseptic throughout the 20th century, may no longer be sold on the shelves due to its dubious safety status and pending FDA approval, the need for antiseptics to clean wounds has not diminished. A suitable replacement for Mercurochrome™ had to be found, and in most homes today you will find it in the form of some brand of iodine- or thiomersal-based antiseptic located in medicine cabinets.

Mercurochrome™ vs. Iodine

Iodine is a tincture, or medicine made by dissolving a drug in water, comprising elemental iodine and/or sodium iodide in an alcohol solution. Mercurochrome™ is a chemical compound composed of mercury and bromine anchored in water and referred to as merbromin. Iodine is a non-metal, while mercury (in Mercurochrome™) is a known metal element that exists as a liquid at room temperature and is infamous for associated poisoning. 

While both are topical antiseptics, iodine tincture is more effective at killing bacteria than its counterpart, Mercurochrome™. 

Mercurochrome™ vs. Merthiolate™ (Thiomersal)

What is interesting about the two drugs compared here is that both carry traces of mercury. However, while one is banned in the United States pending FDA approval, the other has a wide array of uses that transcend its function topical antiseptic. It is also present in vaccines, immunoglobulins, nasal sprays, eye drops, contact solutions, and anti-fungal treatments (creams, jellies, ointments).

Merthiolate™ appears as a white/yellow powder and is a combination of mercury with two ligands, one from the thiolate group and another from the ethyl group. As mentioned, Mercurochrome™ is a metallic compound composed of mercury and bromine and appears as a reddish dye. Mercurochrome™ was used as an organic dye before concerns over mercury resulted in its removal from store shelves in the United States. 

Is Mercurochrome™ Anti-Fungal? 

One study on merbromin revealed that it has proven efficacious in terms of healing and providing relief to symptoms caused by negative fungal cultures. In developing countries, such as Nigeria, Mercurochrome™ is a drug deemed both economical and safe. It is often applied topically to treat otomycosis, a fungal infection of the outer ear. 

Availability of Mercurochrome™ Globally

As it turns out, the decision to disenfranchise merbromin as an antiseptic is not as widely adopted as one may assume at first glance. While typically at the forefront of medical trends, the United States is only joined in its stance against Mercurochrome™ by a handful of other countries: Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, and Iran. The common factor is that the ban was motivated by merbromin’s status as an organo-mercuric compound. 

Elsewhere around the world, merbromin is still used to treat wounds and fungal infections and has its uses as a biological dye due to its reddish-brown color. In fact, citizens of the United States could go on eBay or through an online vendor to purchase Mercurochrome™ if they genuinely wished, as it is not banned in most countries, including our neighboring Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Other Banned Organo-Mercury Compounds

As our scientific knowledge has expanded over the last century, many of the drug formulas once heralded by our grandparents have fallen out of favor in the 21st century. Mercurochrome™ is not the only organo-mercuric compound to have been phased out of use pending FDA approval in the United States. 

Below is a short list of historically banned organo-mercury compounds that have had disastrous consequences on human health.

  • Methyl Mercury (CH3HgX): used as an agricultural seed dressing and fungicide.
  • Ethylene (C2H5HgX): used as a cereal seed dressing.
  • C6H5HgX: seed dressing and slimicide. 

Aside from being a popular antiseptic, the antifungal potential of mercury-based chemical compounds made their incorporation into the agricultural field a necessity during the 20th century. From pesticides to seed dressings, they were everywhere and used to the point of excess.

While it is easy to persuade adults and children not to drink Mercurochrome™, the use of mercury in grain fields throughout the mid-1900s made ingestion of the toxin unavoidable. Its commercialized use in products beyond medicine gave rise to serious health complications induced by organic mercury toxicosis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mercurochrome™?

A popular over-the-counter antiseptic remedy for small burns, scratches, and wounds is Mercurochrome™. It is the brand name for Merbromin, a reddish-orange liquid that is administered with a cotton swab or gauze pad directly to the afflicted region. It functions by eradicating illness-causing microorganisms, lowering the risk of infection, and accelerating the healing process.

What are the active ingredients in Mercurochrome™?

Merbromin, an antiseptic color found in Mercurochrome™, destroys germs that cause illness, lowers the risk of infection, and hastens the healing process. Isopropyl alcohol, which is also included in Mercurochrome™, facilitates Merbromin's penetration of the skin and enhances its efficacy. Last but not least, Mercurochrome™ includes water to thin the solution and facilitate application.

