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Aluminum Acetate

What Is Aluminum Acetate Used For?

Aluminum acetate is a salt that is used as a topical astringent to treat skin irritations from:

  • poison ivy
  • poison oak
  • poison sumac
  • substances such as soaps and cosmetics
  • insect bites
  • jewelry

Aluminum acetate is particularly helpful for foot problems including athlete’s foot, swelling, and excessive sweating. The astringent is also used to treat ear canal infections.

What Precautions Should I Be Aware Of?

Aluminum acetate is for external use only. Do not compress or dress the area being treated with plastic to prevent evaporation. 

How Should I Use This Medicine?

Aluminum acetate is applied topically to the site of irritation. It is most commonly available in a powdered form that is mixed with water, or can be used in a soak.

What Side Effects May I Experience?

Aluminum acetate can result in skin dryness, irritation, and inflammation.

How Should I Store This Medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from excessive heat or at room temperature. Keep powder packets in a tightly sealed container. 

Other Names/Brand Names

Aluminum acetate is also known as Aluminum Acetate Topical Solution USP.

Additional Information

Stop use and consult a medical professional if symptoms worsen or continue. 

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Written by: Julia Haskins
Medically reviewed on: Jan 15, 2012: George Krucik, MD, MBA

This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to replace the care and information received from your health care provider. Please consult a health care professional with any health concerns you may have.
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