By Gary M. White, MD
Gentian violet (GV) is an interesting dye that has antimycotic, antibacterial, antihelmintic, and antantiangioenic properties. It is active against many organisms, including Candida, Streptococcus, Pseudomonas and Staphylocccus.
- It is FDA approved to be sold OTC
- It is applied topically for impetigo, burns, thrush, and to coat newborn umbilical cords.
- It is also known as crystal violet, methyl violet and pyocayanin.
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