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A 52-year-old member asked:

is triclosan dangerous?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Possibly: Triclosan may alter endocrine function (thyroid) and might lead to the formation of possible carcinogens (chloroform). The fda is currently investigating these possibilities.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Triclosan: It can be. Triclosan has been classified as an endocrine-disrupting compound, is antibiotic-resistant and causes other health and environmental problems. Triclosan is an antimicrobial ingredient in products like hand soap, toothpaste, cleaning products, fabric, toys, kitchenware and industrial pesticides. http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/260405/.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

How does triclosan work to kill germs?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
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.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Should I be avoiding products with triclosan?

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Dr. Paul Carter
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Not necessarily: Soap is effective at removing and killing bacteria when an adequate amount of scrubbing or rubbing is used. You should rub your hand together at least as long as it takes to sing the abcs (abacavir) or the happy birthday song to ensure that you have adequately cleaned your hands. For most uses antibacterial chemicals like triclosan are not needed and may increase bacterial resistance to anti-infectives.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What will happen if you end up eating some triclosan?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Probably nothing: There are no reports of human poisoning from ingestion of triclosan. Triclosan is reportedly harmful to algae & causes reproductive & developmental abnormalities in certain fish. There is a report of liver & kidney injury in rats. If you use one of the many toothpastes containing triclosan then you are already swallowing a little bit of this broad-spectrum antibiotic.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What are the risks in using triclosan?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Triclosan risks: At this time, the fda is unsure of the risks triclosan poses to humans. If ingested, it might adversely effect thyroid function. Their is also a theoretical risk of triclosan combining with chlorine in drinking water to form chloroform, a probable cancer causing agent.

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