Gentian violet is an antiseptic dye used to treat fungal infections of the skin (e.g., ringworm, athlete’s foot). It also has weak antibacterial effects and may be used on minor cuts and scrapes to prevent infection.
This product has been withdrawn from the Canadian market due to safety problems.
Redness, swelling, or irritation at the application site may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.