Are you in the habit of looking out for antibacterial soaps or hand/body wash when shopping for household products? You may think they’ll keep your family safer, lowering your chances of getting sick or being infected. Current information shows that it may be causing more harm than good.
The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on friday, announced that antibacterial soaps have not been shown by manufacturers to be safe and more effective than plain soaps and may have more risks than benefits. Hence, it is pulling from the market a wide range of antimicrobial soaps. This refers to any soap or antiseptic wash product that has one or more of 19 specific chemicals in them including the common triclosan (found in antibacterial hand soap) and triclocarbon (found in bar soaps).
the antibiotics you take may be less effective if you use antibacterial soaps for a long time
According to FDA, laboratory studies have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics, with significant impact on the effectiveness of medical treatments, such as antibiotics (the antibiotics you take may be less effective if you use antibacterial soaps for a long time). Prolong use of these products may also increase susceptibility to opportunistic pathogens.
We are advised to use plain soap and clean water as they do the job and pose no such risk!
use plain soap and clean water as they are effective and pose no such risk as that by antibacterial soaps
Note: This does not, however affect alcohol-based hand sanitizers or wipes as well as antiseptic products used in healthcare settings.