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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
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