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Is There Any Difference Between Antimicrobial And Antiseptic

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walid Abuhammour
37 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Antiseptic are used to clean skin and other materials. Antimicrobials are used for treatment of infections.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
37 years experience Dentistry
Inhibits vs. killing: Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
No real difference: Originally, an antibiotic was a compound produced by a living organism (fungus, bacteria, etc) that inhibits or kills other organisms. However, that i ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
22 years experience Cardiology
Yes: Antimicrobial refers to any medicine that kills microorganisms, it encompasses all antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. Antifungals are drugs th ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
29 years experience Addiction Medicine
Both ok for rug burn: Anti ich medication has either an antihistamine or steroid, antiseptic has usually alcohol to kill any bacteria. There is no numbing agent in either ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
17 years experience Infectious Disease
Disinfectants, antiseptics: All disinfectants (used on inanimate object) and most antiseptics (used on humans) when used in their appropriate way, will kill bacteria including th ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Mutnick
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes: But overkill and unnecessary expense. A cheap alternative is to put the pillows in a regular supermarket plastic bag (that is clean) and stick it in t ... Read More

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