International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

The Leading Source of Scientific, Professional & Consumer Information

Bacterial resistance and topical antimicrobial wash products.

A review of the literature exploring whether a relationship exists between antiseptic and antibiotic resistance and its significance with respect to topical antimicrobial wash products. Ingredients such as triclosan, povidone-iodine, triclocarbon, alcohol, quaternary ammonium compounds and chloroxylenol, commonly used in wash products in the US, are discussed. Current scientific literature does not illustrate a link between the use of topical antimicrobial formulations and the emergence of antiseptic or antibiotic resistance. American Journal of Infection Control 1999;27(4):351-63.