What are the benefits of using Mercurochrome™?

Minor burns, scratches, and wounds may be quickly and effectively treated with Mercurochrome™. You may use it in the convenience of your own home since it is a trustworthy and safe product. By eliminating disease-causing microorganisms, Mercurochrome™ lowers the risk of infection and hastens the healing process. Also, it could ease the pain and discomfort brought on by small wounds.

Is Mercurochrome™ safe to use?

When used as directed on the packaging, Mercurochrome™ is safe to use. But it does contain mercury, which is dangerous if consumed or inhaled. It should not be applied to open wounds, irritated, inflamed, or damaged skin. It is essential to see a doctor or pharmacist before taking it if you are unsure about whether it is safe to use.

How often should Mercurochrome™ be used?

Use Mercurochrome™ just as needed, and apply it directly to the affected area using a cotton swab or gauze pad. Keep your application to a minimum since excessive application might be dangerous and increase the risk of infection or discomfort. It's crucial to adhere to the directions on the container, and if you have questions about how frequently or how much to take, speak with a doctor or pharmacist.

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Discussion Comments

By anon998191 — On Apr 22, 2017

I am fifty three. My parents had nine kids. Swabbed us all when we had strep or tonsillitis or scrapes. I guess it was the thing to do back then. Doesn't seem anything with mercury could be good, but from what I can see it didn't harm us. So i would not advise using it, but I don't know if it's as horrible as they say.

By anon995744 — On May 22, 2016

I play football and at the start of ever season the grounds/ovals are so hard you get many/multiple cuts, scratches, abrasions. The worst of which would be on the knee/s. Not only does it recur every week, as healing takes forever, but larger and more painful every time. Mercurochrome helps. I had a wound 2 inches across on my knee. I cleaned it with metho/peroxide once I got home, then painted it with Mercurochrome. Not only did I re-open the wound over the next 3 games (over 3 weeks ) but I saw it fully healed up with no scarring. I swear by this product.

By anon973224 — On Oct 09, 2014

Love this stuff. We still use it in South Africa. It works super-well.

By anon973132 — On Oct 08, 2014

It's available pretty much everywhere but US, France and Germany. It has never caused mercury poisoning from topical use. Look for Merbromin, and buy it online. Methyl mercury is the bad stuff, found in fish. Merbromin is a disodium compound of mercury and is widely considered safe, just like the stuff in amalgam Fillmore vs, mercury thermometers and switches. Don't listen to the hysterical nuts. Mercurochrome is safe, effective and cheap.

By bmyer — On Aug 24, 2014

When we were kids there were two bottles in the cabinet: iodine and mercurochrome. All we knew was not to mix them up - one was fire and one wasn't. I don't remember the staining. We also had red throat tablets for sore throats. Worked like a charm. I'm not sure if they are still available. Old brown bottle Listerine was also used as a gargle. Horrible stuff, but it worked.

By anon964178 — On Aug 03, 2014

I live in Australia and a fisherman friend of mine was throwing a one kilogram jar of mercurochrome powder away. He used to use it on the live fish that he caught and kept in huge holding tanks.

He hasn't used it for ten or more years and was throwing it away. Apparently, you can mix it with either water or alcohol or with other aqueous creams to your desired strength, mild being 10 percent. I don't know what to do with it yet. I might put it up for sale online after hearing all the good reviews about it.

By anon356079 — On Nov 21, 2013

I suffered from bleeding piles (fissures) for more than 40 years and during this I had tried various treatments and medicines but with no result. One fine day I have tried Mercurochrome 2 percent solution and applied it externally over my rectal region thrice a day for two days. It worked magically. About a year has already passed now I am completely well. There is occasional bleeding, whereas it was a regular affair when twice a month I used to suffer for two or three days.

By anon341260 — On Jul 10, 2013

I have worked outdoors in a dirty environment with a lot of possible sources of minor cuts and grazes. I also played indoor and outdoor sport hard and was a home handyman throughout that time.

The only quick way to heal a cut or graze other open wound has been one application of Mercurochrome. Any other treatments including those administered in casualty have needed twice daily application, keeping the wound covered, etc., and many times wounds have become infected.

Those wounds treated with Mercurochrome healed most times with no further application and without covering. Usually, they healed quickly and healing was defined by the still red scab falling off.

