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More about Antiseptic Effectiveness

Antiseptics are chemicals that can inhibit or slow the growth of germs. Antiseptic products are often used when injuries occur, or before starting certain medical procedures with the aim of preventing infection. Many pharmaceutical companies claim their products contain safe antiseptics. Correct use is indeed safe and effective to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin of someone who will undergo surgery or get an injection. However, note also that the use of antiseptics that have been contaminated with germs can still cause infection. Purpose of Antiseptic Use Antiseptics have long been used to prevent or treat infections in wounds. The compounds classified as antiseptic are povidone iodine, chlorhexidine, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, acetic acid, and silver compounds. Unlike antibiotics that are specifically against certain organisms, antiseptics are intended to destroy all types of microorganisms that may be present in the wound. This product functions to destroy bacteria, f…
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