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Are antibacterial hand soaps linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria?

One simple way of fighting off germs involves the use of soap and water. (Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

One simple way of fighting off germs involves the use of soap and water. (Credit: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

Washing your hands with soap and water—good way to fight off disease, right? So washing with antibacterial hand soaps would be even better. That may be the logical conclusion that many people draw, but it may not be correct. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced that antibacterial hand soaps may not be better than plain soap and water when it comes to fighting disease and keeping us healthy. Are these products contributing to antibiotic resistant bacteria as well, which have been causing more and more concern among public health officials in recent years?

Germ Theory

According to Questia’s introduction to germ theory, this “pathogenic theory of medicine, postulates that micro-organisms are the cause of many diseases. Read more