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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Triclosan doe encourage resistance.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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