Gentian violet: a 19th century drug re-emerges in the 21st century.

@article{Maley2013GentianVA,
  title={Gentian violet: a 19th century drug re-emerges in the 21st century.},
  author={Alexander M Maley and Jack L. Arbiser},
  journal={Experimental dermatology},
  year={2013},
  volume={22 12},
  pages={775-80}
}
Gentian violet (GV) has a long and varied history as a medicinal agent. Historically used as an antibacterial and antifungal, recent reports have shown its utility as an antitypranosomal, antiviral and anti-angiogenic agent. The objective of this article is to summarize evidence regarding the efficacy and safety of GV use in dermatology. Recent discoveries have found novel targets of GV, namely NADPH oxidase in mammalian cells and thioredoxin reductase 2 in bacterial, fungal and parasitic cells… CONTINUE READING