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The antiseptic properties of boric acid were discovered in the 60s. It was then that they began to actively use the drug in medicine.
Acid is used only externally. There are different concentrations in pharmacies, which are all prepared on the basis of 70% ethyl alcohol. Boric acid can be used to create an antiseptic.
What it is? Why can it act as an antiseptic?
Boric acid is a disinfectant and antiseptic agent that is prescribed not only for adults, but also for children. It is extracted from boron-containing minerals. This substance is in the form of transparent crystals. In appearance, boric acid resembles small fish scales. Has no smell.
It is widely used as an antiseptic, available in three types:
- Alcohol solution (up to 5%).
- Powder (from 5 grams).
- Ointment 5% (25 g).
At first, the acid was used internally and externally. But after there was evidence of its toxicity, the agent began to be used only externally. Currently, it is used only for antiseptic treatment of skin and mucous membranes. The solution is quickly absorbed into the skin, enters the bloodstream and then naturally excreted.
The drug cleans well the skin and pores from bacteria and natural secretions. Effective against viruses, parasites and fungi. The drug acts at the cellular level, breaking down protein.
Advantages and disadvantages
Any substance has advantages and disadvantages, which you must familiarize yourself with in advance.
- The drug is completely safe for the skin.
- Does not damage clothing.
- Removes various impurities.
- It has a strong antiseptic effect against all viruses.
- Regulates the sebaceous glands.
- Destroys pathological microorganisms.
By cons include side effects that appear due to an overdose or prolonged use of boric acid.
- Skin rash.
- Impaired renal function.
- Overdrying of the skin.
- Boric acid is also highly toxic.
How to cook with your own hands: step by step instructions
Everyone knows that boric alcohol is not the safest product, so it is better not to use it in its pure form. But in combination with other components, the drug effectively copes with bacteria.
Those who have not had time to buy antiseptics can prepare it at home from alcohol and other products. During an epidemic of the virus, WHO recommends the use of alcohol-based antiseptics.
So, for cooking you need the following components:
- Boric alcohol 70% - 25 ml.
- Glycerin - 2 ml.
- Chlorhexidine (can be replaced with aloe juice, hydrogen peroxide) - 1.5 ml.
- You need to find a handy little bottle.
- Add all of the above drugs there and shake well.
- The antiseptic is ready. The solution does not have a pungent smell of alcohol, it is well distributed over the hands.
Boric acid powder can be used.
- You need to take boiled water (1.5 liters), cool it.
- Dissolve 4 mg of powder in water. Add half a liter of rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of glycerin.
- For scent, you can add essential oil.
- Mix everything and leave in a cool place for 3 days.
- Pour the liquid into convenient containers before use.
Be sure to add glycerin. It is needed in order not to dry out the skin of the hands. Also, this component will make the antiseptic more sticky to the hands.
Homemade antiseptic cost
reference! The cost is subject to change. If the volume of the product is larger, then the price is slightly higher.
An antiseptic prepared at home will cost about 150 rubles.
- Boric acid with a volume of 25 ml costs 60 rubles. In a glass bottle, 30-45 rubles are much cheaper.
- Glycerin from 20 p.
- Chlorhexidine from 39 p.
First of all, you need to wash your hands with soap (preferably household). Then dry them. Then take an antiseptic, apply on a cotton pad and thoroughly wipe your hands, fingers, palms.
After processing, discard the cotton pad. Wait until your hands are dry. It is not recommended to handle your hands frequently. It is best to do this 2-3 times a day.
The list of contraindications is quite large. Therefore, before using acid, you must read all the points.
Boric acid should not be used even as an antiseptic:
- when breastfeeding;
- kidney dysfunction;
- babies up to 1 year old;
- at elevated body temperature;
- the product should not be applied if the skin of the hands is too dry;
- the presence of an ear infection;
- individual intolerance.
Also, due to a possible overdose, it is not recommended to use the product for the elderly. Even when it comes to the antiseptic drug for coronavirus.
Boric acid is a versatile remedy from which you can prepare an antiseptic at home. It is enough to mix the acid with glycerin and chlorhexidine. The main thing is to observe all proportions. If there are contraindications, then it is necessary to consult a doctor.