By anon339863 — On Jun 27, 2013

My parents used it forever. I still use it.

By anon333050 — On May 02, 2013

So where can I buy Mercurochrome -- the real stuff?

By anon325773 — On Mar 18, 2013

I remember my parents using both Mercurochrome and Merthiolate for minor cuts. I may be remembering incorrectly, but it seems to me that Mercurochrome did not cause the intense burning sensation when applied to a cut that Merthiolate caused. I think both are no longer available in US. Both caused the deep orange to reddish stain to the skin.

By anon317076 — On Jan 31, 2013

My grandparents used this on my brothers and I when we were growing up in the 80's and 90s and we have zero problems. I also can't remember it stinging- Bactine spray was worse. My grandfather had his old bottle of Hospital brand forever, and when it ran out, another one appeared.

I just went to check after reading that it was banned, and sure enough it is the good old real merbromin. According to him, he got it "down the country" which is our family's way of saying south of Richmond, so apparently you can still find this on some pharmacy shelves in rural Virginia. It's probably stock they figured they'd sell until it ran out!

By anon310482 — On Dec 23, 2012

Yeah I remember the good old "monkey blood" as we called it growing up. Great stuff.

For all those mercury mongers out there, actually, the amount of mercury in it is a mere trace element. You'll get more mercury eating a can of tuna or some sea foods than using mercurochrome externally.

I read a lengthy science article that explained the effectiveness and process of it. It said the trace element in mercury was the key to healing the skin and beating back the infection. There is some type of symbiotic relationship with the skin and the trace element mercury that prevented and reduced bacterial infections. Without the mercury it was about as effective (useless) as any other over-the-counter product.

This is like the FDA banning quinine in the U.S. supposedly because it harmed maybe a few people in it's 300 plus year history - mainly to overdose and extreme reactions. It can now only be prescribed strictly for malaria, with no off label uses.

The real reason? It competes with Big Pharma's newest Restless Syndrome Drugs, for which people took quinine off label for leg cramps. Yet it is liberally found (75 mg/liter) in tonic water on the local grocery shelf. Elsewhere in the world it is over the counter, still the most effective, and cheap. Malaria, oddly, has developed resistance to various synthetic quinine drugs, but overall not to natural quinine.

By anon301835 — On Nov 06, 2012

Mercuroclear is not mercurochrome. It's a different compound (benzalkonium chloride and lidocaine). They devised a brand name to draw in people wanting to replace their mercurochrome when it was pulled off the market in US, Germany and France.

As with the others, it's nothing short of magic for me and my family. It was used so little over the years, I didn't know that, when my 20-year-old bottle breathed its last, it wouldn't be possible to get more.

I work in the medical industry, doctorate and history of dangerous lab chemicals, and trust it implicitly, but not internally. The thumbsucking example was over the top.

Antibiotics may not penetrate or last, and they work only on specific microbe types (not viruses), and lead to resistance. Not mercurochrome.

By anon301267 — On Nov 03, 2012

I had a boil and used this. Within two days, it was half the size and disappearing. I bought it at Walgreens and it was colorless. It cost a bit more, but they carried both, dark red and colorless. I might add that I get nicked and cut in the kitchen and because of diabetes, it doesn't want to heal. But it does and quickly after applying this a few time. I love it.

By anon298724 — On Oct 22, 2012

I still use it, and it works great, with no side effects.

By anon295980 — On Oct 09, 2012

Does anyone know where you can still order the original mercurochrome?

By anon294662 — On Oct 02, 2012

The people saying they wish they could still use it, even though they now know it contains mercury, have clearly been brain damaged by previous use of the product. Mercury is so toxic. A friend's bright and bubbly son got incredibly ill and dull after vaccinations containing mercury and still has an elongated pupil to this day 25 years later. He also struggled academically.

Some people can handle mercury better than others, but it is extremely toxic. Anyone in their right mind would avoid it at all costs.

By anon287362 — On Aug 25, 2012

@ post36: Amazon has Neosporin ointment. Amazon has everything!

By anon285302 — On Aug 15, 2012

My mom would spread that onto my open cuts when I was a kid. She never diluted it -- just put it on straight from the bottle.

By anon282874 — On Aug 01, 2012

I still have a bottle and still use it once in a while. I work with acutely and insidiously dangerous chemicals in the lab every day, so I'm not going to worry about mercurochrome. Great stuff!

