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Old 04-16-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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Whatever happened to Mercurochrome and Merthiolate?

When I was a kid those two were the antiseptic of choice. After my first introduction to Merthiolate, I never complained about mecurochrome ever again. Decided I'd rather live with the cuts and scrapes. A painful, yet effective treatment at the time.

So whatever happened to Mercurochrome and Merthiolate? How do they work?

A. Mercurochrome is a trade name for merbromin, a compound containing mercury and bromine. Merthiolate is a trade name for thimerosal, a compound containing mercury and sodium.

Both these compounds kill some (but not all) disease-causing microbes by denaturing enzymes and other proteins so that the microbes' metabolism is blocked; they do this by breaking up chemical bonds in the proteins.

Both have been widely used as topical antiseptics, applied to the surface of the skin of a living body. Thimerosal is still often used to help rid skin of bacteria before medical procedures. Mercurochrome is not widely used anymore.

Both Mercurochrome and Merthiolate (and iodine preparations, too) sting when applied to broken skin and can interfere with healing. Experts now recommend that first aid kits contain newer antibacterial creams, especially those containing bacitracins, a class of antibacterials first produced by other microorganisms.

Mecuricome is a dark red topical antiseptic containing mercury. Before the proliferation of over the counter first aid medicines, and FDA regulations which stopped its manufacture, Mecuricome was used throughout the world to treat minor cuts, scrapes, sores, and other external infectious conditions. The liquid was only sold in small quantities, since one application by Q-tip was extremely effective.
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We used to call it Monkey Blood, you could tell when someone fell with their bike and had road rash, they were covered with that stuff on every little spot that looked like it was bleeding. Who ever was applying it would say "It won't burn for long, just blow on it."
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I still remember with clarity when I tore up my knee and my mom cleaned out the gravel and cleaned it up with that stuff. Never told her about getting hurt again after that. Stuff was worse than alcohol.
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We used to call it Monkey Blood, you could tell when someone fell with their bike and had road rash, they were covered with that stuff on every little spot that looked like it was bleeding.
That stuff was used for everything.
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I still remember with clarity when I tore up my knee and my mom cleaned out the gravel and cleaned it up with that stuff. Never told her about getting hurt again after that. Stuff was worse than alcohol.
We refer to it as the anti whine medication.
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It might be the mercury killing all those brain cell thing that made it go away.
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i miss it - and want to make sure my kid grows up tough like us so when he gets a cut i pour as much lemon juice as i cand find on it
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Monkey blood now also comes in a clear version - which makes the name not work anymore
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We used to call it Monkey Blood, you could tell when someone fell with their bike and had road rash, they were covered with that stuff on every little spot that looked like it was bleeding. Who ever was applying it would say "It won't burn for long, just blow on it."
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That's a shame.. didn't they learn anything from Pepsi Clear?
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My mom actually used Merthiolate for rouge. She couldn't afford makeup and the stuff lasted all day.
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Paregoric and Monkey Blood were the staples of a first aid kit when I was growing up. I dont know where my mom got the paregoric but it worked on most anything.
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mmm, mercury monkey blood. burned so good. my granny would say "no, this is mahcuracrome, not mathialate. it doesnt burn" in her yat accent. that **** still burned.
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