Antiseptic Liquid Essential for Killing Germs During the Monsoon Season

Jul 25, 2012, 01:28 ET from Reckitt Benckiser India Ltd

NEW DELHI, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

The onset of monsoon brings respite from the scorching summer heat. However, it also brings with itself the dampening atmosphere and the gloomy weather. The clothes and other particulars, at times, never get a chance to dry completely. The season makes it all the more vulnerable to catch infection. It is therefore imperative for everyone to be more cautious during the monsoon season to avoid bacterial and germ infections.

During monsoon, even for a regular and normal activity like bathing one should be cautious and alert. Bathing daily is a personal hygiene habit; it helps to wash away dirt, reduce body odour and create a physical appearance of cleanliness. But simple bathing with soap may not be sufficient to protect us from falling prey to infections. One should mix few drops of an antiseptic liquid like Dettol Antiseptic Liquid in bathing water. Antiseptic liquids not only kills bacteria on the skin but also kills bacteria that are in the water.

"In this rainy season, to avoid infections, keep yourself hygienic and preferably use antiseptic solutions in your home and in your office to keep the surfaces clean, so that the germs cannot grow and transmit the infection," said Dr. Narendra Saini, India Representative -Global Hygiene Council.

It is important to remember that skin micro biome reside naturally on the outer keratinized layers of the epidermis and bathing with water and soap will remove many of them along with dead skin cells. And if one is in a bath tub he / she would be literally sitting in a 'bacterial soup'. Bacteria removed during bathing in bathtubs have the potential of re-deposition on the person who is bathing. This can be infectious and just by adding few drops of an antiseptic liquid like Dettol Antiseptic Liquid one can be assured of maximum protection against these germs and bacteria.

Common bacteria thrive in the warm, moist atmosphere of the bathtub, and for toddlers since most toys are left there even when bath time's done, they never get a chance to dry completely, thereby allowing bacteria to multiply unchecked on these toys. When kids play with the toys, putting them in or near their mouths and using them to squirt water onto each other, those bacteria can quickly spread. Intuitively, some of these organisms may get re-deposited on the child's body. Washing hands does not kill micro organisms; it just washes them off with friction and rubbing action.

Most houses have overhead tanks for storage of water sourced from the municipal supply system or bore well. These tanks are known to be contaminated, most of the times. Disease -causing micro organisms - Salmonella bacteria, Entameba histolitica and giardia - are found in abundance in these tanks. Let alone drinking water, even usage of bathing water from these tanks can lead to infections. So avoid using bathing water from these tanks without adding antiseptic liquid. It might not just cause infection but also prove fatal at times.  

By using few drops of an antiseptic liquid for bathing, children will be protected more against these contagious germs and bacteria. Reports have showed that 5% aqueous solution (1:20) is used as antiseptic liquid and have demonstrated efficacy against bacteria and pathogenic fungi. Use of antiseptic liquid while bathing does not only reduce germs by 99.99% but also kills dangerous bacteria like E. coli.

Drops of antiseptic liquid can also be used while cleansing and rinsing of clothes. Adding few drops of an antiseptic liquid in water can assure a germ-free protection during the monsoon as well.

In particular, antiseptic liquids are an essential part of infection control practices and aid in the prevention of infections. Antiseptic liquid is one of the suggested solutions to mounting concerns over the potential for microbial contamination and infection risks. A wide variety of active chemical agents are found in these products, many of which have been used for hundreds of years for antisepsis, disinfection, and preservation.

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