Antibacterial Soaps, Do They Work? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/28/03

Antibacterial Soaps, Do They Work?

"There is no data that using antimicrobial soap help you stay healthier at home. Some people feel like it might help. I may as well try it but I would take the contrary view and say it might hurt, so I probably should avoid it," says Dr. Keith Woeljte, an Infectious Disease Specialist.

Dr. Woeljte says regular soap and water are better than anti-bacterials because there is no indication that soap and water create any resistance to antibiotics, but antibacterials might. You see, germs find a way to survive by creating stronger versions of themselves and he says that can happen when they're exposed to low levels of killing agents. Dr. Woeltje says if your childs daycare insists on using antibacterials, check out the CDC's website by (clicking here).

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