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Burow's Solution

By: Dr. Nicholas Dodman

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Overview

  • Burow's solution is a solution of aluminum acetate in water.
  • It is used as an astringent wet dressing to relieve inflammatory conditions of the skin, such as insect bites, swelling, allergies and bruises.
  • Burow's solution has antibacterial effects, and will inhibit the growth of bacteria commonly found in ear infections.
  • Burow's solution is available over the counter but should not be administered except under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.
  • This drug is not approved for use in animals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) but may be prescribed legally by veterinarians as an extra-label drug.

    Brand Names and Other Names

  • This drug is registered for use in humans only.
  • Burow's solution is supplied by numerous drug companies, in various generic formulations, and comes with a variety of trade names..
  • Veterinary formulations: None

    Uses of Burow's Solution

  • Burow's solution is used as an astringent and drying agent. It is also used to treat scratching and inflammation.
  • Burow's solution has been used to cleanse damaged and/or infected skin of debris and to treat ear infections.

    Precautions and Side Effects

  • While generally safe and effective when prescribed by a veterinarian, Burow's solution may cause reactions in some animals.
  • Burow's solution should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug or to aluminum acetate.
  • Burow's solution should be discontinued if it is associated with excessive irritation, or if the condition continues to worsen despite several days of treatment. It is important to contact your veterinarian in either case.
  • Burow's solution is designed for topical use only; it should not be taken internally.
  • The drug should not come into contact with the eyes. The solution is acidic and will sting.
  • Skin areas treated with Burow's solution should not be covered with impervious dressings that prevent evaporation.

    How Burow's Solution is Supplied

  • Burow's solution is available in powder form that dissolves in water and as a premixed solution.

    Dosing Information

  • Burow's solution should be applied to a clean cloth or gauze that is gently squeezed and applied to the affected area. Various concentrations can be used. Consult your veterinarian to determine the appropriate concentration to use.
  • The solution should be applied to the affected area every 15 to 30 minutes.
  • The duration of administration depends on the condition being treated, response to the medication and the development of any adverse effects. Be certain to complete the prescription unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian. Even if your pet feels better, the entire treatment plan should be completed to prevent relapse.




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