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What kills bacteria?

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Dr. Steven Fine
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
3 doctors agree

In brief: Antibiotics, soap

Antibiotics kill bacteria inside the body, but different ones kill different types of bacteria.
Soap or alcohol hand gel kills most of them on the skin, alcohol and high temperatures (oven or flame) kill bacteria on surfaces.

In brief: Antibiotics, soap

Antibiotics kill bacteria inside the body, but different ones kill different types of bacteria.
Soap or alcohol hand gel kills most of them on the skin, alcohol and high temperatures (oven or flame) kill bacteria on surfaces.
Dr. Steven Fine
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Disinfectants, antiseptics

All disinfectants (used on inanimate object) and most antiseptics (used on humans) when used iin their appropriate way, will kill bacteria.
Many, but not all antibiotics kill bacteria (bacteriocidal - penicillin is an example); some classes weaken bacteria, and require our immune system to finish them off. An example of this "bacteriostatic" effect is tetracycline.

In brief: Disinfectants, antiseptics

All disinfectants (used on inanimate object) and most antiseptics (used on humans) when used iin their appropriate way, will kill bacteria.
Many, but not all antibiotics kill bacteria (bacteriocidal - penicillin is an example); some classes weaken bacteria, and require our immune system to finish them off. An example of this "bacteriostatic" effect is tetracycline.
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