Boron

General Information

Description: Boron is an independent disinfectant antifungal, antiparasitic (anti-pedicidal) and antibacterial.

Medicinal forms of boron:

The medicinal form of boron application is diverse:

  • An ointment for external use. Ointments, which include boric acid: boric petrolatum, Teimur’s paste, which is used as an effective remedy for removing odor of sweat; boron-zinc liniment is used for various skin diseases;
  • Powder for external use. This is the salt of boric acid, or borax. Uses for rinses and inhalations of the upper respiratory tract. In some cases, this powder, together with other ingredients, is used to rinse the oral cavity;
  • The solution for external use is prescribed for washing eyes, wounds, rinsing cavities, for lotions or acne. For this purpose, an aqueous solution of 1 to 4%, corresponding to the prescribing physician, is used;
  • Alcohol solution for external use consists of ethyl alcohol and boric acid. It is used in a concentration of 0.5-5% as an antiseptic for burns, like ear drops, with the formation of cracks and dry skin.

In the complex treatment of joint diseases, various biologically active additives (BAA) are widely used, including boron. But most often boron is present in an insoluble form and therefore very poorly absorbed by the body (not more than 10%). In recent years, scientists have artificially synthesized a soluble boron compound – calcium fructoborate, which is a compound of fructose, calcium and boron. This compound completely corresponds to the natural form of boron content in plant foods, and therefore it is absorbed almost completely.

Effects:

  • Boron is involved in the formation of bone tissue, increasing its strength and preventing the development of osteoporosis;
  • In addition, boron normalizes the metabolism in the tissues of the joint apparatus. Studies have shown that the content of boron in the joint tissues in patients with arthritis is several times less than in healthy people;
  • Boron plays a major role in the regulation of mineral metabolism, in particular phosphorus, magnesium and calcium;
  • Boron promotes the growth of muscle mass of the body.

Toxicological properties and adverse reactions:

Boron-containing drugs are not dangerous for the body, if they are used according to the doctor’s prescriptions. In no case you should take boric acid or drugs with its content orally. Such drugs increase the risk of an intestinal disorder and problems with the respiratory tract.

A lethal dose for an adult when boric acid hits the digestive organs of 15-20 g. The child has a significantly lower dose – 4-5 g.

Warnings:

Since boric acid has no taste, smell and irritating effect, it was considered harmless. But later, for a number of reasons, the application was limited. The fact is that only a small amount of boron in the human body is split. In other cases, the use of a boron-containing drug can lead to serious poisoning. And acute poisoning affects brain cells, mucous membranes and skin.

These nuances of use have excluded boric acid from the number of safe medical devices. Before using any boron-based medications, you should consult a doctor.

Contraindications:

Contraindications for using boron-containing drugs: hypersensitivity, renal dysfunction, pregnancy, breast age (up to 1 year). Ointments and other medicines with boron are not prescribed for damage to the skin more than 40%.

Adverse reactions:

In case of an overdose, a person can experience stomatitis and eczema, swelling of the tissues, menstrual irregularity, anemia and convulsions. In such cases, urgent medical care is needed. The danger is that boric acid is slowly excreted from the body, which can cause irreparable harm to human health.

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