The main defensive barrier of our body is the skin and numerous infectious conditions fall on it, such as burns and wounds that can alter our quality of life.

There are many pathologies that affect this important organ and there are also many drugs that are created by pharmaceutical industries, to reduce the negative effects , among them is furacin.

In this article, we will describe the characteristics of this medication, its most relevant aspects and in what situations your doctor can prescribe it for you.

What is furacin?

Furacin is a medicine with antiseptic, disinfectant and antibacterial activity, for the vast majority of pathogenic germs that cause skin infections. Its active ingredient is nitrofural or nitrofurazone , a drug that inhibits the growth of microorganisms that cause skin damage. (1)

The presentation of furacin is in a tube with ointment of 30 g and 100 g , or in a plastic jar of 500 g. Its administration is topically only in adults , applied locally on the lesion or spread on sterile gauze and then placed on the lesion and secured with a bandage technique once a day.

Important: Do not take this medicine without the supervision of your doctor.

What is furacin used for?

Furacin ointment is indicated for the treatment of different skin conditions such as those described below:

1. Skin infections

Skin infection occurs when pathogens that may or may not inhabit the skin multiply very rapidly due to a stimulus and attack it, causing some diseases such as cellulite, impetigo, scabies, herpes simplex, among others. 

Note: Scientific articles describe the antimicrobial property of furacin against Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria . (two)

2. Burns, wounds and abrasions

In the case of burns, wounds and abrasions, furacin is indicated to prevent infection and stimulate the wound healing process.

To highlight: Some studies corroborate the effectiveness of the use of nitrofurazone in the wound healing process (3) . Likewise, the use of furacin has been indicated for the treatment of patients with burns. (4)

furacin side effects

The use of furacin ointment may cause the following adverse reactions in some patients:

  • Allergy to nitrofurazone or any component of furacin.
  • Pathogen overgrowth, secondary infection or irritation.
  • Skin disorders.

You should know: If any of the above adverse effects appear during the use of furacin ointment, you should stop treatment and consult your doctor.

contraindications of furacin

The use of furacin is contraindicated in the following situations:

  • If you are sensitive to nitrofurazone or any component of furacin ointment.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • It should not be applied to children, since its safety in this segment of the population has not been studied.
  • If you have a kidney disorder.

Important: It is advisable to review your medical history with your doctor, before starting treatment with furacin.

Key Findings

  • Furacin is an antibiotic medication for use on the skin.
  • The active component of furacin is nitrofurazone.
  • Furacin ointment is indicated to treat different skin conditions , such as infections, burns, wounds and abrasions.
  • Furacin ointment should be administered and dosed under the supervision of a specialist physician.

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