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Doctor insights on: Is There Any Difference Between Antimicrobial And Antiseptic

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Is there any difference between antimicrobial and antiseptic?

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

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What is the different between antimicrobial mouth wash and antiseptic mouth wash?

What is the different between antimicrobial mouth wash and antiseptic mouth wash?

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

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What is the difference between an antimicrobial, an antibacterial and an antibiotic?

What is the difference between an antimicrobial, an antibacterial and an antibiotic?

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

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Need help with disinfectants and antiseptics with e coli and b megaterium. What do you suggest?

Need help with disinfectants and antiseptics with e coli and b megaterium. What do you suggest?

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

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Antimicrobial pillow for kids safe?

Antimicrobial pillow for kids safe?

No need: An alternative is to wash and dry your pillows every three months. Also use an hypoallergenic pillow cover and change bed linens weekly. ...Read more

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Are cinnamon sticks antibacterial or antiseptic?

Are cinnamon sticks antibacterial or antiseptic?

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

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How can you extract lidocaine from an antiseptic?

How can you extract lidocaine from an antiseptic?

You can't: There is no easy way to separate Lidocaine in a solution combined with antiseptic. ...Read more

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What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

What are factors that contibute to antimicrobial resistance.?

Antibiotic overuse: Perhaps the two most important factors are (1) inappropriate use of antibiotics in humans to treat viral infections and (2) inappropriate use of antibiotics in livestock. ...Read more

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How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

How do we protect ourselves from the increasing antimicrobial resistance?

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

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Can someone tell me if neosporin is an antiseptic cream?

Can someone tell me if neosporin is an antiseptic cream?

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

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Why are antimicrobial agents prescribed after a urine culture if the culture is sterile?

Why are antimicrobial agents prescribed after a urine culture if the culture is sterile?

Antibiotics?: If a urine culture is sterile, there are no bacteria in the urine. In that case, antibiotics are not needed as they would have nothing to treat. ...Read more

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Is there any relationship between chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobial agents? Are chemotherapeutic agents in any way related to antimicrobials?

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