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Antibacterial soap
Antibacterial soap
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Antibacterial soap seems like the obvious choice to destroy bacteria on your hands but the caveat is it can create antibiotic-resistant organisms. The ingredient, triclosan, is used to prevent bacterial contamination. It’s in a lot of stuff we use every day – like soap, clothing, furniture, toys and kitchenware. That adds up to a lot of exposure and concerns. “Some data shows this resistance may have a significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics,” says Steven Bentley, MD, a retired emergency physician. The FDA recommends frequent hand-washing with soap and water instead. “To be clear, antibacterial soaps can only be justified when a person has known prolonged exposure to such pathogens as MRSA (methicillin-resistant staph) or other known pathogens,” says Dr. Bentley.

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