Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic that fights bacteria.

Chlorhexidine topical (for the skin) is used to clean the skin to prevent infection that may be caused by surgery, injection, or skin injury.

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  • Betasept, Biopatch, Calgon Vesta, ChloraPrep One-Step, Dyna-Hex, Hibiclens, Hibistat Towelette, Scrub Care Exidine, Spectrum-4
  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking chlorhexidine topical:

    Incidence not known:
    Blistering, burning, itching, peeling, skin rash, redness, swelling, or other signs of irritation on the skin
    swelling of the face, hands, or feet
    trouble breathing
  • (topical soap, topical liquid, mucous membrane liquid, mucous membrane insert, topical pad, topical sponge, compounding liquid, topical dressing)