Potassium Permanganate – Uses, Application – What You need to know?
Potassium permanganate is a chemical known to medicine for many years. The product has a characteristic pink-purple colour and a fresh fragrance. It was used by our grandmothers to disinfect wounds because it has an antiseptic and astringent effect.
Potassium Permanganate “Condy's Crystals”
Potassium permanganate, also known as Condy's Crystals, is a chemical that can also be found under the chemical abbreviation KMnO4 is a crystalline substance in the form of dark purple crystals with a metallic sheen. It easily dissolves in water, and water solutions, depending on the number of crystals used and the obtained KMnO4 concentration, have a color from light pink to dark purple and are characterized by a unique fresh scent. Potassium permanganate belongs to the group of antiseptic agents which under the influence of organic compounds are reduced, which causes the release of oxygen which destroys bacteria, fungi and protozoa.
For therapeutic purposes, aqueous solutions of potassium permanganate are used, which have a broad anti-microbial effect. KMnO4 solution effectively reduces inflammation, and also works as a remedy for viral, fungal, bacterial and protozoal infections. After applying a pink solution, the skin becomes purple-pink, which is the distinguishing feature of potassium permanganate.
Potassium Permanganate – application */** (see bellow)
Potassium permanganate HD Chemicals is a substance used primarily to disinfect all kinds of wounds, including purulent wounds. It can be used to disinfect acne wounds, remembering that the solution may stain the skin pink or pink-purple depending on the concentration used. Potassium permanganate solution can be used to disinfect the throat during an infection and should not be swallowed. The solution can be used for baths, which help in the treatment of wounds, chafes and prickly heat also in young children.
Potassium Permanganate for bath */** (see bellow)
Baths with the addition of HD potassium permanganate support and accelerate the healing of wounds, chafes and prickly heat in adults, children and infants. It has a disinfecting and astringent effect. The potassium permanganate crystals should first be dissolved in a glass of water, and then the resulting solution should be poured into a bathtub filled with water. Crystals should not be thrown directly into a bathtub or baby bathtub, as undissolved crystals may cause irritation. It is worth remembering that bathing in potassium permanganate causes a brown color of the skin, so it is not worth taking a bath with its addition before an important event.
Sits are specific baths in which only the reproductive organs and the end of the anus are immersed. According to the folk tradition, grandmothers often recommended baths for various intimate infections, and doctors may recommend baths of this type after the procedures performed, but they are not necessary. During an infection, it is necessary to carefully care for the hygiene of the infected area to prevent the development of an infection. It is worth mentioning that in women with cancer of the reproductive organs who have undergone irradiation of the reproductive system organs, sits baths are definitely prohibited due to the possibility of increased hemorrhage.
Potassium Permanganate for wounds */** (see bellow)
Wound decontamination is an important element in preventing the development of infection. Potassium Permanganate in the form of a purple solution is an effective wound disinfectant, which additionally causes tightening and contraction of the edges of the fresh wound, which accelerates healing. To prepare the solution, dissolve a dozen or so crystals of potassium permanganate in water to obtain a purple-colored liquid, which can then be washed the wound, and then protected against contamination with a plaster or bandage.
Potassium Permanganate for acne */** (see bellow)
Acne lesions are characteristic of adolescence, but acne lesions also occur in infants and adults. Acne is a purulent skin lesion that results from the growth of bacteria on contaminated skin, which in excessive amounts secretes sebum that clogs the skin's pores. For disinfecting purposes and soothing bright red acne lesions, light compresses or washing the face with a solution of potassium permanganate can be used. Mouth rinsing is also effective in treating baby acne. It is worth remembering that after rubbing the skin with KMnO4 tonic, it may become dry, so you should moisturize it with good-quality creams.
Potassium Permanganate - for chafing*/** (see bellow)
Skin burns are caused by the rubbing of two sweaty surfaces of the skin. Sweat allows bacteria to grow, which is why irritated skin causes painful inflammation of the skin. Burns are often seen in babies on the bottom who wear synthetic diapers, and during the summer in adults, especially obese people. Potassium permanganate baths can be effective in accelerating the healing process of heat rash and chafing.
Potassium Permanganate as Fire Starter*/** (see bellow)
Potassium Permanganate will start a fire when mixed with a couple of different compounds. Glycerin is the most common, but antifreeze will also do the trick. Antifreeze seems to create a reaction that is a little more violent. Be very careful when using either. The reaction is not always immediate. It can take several seconds for the reaction to start a fire – let it be.
After gathering all the necessary fire tinder and large pieces of wood to keep your fire going, place a teaspoon of Potassium permanganate on a flat surface. Carefully add the same amount of Glycerine or Antifreeze evenly on top of your pile. Next, stand back a couple of feet and wait at the ready with your tinder.
Mix sugar in with the Glycerin before adding to your Condy’s Crystals, and you’ll get a decent signal smoke.
Potassium Permanganate for water purification*/** (see bellow)
Use of this product is relatively straightforward. First, if there is any sediment in the water, strain it out. Then add 3 – 4 crystals per liter of water. Stir or shake for a few seconds then let sit for 2 hours. The water should be a light pink (a concentration of 1:10,000) – no darker.
Here are some proportions for killing the different nasty organisms that can find their way into water:
Bacteria require a minimum of 2.5mg per liter of water.
Viruses require a minimum of 50mg (close to danger levels) per liter.
Potassium permanganate can become toxic in high concentrations, just like anything. The lowest recorded instance of a person poisoned was 100mg per kilogram of body weight. That said, the LD50 scale for Potassium Permanganate is 1900mg per kilogram of body weight.
Potassium Permanganate - price, where to buy in UK?
Potassium Permanganate crystals for dissolution in water can be purchased in Great Britain online from the HD Chemicals LTD online store or directly from the company headquarters in Plymouth, Devon.
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It is worth remembering that KMnO4 should only be used in the form of an aqueous solution!
Potassium Permanganate - harmful
Be very careful when using a potassium permanganate solution, as using a solution with too high a concentration is corrosive! The concentration from 0.025 to 0.05% is considered safe and effective at the same time, which can be obtained by dissolving a few to a dozen crystals in a glass of water. If you accidentally drink a potassium permanganate solution, you should drink a glass of milk immediately after the incident to neutralize the poison. It is worth remembering that the use of a potassium permanganate solution causes the skin to turn brown. Potassium Permanganate is an antiseptic substance which, when used in low concentrations, is safe for use on the skin and mucous membranes, while in too high concentrations it can burns and irritate the skin.
*Possible side effects - Incorrectly used potassium permanganate solution can cause some side effects. In high concentrations, this compound can be highly corrosive. Most often, improper use of the solution can provoke: convulsions, irritation of the skin and mucous membranes, skin allergies
**All information in this article is only a description of the possible uses of "Condy's Crystals" Potassium Permanganate. Remember that we do not recommend using this product without first contacting a specialist doctor. Chemicals supplied by HD Chemicals LTD should be used with all safety rules. The company is not responsible for any malfunction of the product, Potassium Permanganate solution. We recommend using this remedy only after a medical consultation and the responsibility rests with the person using the product.