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Concerning tincture of iodine: please help. I don't know what I've done.

Asked by JinglePerson (7points) 2 weeks ago

I was stressed insofar as forgetting how to properly take my meds, and so I applied a half a dropper of a tincture of iodine on the underside of my tongue. Immediately upon contact, I spit it out and proceeded to rinse my mouth. However, about an hour later, the affected area still has a slight burn and feels dry. Furthermore, that metallic taste still remains. Should I be worried, and are there any oral remedies for this?

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seawulf575's avatar

Tincture of Iodine is made with ethanol. Ethanol is an alcohol and on the underside of your tongue would definitely make a burning feeling and could dry out the skin. I’m not a doctor so I am not 100% sure of the medical impact, but since you put it in your mouth then spit it out and rinsed, I’d say the chances of any negative impacts is pretty low.

Iodine is needed by your body. Your thyroid gland needs it. If you take too much your body will just purge it. Tincture of Iodine is made of some elemental iodine along with potassium iodine and possibly sodium iodine (salts) as well as the ethanol and water. I wouldn’t drink it, but the little bit you may have ingested will likely not hurt you.

In the future, look at the label. It probably says “topical” of “for external use only”. Use them that way. Any medications or first aid treatments you are planning to use should always be used per the instructions.

gorillapaws's avatar

If you’re concerned, you can call poison control.

JinglePerson's avatar

White streaks indicative of necrosis began to form, two hours after I submitted that question. Moreover, the frenulum of my tongue begins to feel really dry and as if it is constricting, when I drink water.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Go see the doc. We can’t help you.

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