By anon282760 — On Jul 31, 2012

Mercury is toxic, in sufficient quantities. Hellm too much of anything is a bad thing. I have used mercurochrome judiciously since childhood and I've had only good results. Nobody is forcing anybody to use it, but don't step on my rights to make my own choice about what is or isn't good for me. You don't have that right; I do! Make your own choices for yourself, and I will do the same for myself.

The shelf life of mercurochrome is nearly infinite, as long as it doesn't dry out. It's a highly stable compound that doesn't decay or lose effectiveness over time. You can add water/alcohol to reconstitute it to it's original consistency if it gets too thick.

By anon282474 — On Jul 29, 2012

It was the best stuff in the world. My cousin has diabetes and had a sore that would not heal. I put some on a bandage and covered the sore. The following day the sore had shrunk to the size of a dime! Wish they still made it.

By anon282373 — On Jul 29, 2012

My mom still has her bottle in the medicine cabinet after 40 years. Of course, she doesn't use it, but it's still in there for sentimental reasons.

By anon282359 — On Jul 28, 2012

The government takes away all the great stuff and won't let consumers choose for themselves? Cigarettes? Liquor? Duh! Maybe you should let them and put a warning label on it so when you get up in age you won't sue them for not telling them?

By anon282347 — On Jul 28, 2012

Just had a melanoma removed from my knee. The area kept breaking open, even with stitches. The topical neosporin was not sufficient to prevent the redness and swelling. Finally, I found Mercuroclear on the Rite Aid shelf.

This same day the surrounding skin is much less red, a scab has formed and the wound has started to itch. This is a good sign.

I truly believe that the product works so well that product sales were too slow for the manufacturers to make great sums of money.

By anon279019 — On Jul 10, 2012

I don't know if this had anything to do with it at all. I was a thumb-sucker and my mother put mercurochrome on my thumb to keep me from putting it in my mouth. But I did anyway. I have had two bouts with oral cancer (on my tongue) in the last few years. It started with a bump under my tongue. The last one was on the side of my tongue and I also had to have radiation.

Two surgeries and radiation and I am still having problems with my mouth. Who knows? It just hit me this morning in my thoughts --however, you think of everything when you have cancer.

By anon276070 — On Jun 21, 2012

Well, I'm 16 but that stuff is amazing. I've had it since I was small. Pity you guys in Stateside can't get it.

By anon271544 — On May 27, 2012

Growing up here in Missouri we were very poor. My father who raised me did the best he could. Health care was often the application of home remedies that his parents and their parents before them had relied upon. People may be shocked by this but, as a child, my father would use a long wood Q-tip (used for cleaning the heads on 8-track players, etc.) and paint the white blisters in my throat (step throat) with Mercurochrome. He would make me pant to dry the throat, paint, then pant until the medicine dried and send me to bed without anything to drink. Overnight, I was cured and heading to school the next morning. Magic stuff. I've never had any issues stemming from its use. Wish I had some now.

By anon261696 — On Apr 17, 2012

Funny how it's OK to administer vaccines with Thimerosal, and how even "silver" amalgams are readily available in dentistry, but Mercurochrome is banned because of mercury content. Absolutely no hypocrisy there.

By anon258569 — On Apr 02, 2012

Yes, I too remember mercurochrome not stinging, but iodine sure did.

By anon243757 — On Jan 29, 2012

I used to use it a lot when I was a kid. Oddly enough, I don't recall it stinging. I do recall iodine stung.

By anon237462 — On Dec 29, 2011

What about methiolate? Does anyone know about this liquid? We used it for sore throats. My Mother would swab my throat, and after a few swabs the sore throat would go away. I wonder if it is still available? If anyone knows, make a comment.

By anon232303 — On Nov 30, 2011

Anon wrote: "So much for your "progress". The FDA just like the EPA is corrupted by politicians and money. It is obvious that the FDA does not serve the people of America but rather big business!"

Just what are you talking about? The FDA has not banned this product. You can still buy it in the USA. But not many make it anymore, because most *sane* people are not going to use a mercury when there are so many other treatments that work just as well - *without* a brain-damaging ingredient.

You can still buy this product in Boise, Idaho. Apparently there are quite a few people up there who still want to use things that mess with your brain cells. And we know what Idaho is becoming known for.

