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Is There Any Difference Between Antimicrobial And Antiseptic

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walid Abuhammour
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Yes: Antiseptic are used to clean skin and other materials. Antimicrobials are used for treatment of infections.

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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 38 years experience
Inhibits vs. killing: Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shahin Tavackoli
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes: Antimicrobial refers to any medicine that kills microorganisms, it encompasses all antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals. Antifungals are drugs th... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Soap: Antibacterial soap = antimicrobial soap = antiseptic soap
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 30 years experience
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
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
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
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
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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