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Doctor insights on: Triclosan Deodorizing Shampoo

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How should I be using my triclosan deodorizing shampoo?

How should I be using my triclosan deodorizing shampoo?

Triclosan: Use as per the manufacturers recommendations; unless otherwise instructed by your physician. At times, a physician's personal experience with a medication or product influences their instructions for how it should be used to obtain maximal benefit or least side-effects. This is called an "off-label" use recommendation. ...Read more

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Is triclosan dangerous?

Is triclosan dangerous?

Possibly: Triclosan may alter endocrine function (thyroid) and might lead to the formation of possible carcinogens (chloroform). The fda is currently investigating these possibilities. ...Read more

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Should I be avoiding products with triclosan?

Should I be avoiding products with triclosan?

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. ...Read more

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What are the risks in using triclosan?

What are the risks in using triclosan?

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. ...Read more

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How does triclosan work to kill germs?

How does triclosan work to kill germs?

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. ...Read more

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Could you provide me with effects/alternatives of BHA/BHT, Triclosan, Pthalates, Benzene, or Phenols. As many as you can please?

Could you provide me with effects/alternatives of BHA/BHT, Triclosan, Pthalates, Benzene, or Phenols. As many as you can please?

University librarian: Dream question. These chemicals are largely endocrine disrupting toxicants that are known as xenoestrogens. In 400 character answers you won't get much, however you can find loads of information on the toxnet site maintained by the NIH and NLM parts of the USDHHS. Try using university toxicology sites and MSDS resources, general medical or scientific data bank searches with those keywords. ...Read more

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Why is triclosan in so many soaps?

Why is triclosan in so many soaps?

Antibacterial: Triclosan is in many soaps because it is an antibacterial, meaning it kills bacteria on contact. Importantly, triclosan does not kill viruses. Alcohol containing hand sanitizing gels will kill viruses more effectively than triclosan. ...Read more

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Are there triclosan-free antibiotic soaps?

Are there triclosan-free antibiotic soaps?

Yes: Search the internet for specific triclosan-free soaps. Or you can even ask your doctor for specific handouts and recommendations where to find this information. Tru-test can also be used for information. ...Read more

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I always used Colgate Total, but recently there has been news regarding triclosan linked to cancer. Do I have to switch? Is it safe?

I always used Colgate Total, but recently there has been news regarding triclosan linked to cancer. Do I have to switch? Is it safe?

Can't be certain: Carcinogens are constantly being identified...unfortunately the risky concentration/exposure can be hard to identify. Have you stopped eating meat off the grill? Do you only drink distilled water? I personally use a similar product, drink tap water and eat occasional grilled steaks- I think you are safe enough. Don't swallow the toothpaste! Stay well and don't worry too much. ...Read more

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What will happen if you end up eating some triclosan?

What will happen if you end up eating some triclosan?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone else have a reaction to triclosan? Is it rare?

Does anyone else have a reaction to triclosan?  Is it rare?

Triclosan & allergy: Triclosan was linked to increased risk for developing environmental allergies in a 2010 study. Using products containing triclosan seemed to make children more likely to develop problems like allergic rhinitis (hay fever). Other types of problems with triclosan such as contact dermatitis are possible but are rare. ...Read more

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Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

Is triclosan better and safer than stannous fluoride?

Triclosan: Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide that has anti-microbial actions against bacteria. It has been found to block throid function in bull frogs and rats. It is a component of some toothpastes used for gingivitis, mouthwashes and hand soaps. The fda is unsure if it is safe for human consumption and is re-studying this matter. 2% triclosan can help tp kill a bad-actor bacteria -mrsa on skin. ...Read more

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General Question: is Triclosan (found in Dial soap) an antifungal?

General Question: is Triclosan (found in Dial soap) an antifungal?

Soap: Soap, with or without triclosan is equally effective against fungus and other micro-organisms. The additives are more of a marketing ploy and do not have any scientific backing. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to get rid of underarm odor without using triclosan?

Is there an effective way to get rid of underarm odor without using triclosan?

Natural deodorant: For persons with sensitivity to their underarm deodorant, i often recommend the "crystal" available at most pharmacies. It is an alum mineral salt and contains no fragrance, a common cause of contact allergy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to continue using endocrine-disrupting triclosan in toothpaste? Is benefit of using it worth the possibility it may cause CA?

Is it safe to continue using endocrine-disrupting triclosan in toothpaste? Is benefit of using it worth the possibility it may cause CA?

Use your toothpaste: Please forgive my frankness. The "pop" claims about "endocrine disruption" haven't attracted the attention of mainstream science as they claims seem extremely weak to most of us. In fact, it's ironic to see a fearmonger with a junk-journal article complaining about this sort of thing while eating a tofu sandwich -- loaded with phytoestrogens. I'm sorry someone troubled you about this. ...Read more

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I discovered that my soap contain Triclosan and i usually use it, befor eating food so when i eat some of soap enter my body through food. Is this cause cancer?

I discovered that my soap contain Triclosan and i usually use it, befor eating food so when i eat some of soap enter my body through food. Is this cause cancer?

Not to worry: Washing your hands with soap will do you far more good than any theoretical harm from Triclosan in the soap. You may use a regular soap, those are just as effective. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Triclosan in toothpaste during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use Triclosan in toothpaste during pregnancy?

Triclosan: Triclosan is an antibiotic used in some toothpastes. Discuss all medications, including OTC toothpastes, with your Obstetrician. That said, unless your OB has a specific objection, any toothpaste from one of the major manufacturers should be both safe and effective. Remember that for an adult, a pea-sized portion of toothpaste is appropriate, no matter how big a dollop they use in commercials. ...Read more

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Is it okay to occasionally use hand sanitizer that contains triclosan?

Is it okay to occasionally use hand sanitizer that contains triclosan?

Triclosan: According to the fda, there are no additional benefits to having triclosan in health, beauty and household products in preventing infection as compared to products that do not contain it. So far triclosan is not known to be harmful to humans but there are some animal studies that show harm. There is also a question of whether it may cause bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Does triclosan cause odontogenic tumors, or would it not be in toothpaste if it did? I have an odontoma. Used face wash for yrs with triclosan.Likely?

Does triclosan cause odontogenic tumors, or would it not be in toothpaste if it did? I have an odontoma. Used face wash for yrs with triclosan.Likely?

Possible: triclosan has been shown experimentally, and in lab animals to have an association with certain cancers, particularly breast cancer. this is because it is a xeroestrogen, a chemical that mimics the effects of estrogen. the most recent summary of evidence in humans, however, is inconclusive. because odontoma are not generally estrogen-sensitive, it is unlikely that your tumor is related. ...Read more

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