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Is weak liquor still antibacterial?

Is weak liquor still antibacterial?

NOT REALLY: Alcohol is an antiseptic but weak alcohol is not antibacterial. The alcohol used as antiseptic is ethanol or ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol.Both are effective against wide range of bacteria, viruses and protozoa;fungi.These are only used as antiseptics to wipe the skin and disinfecting surfaces but weak liquor is not effective as antiseptic. ...Read more

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Should I use regular or antibacterial soap?

Should I use regular or antibacterial soap?

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 after using the bathroom. ...Read more

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Hydrosalpinx can be treated by antibacterial?

No: A hydrosalpinx is a tube that is already damaged and the antibiotics will not fix it. ...Read more

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Should I be using an antibacterial toothpaste?

No: Trisoclan is used in some patients. The concern is developing resistant bacteria. Similar to hand disinfectants. I do not recommend those toothpastes. ...Read more

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Any good mild antibacterial cleanser for wounds?

Any good mild antibacterial cleanser for wounds?

Dial soap: Dial soap and water work well or if you want an actual wound cleanser you can go to your local pharmacy and tehre should be several to shoose from. ...Read more

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What is the best antibacterial cleanser for cars?

Why?: Why would a car need an antibacterial cleanser? And for that matter, what would a human driving in a car? ...Read more

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Do all brands of bar soaps have antibacterial properties?

Do all brands of bar soaps have antibacterial properties?

No: Antibacterial soaps contain antibiotics. Regular soaps can help remove the oil that germs cling to from the skin or other surface so that it can be flushed away with water. ...Read more

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What kinds of medicine are antibacterial and over the counter?

What kinds of medicine are antibacterial and over the counter?

Creams and ointments: Antibiotics that you take by mouth are not available over the counter. However, creams and ointments for cuts and scrapes (like neosporin) have a small amount of antibiotic in them but are only for use on these small injuries and will not treat larger infections. See your doctor if you think you need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it true that Bee Balm is antibacterial? Can I put it on cuts?

Is it true that Bee Balm is antibacterial? Can I put it on cuts?

No------yes: Not significant. Note that if it were antibacterial, that might be bad. For example, Bacitracin and neosporin have been shown to be harmful to use on cuts or burns. And, yes, you can put it on cuts. But it is less useful on cuts than vaseline. ...Read more

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Is antibacterial soap healthierand safer to use than regular soap?

Is antibacterial soap healthierand safer to use than regular soap?

Regular is fine: Regular soap kills bacteria too. For normal use, it's all you need. ...Read more

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Which is the best antibacterial oral rinse available over the counter?

Which is the best antibacterial oral rinse available over the counter?

OTC Mouthrinses: It depends what you are trying to prevent. If you want to prevent cavities, use act Fluoride rinse. If you want to prevent gingivitis (bleeding gums), use listerine. If you want to prevent gingivitis and have dry mouth, use crest prohealth. (it does not have the alcohol that listerine does which can make dry mouth worse.). ...Read more

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Can OTC antibacterial products be overused?

Can OTC antibacterial products be overused?

I believe so.: That is why I use soap and water when I can vice always using hand sanitizer. ...Read more

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What can be done if the antibacterial is found ineffective?

Change: Antibiotics are chosen empirically at the outset of therapy for a condition. If they are not effective, cultures can guide the doctor to a more specific and effective choice. Or, if ineffective empirically, the drug can be changed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use antibacterial cream for "down there"?

Is it safe to use antibacterial cream for "down there"?

Down where?: You didn't indicate whether you're a man or a woman, so I'm not sure what you mean by 'down there.' it's safe to use it on skin, but it should not be used in the vagina or anus. ...Read more

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What inexpensive, non-prescription chemical has good antibacterial properties?

Depends where used: For external use (skin) either isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol or hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial properties. Internally, there are some natural antibacterial sugar alcohols, particularly xylitol. However, I would not say these can be used to treat infections. ...Read more

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Is it generally no issue if I use one antibacterial soap on my skin then use a different soap?

Is it generally no issue if I use one antibacterial soap on my skin then use a different soap?

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 for that (not near eyes mouth perianal or genital area) and used only in the areas directed. Otherwise antibacterial soaps (ie lever) have little purpose other than to dry the skin. ...Read more

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My cough is almost 2 weeks until now, I'm taking ambroxol and antibacterial, why the cough is there?

My cough is almost 2 weeks until now, I'm taking ambroxol and antibacterial, why the cough is there?

Cough: Prolonged cough may be due to mycoplasma, chlamydia, adult pertussis or other conditions. Needs to be evaluated. Two weeks of antibiotics without a response suggests a need for further evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more