By anon232135 — On Nov 29, 2011

As a paramedic, I saw mercurochrome being used on a child's face. She had a reaction to the substance which left a very big mark on her face. They are now considering plastic surgery to remove the stain but she will still be left with scarring. If this was your daughter's beautiful face, I think you would think twice before you applied Mercurochrome. --Joe

By anon227494 — On Nov 04, 2011

I am under 30, but grew up with mercurochrome in my house. It works amazingly well on boils and ingrown hairs. Put on a dab of mercurochrome and a band aid, and the next day the pain is gone and the boil is going down, and in two days and all you're left with is a little orange stain. I love this stuff and wish I could buy it for myself now.

By anon222585 — On Oct 15, 2011

I remember my mother swabbing mercurochrome on my cuts when I was a kid in the 60s and early 70s, and I remember I hated it at the time because it had a much bigger sting than other wound cleansers like hydrogen peroxide or Bactine. I thought the red stain was pretty cool, but the sting was almost too painful to take.

Mercurochrome was one of those childhood medications, along with Vicks VapoRub and campho phenique, that didn't play. If you had any kind of infection around a cut or scrape, you knew how bad it was. I was an adult by the time they took it off the market in the US, and by then I had found other types of wound cleansers that were far less painful.

By anon221794 — On Oct 13, 2011

First of all Mercurochrome works much much better than any of today's topical treatments. So much for YOUR "progress". The FDA just like the EPA is corrupted by politicians and money. The government is the big lie that no one tells you about.

Old time discoveries and products are mostly effective and safe. There are cures for many things, but the government needs people to continue to be treated of their symptoms and NOT cured of their ailments. It is all about money my friends. The sooner you realize, the sooner Americans can correct the lies and mistakes.

Don't forget R12 (freon), CFC's, etc. All safe, just victims of government!

By anon203208 — On Aug 04, 2011

i have been nursing a small bottle of this magic concoction for 15 years

I'm a tennis player and a couple of times a year (usually after a layoff), I will go through a period of time dealing with blisters

Mercurochrome is priceless; blisters that can take four to five days to dry and toughen up without are ready to go the next morning if need be and after 24 hours are minimally noticeable with this stuff.

I don't bother using it for anything other than a blister because I only have 1/8th of a bottle left and I'm getting antsy.

I wonder if they sell this in Tijuana (the closest access to non-FDA goods).

By anon186581 — On Jun 15, 2011

This product is a good product. I have lived in Europe for years, it is used here abundantly. It is also used in Cuba, South America, China and elsewhere. The FDA is wrong.

By anon185677 — On Jun 13, 2011

Mercurochrome is, on paper, an antiseptic, but one thing that many people do not realize is that antiseptics are not the best treatment for healing wounds. Sound ironic?

Well, if you look at most products today which are classed as antiseptic,s they usually contain a serious toxic element in them which will prevent bacterial growth and colonisation. However, what is not apparent is that these toxic elements like silver, iodine and mupiric acids are toxic to your living tissue and do not at all facilitate wound healing and generally dry the wound.

New trends in wound healing are more in line with facilitating the body's own healing properties, which include providing moisture and energy, as well as providing a non toxic anti-microbial and a means to eliminate dead, non-viable tissue which also retards wound healing.

Try Mebo and see how by facilitating the body's systems you can see minimal scarring, less pain and faster healing.

By anon170795 — On Apr 27, 2011

To #36: Silver is what you want. Here in Canada, amputees have their limbs packed in silver. Your body will not build an immunity to it and no infection will get past the packing. I would suggest finding a place that deals with homeopathic medicines (medicines are found naturally, drugs are made by pharmaceutical companies).

To #41, that statement shows your intellect. What you are saying is that we shouldn't drink water because it is made up of explosives. Hydrogen fuels the space shuttle and you can't have a fire without oxygen.

Also, fluorine and fluoride are two separate elements with sodium fluoride being found in toothpaste. Do your homework.

By anon160403 — On Mar 15, 2011

I am pleased to find such an aware group with genuine concerns for health. I would venture that people in this group would be very interested in investigating ORMUS. I have been most amazed with this stuff and you can learn to make it at home. I believe it will lead to the rewriting of many medical books.

By anon147773 — On Jan 30, 2011

To number 36: I get my sister in South Africa to send me Mercurochrome. Fantastic stuff!

Even friends in the UK who have used it cannot believe how good the stuff is.

