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Is There Any Difference Between Antimicrobial And Antiseptic
Yes: Antiseptic are used to clean skin and other materials. Antimicrobials are used for treatment of infections. ...Read more
Inhibits vs. Killing: Antibacterial products kill bacteria, or hinder their reproduction. Antiseptic substances inhibit the growth and reproduction of many microorganisms, including bacteria, as well as fungi, protozoa, and viruses. The greatest difference between these mouthwashes is that most antiseptic mouthwashes contain a significant amount of alcohol. Alcohol tends to dries the mouth and can be a problem for many. ...Read more
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 is no longer a rigid definition. An "antibacterial" obviously works against bacteria, but not other types of pathogens, like parasites or fungi. So in theory, "antimicrobial" is the broadest term, but usually they can be considered synonyms. ...Read more
Is the only difference between antiseptic cream and anti-itch cream a numbing agent? Would it be okay to put on a rug burn as a numbing agent/healing?
Disinfectants, antiseptics: All disinfectants (used on inanimate object) and most antiseptics (used on humans) when used in their appropriate way, will kill bacteria including the ones you mention. It's hard to suggest a product because it is unknown what is being cleaned- it's certainly inappropriate to use bleach directly on a person, or to smother a countertop with a hand-washing gel or tincture of iodine! ...Read more
Cinnamon: This herb/spice has been claimed in the lay press to have wide antibacterial activities, and has traditionally been used in some societies to treat infection. Not aware that there is scientific controlled evidence to support these claims. ...Read more
ABx only when needed: Don't ask your doctor for unnecessary antibiotics when you have a viral infection, and lobby congress for regulation of unnecessary antibiotic use in livestock. ...Read more
No: An antiseptic cream such as savlon when used in superficial cut or injury will reduce or prevent an infection. Neosporin treat an infection. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Yes. Great google question. How do antibiotics work? ...Read more
Is there any relationship between chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobial agents? Are chemotherapeutic agents in any way related to antimicrobials?
Yes: Chemotherapy agents act by killing cells that divide rapidly (cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cells). Certain chemicals such as antibiotics kill micro-organisms (also known as antimicrobials). In general antibiotics kill bacteria and antimicrobials kill bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. There are cytotoxic antibiotics that are used in treating cancer such as actinomycin, doxorubicin, bleomycin. ...Read more
YES!: Does it prevent the growth of disease-causing oral microorganisms? Hydrogen peroxide, the active ingredient is an oxidising agent, disinfectant and deodorant. It is bactericidal with a wide spectrum of action. Side effect: whitening tooth enamel. Use twice daily after brushing for both the whitening and the antiseptic effect. Same active ingredient as their strips. ...Read more
Saline irrigation is all you need. You can buy saline nose drops at a pharmacy, or you can make your own saline solution:
add 1 cup (237 ml) distilled water to a clean container. If you use tap water, boil it first to sterilize it, and then let it cool until it is lukewarm.
Add ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) pickling or canning salt to the water.
Add ½ teaspoon (2.5 g) baking soda. ...Read more
My dog bit my feet and it bled. I washed it and applied an antiseptic. Is there anything to worry?
See your doc: Even with minor bites, i'd check in with your doctor - they'll take a look, make sure there's nothing retained in the bite, clean it well, talk to you about signs and symptoms of infection and also, consider if you need prophylaxis antibiotics (to prevent infection) and make sure you are up to date on tdap vaccine. ...Read more
Get Sick: Claire's ear antiseptic contains benzalkonium chloride - which depending on the amount and the concentration can be quite toxic. So please keep this out of reach of children. Often you can avoid alot of problems that occur from piercings by keeping them clean and not manipulating them until they are healed. There are many sites on the web that you can visit that give good info on piercing care. ...Read more
NO: Glycerol is a osmotic dehydrating agent.Get a more detailed answer ›
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