Antibacterial soap not all it is hyped up to be

KIMT News 3  — A good way to stay healthy is by washing your hands with soap, but health leaders say you need to be careful when it comes to what kind you are using.

Some at the Mayo Clinic say they are seeing more infections now with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

That could be, in part, because of antibacterial soap. That is because the soap could be leading to antibiotic resistance.

“There’s a lot of concern now about whether these antibacterial soaps have any advantage over regular soaps and the FDA has asked these companies to prove that these antibacterial soaps are more effective in getting things clean than regular soaps,” said Dr. Pritish Tosh, a Physician and Researcher of Infectious Diseases for Mayo.

It could also be leading to some environmental problems.

“It doesn’t just get on our hand and get on our food, it also starts to permeate our environment and we start to increase the antibacterial resistance and increase the pressure towards antibiotic resistance in the community we live in,” Tosh said.

Minnesota state legislators are debating the possibility of banning the use of a common antibacterial ingredient called triclosan. Governor Dayton has already barred state agencies from using it.

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