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Should potassium permanganate be used in wound care?

Potassium permanganate is a mild antiseptic with astringent properties. It is used in dermatology to treat weeping skin conditions. Potassium permanganate tablets are commonly used in clinical practice. The 400mg (1:1,000) tablets are diluted in four litres of water to give a dilution of 1:10,000 (0.01%) (British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, 2003).

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