This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
Properties : Zinc chlorid occurs as a white or nearly white granular powder or in porcelain-like masses, irregular or molded into pencils, odorless and of such intensely caustic properties as to make tasting dangerous, unless freely diluted with water. The dilute solution has an astringent metallic taste. It is very soluble in water (1 :0.5) and in alcohol.
Incompatibilities: Zinc chlorid is incompatible with sodium borate and with alkali carbonates.
Action and Uses: Zinc chlorid is used as an antiseptic, astringent and escharotic.