Povidone iodine, often referred to by its brand name Betadine, is an antiseptic and disinfectant agent used in healthcare settings and home medicine cabinets. It contains iodine, which has broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, and povidone, a water-soluble polymer that helps release iodine in a controlled manner. Povidone iodine is commonly used to clean and disinfect wounds, surgical sites, and skin before surgery or invasive procedures. It is also used in the treatment of minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Povidone iodine solutions come in various concentrations and formulations, including solutions, ointments, and scrubs. It is important to follow the instructions provided by healthcare professionals or on the product label when using povidone iodine to ensure proper application and effectiveness while minimizing the risk of adverse reactions.