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Boric Acid

Boric Acid
By Medicover Hospitals / 25 Dec 2020
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Boric Acid

Boric acid is a very effective treatment and prevention for yeast infections. It helps in promoting the proper acid balance in the vagina. The medication is used for treating yeast infections of the vagina and helps in relieving symptoms such as itching and burning. Boric acid can treat infections that are resistant to first-line treatment. If these don't work, a doctor may recommend the use of boric acid or another treatment, such as nystatin or flucytosine.

  1. Boric Acid uses
  2. Boric Acid side effects
  3. Precautions
  4. Boric Acid Dosage
  5. Boric Acid Storage
  6. Boric acid VS Salicylic Acid
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Citations

Boric Acid Uses:

Boric acid has very mild antiseptic and antifungal actions. It is a homoeopathic prescription medicine which contains probiotics bacteria and also it contains antioxidants of Vitamin C and E. The medication helps in replenishing normal vaginal acidity and balancing vaginal flora.

Boric Acid Side effects


  • Common side effects of Boric acid are:
    • Vaginal discomfort
    • Mild burning sensation after inserting a capsule
    • Watery vaginal discharge
    • Hives
  • Some of the serious side effects of Boric Acid are:
    • Fever
    • Nausea
    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Blood vessel disorder
    • Redness in the vaginal area

    Precautions:


  • Before taking this medicine talk to your doctor if you’re allergic to it or are having any of these problems:
    • Pain or tenderness in the pelvis or lower stomach
    • Fever or nausea
    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Poor immune system
    • Blood vessel disorder
  • Before taking this medicine talk to your doctor if you’re having any allergies or taking any kind of prescription, non-prescribe, or any herbal products.

  • How to use Boaric Acid?

    Before you try boric acid take an appointment with a doctor for proper diagnosis. They will also offer guidance on how boric acid can be used and other alternative remedies. Follow all the directions written on the boric acid prescription label. Avoid using the medicine in larger or smaller amounts as recommended.

  • Don’t take this medicine by mouth. Boric acid is only used in the vagina. Avoid using this medicine if you are having open sores, wounds, ulcerations in the vaginal area.
  • The regular dosage of boric acid is 1 suppository which inserted into the vagina once a day for 3 to 6 days in a row. Follow the doctor's dosage instructions.
  • Wash the hands before and after inserting the vaginal suppository.
  • Avoid handling the suppository for a long time or it will melt in your hands. Boric Acid Vaginal Suppositories are packaged with single-use disposable applicators.
  • Use this medication only with the applicator provided. Do not reuse a disposable applicator. You can use a sanitary pad to keep the medicine from staining your clothes, but don't use a tampon.
  • Keep each vaginal suppository in the foil pouch until you are ready to insert one.

  • Boric Acid Dosage:

  • Hylafem (R):
  • Acute infection: 1 capsule inserted vaginally with an applicator once a day for 3 days
  • Chronic infection: 1 capsule inserted vaginally with an applicator once a day for 6 days
  • Applications:

    • Treatment of vaginal infection
    • Rebalance vaginal pH and restore normal health
    • Helps relieve internal and external vaginal burning, itching and irritation
    • Helps reduce odour due to vaginal infection

    What should be avoided while using Boric acid?

    Avoid having sex while you are treating a vaginal infection. Boric acid does not treat or prevent sexually transmitted diseases.

    Missed dose:

    Missing one or two-dose of Boric acid won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible ifyou have missed the dose.


    Overdose:

    Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Boric acid tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency.


    Boric Acid Storage:

    Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

    Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).

    Before taking boric acid consult your Doctor. In case you face any problems or get any side effects after taking boric acid, rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take boric acid.


    Boric acid VS. Salicylic Acid:

    Boric Acid
    Salicylic Acid
    Boric acid is a very effective treatment and prevention for yeast infections. It helps in promoting the proper acid balance in the vagina. The medication is used for treating yeast infections of the vagina and helps in relieving symptoms such as itching and burning. It’s a beta hydroxy acid, well known for reducing acne by exfoliating the skin and keeping the pores clear. Salicylic acid can be found in OTC (over-the-counter) products. These are also available in prescription-strength formulas. Salicylic acid is best for mild acne i.e. blackheads and whiteheads.
    Boric acid has very mild antiseptic and antifungal actions. It is a homoeopathic prescription medicine which contains probiotics bacteria and also it contains antioxidants of Vitamin C and E. The medication helps in replenishing normal vaginal acidity and balancing vaginal flora. The medications are used on the skin for treating common skin and foot warts. Salicylic acid helps the wart to peel off gradually. This is also used to remove corns and calluses. The product should not be applied on the face or on moles, birthmarks and genital/anal warts. Salicylic acid comes in the form of cloth (wipe used to cleanse the skin), cream, lotion, liquid, gel, ointment, shampoo and patch to apply to the skin or scalp.
    Some of the common side effects of Boric acid are:
    • Vaginal discomfort
    • Mild burning sensation after inserting a capsule
    • Watery vaginal discharge
    • Hives
    Some common and serious side effects that can be seen are:
    • Skin
    • Irritation
    • Dizziness
    • Tirednessor Weakness
    • Headache
    • Fast breathing
    • Ringing or buzzing in the ears
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    Yeast infections are common in healthy adults. Researchers continue to search for treatments that have fewer side effects, better tolerability, and lower cost, as well as being highly effective.

    A person can treat vaginal yeast infections with oral medications, usually antifungal. These require a prescription. Other medications are available without a prescription. Boric acid is a common alternative treatment that doctors recommend if first-line treatment hasn't worked or if the infection recurs. People with recurrent vaginal yeast infections may benefit from using boric acid capsules. A doctor can advise you on the best dose and how long to use the medicine.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Boric acid has very mild antiseptic and antifungal actions. It is a homoeopathic prescription medicine which contains probiotics bacteria and also it contains antioxidants of Vitamin C and E. The medication helps in replenishing normal vaginal acidity and balancing vaginal flora.
    Boric acid will not prevent the infection from spreading to the partner. It will not treat sexually transmitted disease.
    Boric acids take between 4-12 hours to dissolve. Avoid any intercourse till the boric acid is dissolved.

    Citations:

  • Boric Acid, https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00003495-198938040-00004
  • Treatment,https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0002937803007269