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What should I discuss with my health are provider before using chlorhexidine topical?

You should not use chlorhexidine topical if you are allergic to it.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have any allergies to food, dyes, animals, or medicines.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether chlorhexidine topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether chlorhexidine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not breast-feed if you are using this medicine to treat a skin condition in the breast area.

Be very careful when using chlorhexidine topical on a child younger than 2 months old. This medication may cause severe irritation or chemical burns on a very young child.

How should I use chlorhexidine topical?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Rinse the skin before applying chlorhexidine topical gel or dressing. Apply only enough to cover the area you are treating.

To use chlorhexidine topical soap, apply only enough to cover the area you are treating. Wash the area gently, then rinse thoroughly with plain water. Avoid using over large areas of skin.

Do not apply this medication to deep cuts, scrapes, or open skin wounds. Chlorhexidine topical can also be harmful if it gets in your eyes, ears, mouth, nose, rectum, or vagina.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using chlorhexidine topical.

Some forms of this medicine are flammable. Do not use while you are smoking, or near high heat or open flame.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Do not freeze. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.

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