To number 18: Poor baby! I get approx two big cold sores each year which generally heal but give me a second cold sore before it all goes away till the next time.

I keep mine as dry as possible! Always! I even use the hair dryer on cool to dry it out. I have a cream type ointment that I put on almost every 30 minutes and then damp the thing dry with a cotton material -- something like a hanky. The main thing is keep it dry.

I have now found clear patches that you put on when you have dried the cold sore, that seals it, not allowing it to weep! Very good stuff! My sister has found the same in South Africa as recently as two weeks ago.

Hope this helps. Cheers. --T.

By anon146034 — On Jan 25, 2011

To person # 40: Sodium is poison, chlorine is poison, Sodium Chloride is your table salt. Stop having salt. And what about the fluorine in your fluoride toothpaste?

By anon145745 — On Jan 24, 2011

People! The word is derived from "Mercury". It contains mercury, mercury is poison. How simple does it have to be?

By anon144575 — On Jan 20, 2011

It is obvious that the FDA does not serve the people of America but rather big business! Look at the tragedy of aspartame! Never forget that your FDA passed thalidomide! Zapping mercurochrome is their way of forcing you to buy the crap that the modern drug mafia companies want you to buy so they can continue to enjoy their amoral lifestyles!

By anon143511 — On Jan 16, 2011

I found a bottle of Mercurochrome in my medicine cabinet. I was going to dispose of it, but after reading how great this stuff is I think I'll hold on to it!

By anon138377 — On Dec 31, 2010

i have my bottle and I've had it for ever still use it and I'm 47.My 4 kids all use it so that makes me a bad parent?

By anon138242 — On Dec 30, 2010

To the person #35 who asked if there is a shelf life of Mercurochrome, the short answer is yes every drug has a shelf life before it loses it full potency, but I have found that I can still get some benefit from a bottle of Mercurochrome I still have that's probably 15 years old and because some fool took it off the market.

I have had to use it very sparingly and only have about 5ml left so I need to find a supply as I'm allergic to any form of iodine which can kill me. But they don't take that crap off the market or any of the other drugs that really aren't any good for you.

Now to get to my question: Does anyone know where in this world I can still get Mercurochrome as it heals me very well even gashes it dries up and heals a lot faster than most people heal conventional ways?

I forgot to tell you I also can't have any form of sticking plaster on my skin either, not even the so- called non-allergenic. They still rip my skin to pieces.

I also have a very good burn cream that is good for me but has been taken off the market called Neosporin ointment which can take the pain out of a 3rd degree burn in seconds after being put on and within 1/2 an hour has reduced the burnt area to a light pink color and within eight hours there is no sign of ever being burned.

It defies all medical knowledge that it works so well with me but if I use any burn cream I burn and blister and it takes weeks to heal or if I put any water on the burn, it does the same.

Apparently there is nothing known to man that can make me heal that quick in the ointment there are a couple of steroids and apparently a trace element of silver. Maybe it's the silver that works for me, I have no idea, just that these things work for me and always have. I found a replacement for my Neosporin the other day called Kenacomb Ointment also Viaderm-K-C Cream also both work on me but I'd really like to get my hands on some Mercurochrome for cuts,gashes and wounds. Can someone please help with the location of a supplier.

Cheers, Eddy

By anon136831 — On Dec 24, 2010

is there a shelf life on Mercurochrome?

By anon136503 — On Dec 22, 2010

I am an Australian born 1957 and we grew up with it in my family. It is a magical thing because it not only stops infections apparently instantly, it takes all the pain that come the next day with anything from knuckle scrapes to major cuts. I would put it on the surface of any stitched wound whatever any doctor says.

No scars ever from small things and I am sure it minimizes scarring on major wounds, apparently by stopping infections. I got really mad when they stopped it in Australia, bought a few bottles that I found in chemists (most young ones have no idea and practically threw it at me) but now you can buy it online in Australia (and my wife, who is a total convert and uses it on all our kids, despite not having it in her family when she was young) reckons that she has seen it on a chemist's shelves lately.

I suspect that older chemists are sneaking it in, and there is I'd say little enforcement of the ban. It still costs hardly anything which is why it's banned I am almost sure - there is no money in it for drug companies (I assume that any patent on it has lapsed).

By anon131492 — On Dec 02, 2010

Mercury makes humans insane, taken internally or absorbed through the skin.

