A 33-year-old member asked:
How does triclosan work to kill germs?
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Dr. Steven Machtinger answered
43 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Depends: Triclosan works by interfering with a bacteria's ability to build cell membranes (basically the skin of the germ). At low concentrations triclosan is bacteriostatic meaning it prevents bacteria from increasing in number. At higher concentrations triclosan kills bacteria. The use of triclosan at low concentrations may permit the emergence of pathogenic germs resistant to its effects.
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
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