antibacterial soap

Does antibacterial soap work any better than plain soap in fighting infections? Not according to a study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC study conducted an in-depth study of over 200 households, some of which used soap containing 0.2 percent triclosan (an antibacterial) and others using ordinary soap. When compared to plain soap, antibacterial soap appeared to provide no benefits in reducing rates of colds in generally healthy people.

“The kind of soap you use doesn’t matter,” says Samuel N. Grief, MD, medical director of campus care at the University of Illinois at Chicago. “Any liquid or bar soap works just fine in protecting you against colds and infections.”

Most doctors these days are against the use of anti-bacterial soap. Not only does it kill off the useful bacteria, but since it doesn’t always kill the harmful ones, they tend to become more drug resistant. An important example is MRSA, a staph bacteria that has become resistant to 99% of current treatments.