Acetic Acid Irrigation

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Acetic acid, a colorless liquid renowned for its antiseptic and therapeutic properties, is harnessed in medical settings through irrigation procedures. The use of a diluted solution allows for controlled application, making it a valuable tool in cleansing, disinfecting, and treating specific bodily areas.

Colposcopy, a prevalent diagnostic technique in gynecology, is a prime example of how acetic acid irrigation enhances visibility, aiding in the identification and biopsy of abnormal cervical tissues.

Beyond diagnostics, acetic acid irrigation extends its influence to therapeutic applications. It plays a role in addressing various skin conditions and even ear infections, showcasing its versatility.

What is Acetic Acid Irrigation 

Acetic acid irrigation is a medical procedure that involves the controlled application of a diluted solution of acetic acid for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Acetic acid, a clear, colorless liquid with a strong, pungent odor, is a weak acid and a main component of vinegar. In the context of medical applications, acetic acid is utilized in a carefully regulated and diluted form to achieve specific effects in various medical specialties.



Prescription only

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