By anon130676 — On Nov 29, 2010

i had posted #30. i found mercurochrome online and have ordered it today. check it out! hopefully it it the same, as i have ordered 10 bottles.

By anon129716 — On Nov 24, 2010

my mother used this product on every cut and scrape we had as kids in the 50's and also swabbed our throats when they got sore. worked like a charm. the fastest way to cure a sore throat.

i had been using it right up until last week when my supply ran out. now it's banned? ridiculous! a product that actually works and the government doesn't believe in the people's right to choose their own medications. remember tannic acid spray for burns? try and find that one too!

By anon127546 — On Nov 16, 2010

Thank god Mercurochrome is freely available OTC in calcutta(India). I tried betadine, neosporin, savlon, cetrimide-cream, etc., etc., and nothing heals as quickly, painlessly, scarless and cheaply and nicely. It works on cuts, burns, mouth ulcers, blisters, insect bites, animal bites, bruises and skin infections.

I have my local pharmacy make me a 4 percent alcohol tincture (stings) and a 2 percent aqueous solution (cool and soothing). Often I use the 2 percent for mouth ulcers/cuts or dental problems.

I'm 39 now and have no problems. I keep a tiny vial of it in my bike's first-aid box too.

By anon127243 — On Nov 15, 2010

Had I known they were going to take this off the market I would have bought every bottle I could get my hands on. Since I put out the word I was looking for some a friend found a bottle in her grandmother's house. Almost feel like putting it under lock and key.

The way it took the soreness out of canker sores and fever blisters was close to magic. My grown kids know where to come for relief of soreness and pain.

By anon121190 — On Oct 23, 2010

They tell us Mercury is bad in Mercurochrome, but good in Thiomersal. I guess it just depends on who is paying for the research

By anon119697 — On Oct 19, 2010

what happens if your kid accidentally drinks a little mercurochrome? what should i do?

By anon101856 — On Aug 05, 2010

My Grandma used it on all of us grandkids. If there was a scrape she had it out. It was in her medicine cabinet until the day she died in 1998. Never hurt any of us.

By anon91627 — On Jun 22, 2010

The FDA banned it. Well, when something works but big pharma cannot get to make millions out of it, get the FDA to assist. It's amazing how they OK so many other toxic/big buck making products. What cost will it take to have it reinstated now?

I grew up with the use of mercurochrome 56 years.

By anon90430 — On Jun 16, 2010

I just get some from vietman.most of the farmasi in vietnam have Mercurochrome.

By anon90048 — On Jun 14, 2010

You can buy cigarettes. But not mercurochrome. Genius.

By anon88010 — On Jun 02, 2010

I grew up in South Africa and we used it for everything. It rocks! Stains everything, but clears out germs like a beauty.

By anon80679 — On Apr 28, 2010

i remember using it many years ago. I found some in a bottle by accident. I have used it for cuts and bruises and very good success. I just ran out of it. I found someone on the internet who sells it.

By anon79812 — On Apr 24, 2010

The FDA and the government can forget it. I am 55 years old and have used it since I was four years old. So did all my cousins and brother.

I have been looking for over a year for the stuff, because I ran out after years of using it on my children. My husband went through a bottle every couple months just by himself alone!

When will consumers ever have a say-so about products and when will anyone start listening?

I guess I will have to call Hong Kong and have it delivered!

By anon77378 — On Apr 14, 2010

i live in south africa and my baby has had the flu. now she has a cold sore on her upper lip, her nose is always running and the scar remains wet all the time and seems to be getting bigger too.

We still have the product from our chemist and i want to use it on her, but will it really help since her nose is always running? what should i do? mother in distress.

By anon76015 — On Apr 08, 2010

They banned it until more research can be done. I haven't ever used it. I was reading and came across this word and tried to look it up in two different dictionaries before I turned to the internet.

But from what I have read, there has been more good than harm been posted, so why can't it have a warning label like other drugs used today?

I think people of America should be able to make some of our own decisions about our health!

By anon73602 — On Mar 28, 2010

Its very simple really - it does not make enough money for someone. It's an inexpensive and efficient product, lasts long and does the job. Of course it's off the market. No money to be made on this one.

By anon69060 — On Mar 05, 2010

The FDA are thieves and crooks and are murderers wearing masks. They are slowly trying to poison the entire US with their so called "vaccines" that nobody needs. They use scare tactics to kill everyone slowly.

