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Old 08-03-2010, 04:55 PM
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Hi, Just wondering if anyone can explain to me what the difference between these 2: antiseptic vs antibiotic??

I have both and was wondering if someone either knew the difference or knew of where I could find information on this?

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antiseptic cleans/disinfects on contact

antibiotic has healing stuff in the ointment...keeps it on the spot longer....
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The antiseptic sterilizes the wound. The antibiotic helps keep infection from setting in the wound and keeps it sterile longer. Ideally, you'd clean it with the antiseptic wipe, then follow up with the antibiotic ointment.
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There you go up front and simple.
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Antiseptics such as dilute bleach solution or alcohol will kill microbes of all kinds on contact, with some hand sanitizers promising to kill 99% of viruses. Antibiotics kill bacteria (like staph and strep), but do NOT kill viruses such as influenza or the common cold. Most antibiotics are taken by mouth, as eye drops, or by injection, with the jury still out on whether topical creams such as Neosporin do anything at all on small wounds (except provide a barrier that keeps the wound moist so it heals faster).

As an aside, there have been some studies showing that honey has both antibacterial and antiviral activity, and may be a good natural remedy for infected wounds, including those with MRSA.
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Bear in mind that many if not most 'kills on contact' sanitizers such as alcohol and what not need some time to work their magic.
I think the recommendation is something like 1-2 minutes for those alcohol sanitizers to actually slay those icky bacterium.

Everytime I see the ole' honey cures all bit I get skeptical. Just saying.
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Is betadyne(sp?) still considered a good alternative to clean deep wounds? I tried to purchase some at a Walgreen's recently and had to sign for it? No idea why. You used to could buy it in big bottles like peroxide but not anymore.
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Is betadyne(sp?) still considered a good alternative to clean deep wounds? I tried to purchase some at a Walgreen's recently and had to sign for it? No idea why. You used to could buy it in big bottles like peroxide but not anymore.
It's still commonly used. I have never had to sign for it though. That's odd. I buy mine at Walgreens too.
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I've seen Betadine (povidone-iodine) in the pharmacy, and they still sell all kinds of products like alcohol, peroxide and plain iodine...all of which aren't recommended for wounds because they damage tissue and slow healing. The newest doctors' recommendation, as I recall, is just soap and water for superficial or uninfected wounds. For anything worse, you might want to get a doctor's opinion and possibly a tetanus shot.
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