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Carbol-fuchsin solution (Topical)

Uses for carbol-fuchsin solution

Carbol-fuchsin is used to treat postoperative phenol nail procedures. It may also be used as a first aid antiseptic drying agent in skin conditions where there is too much moisture. Carbol-fuchsin solution may also be used for other infections as determined by your doctor.

Carbol-fuchsin solution is available without a prescription.

Before using carbol-fuchsin solution

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For carbol-fuchsin solution, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to carbol-fuchsin solution or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


If you are treating an infant or child with eczema, do not use carbol-fuchsin more than once a day. Although there is no specific information comparing use of carbol-fuchsin in children treated for other conditions with use in other age groups, carbol-fuchsin solution is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults.


Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults or if they cause different side effects or problems in older people. There is no specific information comparing use of carbol-fuchsin in the elderly with use in other age groups.

Interactions with medicines

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Proper use of carbol-fuchsin solution

Carbol-fuchsin is a poison if swallowed. Use only on the affected areas as directed. Do not swallow carbol-fuchsin solution. Do not use near the eyes or over large areas of the body. Do not use on deep wounds, puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns.

Before applying carbol-fuchsin solution, wash the affected areas with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.

Using an applicator or swab, apply carbol-fuchsin solution only to the affected areas. Do not bandage the area.


The dose of carbol-fuchsin solution will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of carbol-fuchsin solution. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

Missed dose

If you miss a dose of carbol-fuchsin solution, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.


Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Precautions while using carbol-fuchsin solution

If your skin problem does not improve within 1 week, or if it becomes worse, check with your doctor.

Carbol-fuchsin solution will stain skin and clothing. Avoid getting it on your clothes. The stain will slowly wear off your skin.

Carbol-fuchsin solution side effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.