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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Munshower
30 years experience Family Medicine
Your preference: A regular soap is most often adequate for cleanliness and personal hygiene, and then use an anti-bacterial hand soap for hand washing, especially afte ... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
Regular is fine: Regular soap kills bacteria too. For normal use, it's all you need.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
Same: 2 names for the same thing.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
41 years experience Dermatology
Depends: Use of an antibacterial soap only for the specific purpose of decreasing bacteria in the skin pre op or post op or wound care-chlorhexidine is best f ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Hibiclens/PhisoHex: I use hibiclens/chlorhexadene or phisohex/hexachlorophene as a shampoo and soap for patients who are staphylococcus aureus carriers.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Irritant: Antibacterial soap is more likely to serve as an irritant than an allergen. It is not recommended to be used routinely since it may potentially foster ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Getting clean: What type of reaction do you have? If it is a specific allergic contact dermatitis you should seek out an allergist or dermatologist who can perform p ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sneid
41 years experience Endocrinology
No: Vitiligo is a disorder of the immune system, not due to hand soap.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
36 years experience Infectious Disease
No: If by "intimate" you're referring to your delicate parts, the answer is no, especially for the vagina and anal areas. Harsh soaps can cause drying, c ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ayisha Gani
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Antibacterial soap: There are several studies have shown antibacterial soaps not significantly better than non antibacterial soaps. Some animal studies have shown that th ... Read More
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