Do you believe there is truth in advertising? At the risk of sounding _____, I have always questioned health/medical related claims. Tooting that some soaps are antibacterial has been around a while but to a medical doc many questions flash into my brain as soon as I view the ‘proclamation’.
FYI — Slang uses the term ‘germ’ for any microorganism that can cause disease. Therefore think it could be a bacteria or a virus.
Back to ‘antibacterial’ soap! Does it kill the bacteria (bactericidal or just paralysis the bacterium (bacterial static)? Which bacteria does it ‘pound’ on? How long does the effect last? Good questions but more importantly do any of these products fulfill the promise?
I was overjoyed when I read the FDA-proposed rule re: manufacturers be required to show that their products are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of infection.
‘If companies do not provide additional data on the products’ safety and effectiveness, including data from clinical studies to demonstrate that these products are superior to non-antibacterial soaps in preventing human illness or reducing infection, the products would need to be reformulated or relabeled to stay on the market’.
Although consumers expect products labeled as ‘antibacterial’ to be effective and help to prevent spread, I know of no evidence that these products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water! I believe in air dry!
I do know of some data emerging that suggests that long-term exposure to certain active ingredients used in antibacterial products—for example, triclosan (liquid soaps) and triclocarban (bar soaps)—could pose health risks, such as bacterial resistance or hormonal effects.