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How does triclosan work to kill germs?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial ingredient in products like hand soap, toothpaste, cleaning products, fabric, toys, kitchenware and industrial pesticides.

In brief: Triclosan

Triclosan is an antimicrobial ingredient in products like hand soap, toothpaste, cleaning products, fabric, toys, kitchenware and industrial pesticides.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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