This product is the only known antiseptic that works as a charm on any wound and heals it fast. Its expected that FDA would ban it under some excuse. How does the FDA benefit if you heal fast? The manufacturer didn't have the money to prove that this product is safe as the burden of proof fell on them.

Mercury is poisonous in free form. Not in Merbromin. There is more mercury in tuna. It's a shame on us that we still trust these murderers.

By anon60805 — On Jan 16, 2010

I also frequently had tonsillitis as a child and my mother swabbed my throat with undiluted Mercurochrome. (She'd swear now that I'm making this up!)

I don't know if there is a correlation, but I had hormone problems all my life. In order to have a child, I went through in vitro fertilization. Thank God, that worked! Someday I'll remember to bring this up with my doctor. To date, no signs of cancer.

By anon59495 — On Jan 08, 2010

When I was a kid back in the late 50's and early 60's I used to get tonsillitis a lot, and my parents would mix mercurochrome with water put it in an atomizer and spray my tonsils with it. I now have cancer. I don't think it was meant to be used internally. Anyone else have a similar experience?

By anon56513 — On Dec 15, 2009

Wow, mercurochome is one of the best products around. I have used it and will continue to for the past 50 years. Recently, it was the only product that healed a wound within two days.

By anon52943 — On Nov 17, 2009

I acquired a third degree burn on the inside of my thigh, and applied a combination of mercurochrome and aloe from the plant twice a day and it healed quickly and without a trace of a scar.

I'm a believer in mercurochrome and have been for 50 years.

By anon51170 — On Nov 03, 2009

Mu mother in law used it on her fish when they got fin sores or fin fungus. Worked really well on them as well as us kids when we scraped a knee. Nothing has ever happened to any of us and of course the tropical fish don't live that long, so can't say there, but I do know that she never served her fish for dinner.

By anon46530 — On Sep 26, 2009

It was probably a good idea to ban this stuff. Even though it may not cause acute mercury poisoning, heavy metals can have insidious long term effects which are difficult to detect. For example, they can slowly cause decline in brain function and IQ. Plus there are tons of other definitely safe antiseptics around. Finally, Mercury accumulates in the environment. Mercurochrome may not harm you when you use it as an antibiotic, but when it makes it into the ecosystem and you end up eating it in your fish, it can be much more dangerous.

By anon45672 — On Sep 18, 2009

Back in 2000 I had stitches on my ankle that kept coming open. The doctor told me to use mercurochrome to close the wound and it worked. I'm now waiting for test results on an infection on my face and am going to go get it out and use it. I stocked up on it in the drug stores that still carried it in 2000.

By anon44310 — On Sep 07, 2009

My grandmother used this product herself for as long as I can remember and on all of us of course. She lived to 92 and died of heart failure (not cancer or mercury poisoning etc.). I know there are exceptions to every rule, but the stuff did work great and my mother swears by it.

By anon41696 — On Aug 17, 2009

wait, so is mercurochrome illegal or banned in the united states? because seriously, i'm just a teen and my mom put some of this stuff on a really bad blisters and hey, seriously, this stuff freaking works!!

And also, they sell this stuff in hong kong in really nice 30ml bottles and it doesn't sting!(no alcohol).

why do they have to ban this? it's better than that weird crappy cream that doctors give me.

By anon41677 — On Aug 16, 2009

I still have a little bottle of Mercurochrome and find it very helpful, and better than antibiotic cream. It does take the soreness out and that is probably due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

By anon40532 — On Aug 09, 2009

Wow! why do they ban all the products that work. The old saying keep them sick and keep them coming back. There is nothing wrong with the product mercurochrome. it's a great product.

By anon40531 — On Aug 09, 2009

Their is no reason to ban this product. I've used it for 70 years, and it does wonders. AUFE

By anon39886 — On Aug 04, 2009

I have had a type of mosquito bites all over the back of my legs for two weeks now. they itched so bad and turned into welts and were holding toxins in little blister forms. The only thing that started to heal these bites and relieve itching was epsom salts baths, applying vinegar/hydrogen peroxide, and finally, the mercurochrome was drawing the toxins out after only one-two uses. the lesions are now healing.

By anon32909 — On May 28, 2009

The great thing about Mercurochrome is that it took the soreness out of an injury. Too bad it's off the market.

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