Burow's Solution

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Burow’s Solution


(named for the German physician K. A. Burow, 1809-74), an 8-percent solution of aluminum acetate that has an astringent, anti-inflammatory, and disinfectant effect. Burow’s solution is used in fissures of the skin and for rinses, lotions, syringings, and treatment of wounds.

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