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Nov 12, 2012, 9:46 AM

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Re: [TradEddie] Can antibacterial/antiseptic chalk help reduce the risk of infections from indoor/outdoor climbing?
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TradEddie wrote:
jt512 wrote:
Moonbutt, two questions:

1. The widespread use of anti-bacterial agents is thought to be a contributor to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial. Furthermore, I would be concerned that frequent exposure to an antibiotic could increase an individual's risk of becoming infected with a resistant strain of bacteria. If use of anti-bacterial chalk became widespread in gyms, then I would be further concerned about the cumulative exposure to the anti-bacterial agent by users and employees of the gym. Contrary to healeyje, widespread adoption of anti-bacterial chalk in gyms would be expected to increase, not decrease, the probability of an MRSA outbreak from exposure at the gym. Finally, the question: Regarding your proposed product, should this be a concern, and if not, why not?

2. Would using your product be expected to be more effective than washing your hands after climbing, and if so, why?


Anti-bacterial soaps and antibiotics are completely unrelated. Indiscriminate use of antibiotics has increased resistance to antibiotics, and incorrect use of anti-microbial soaps could result in resistance to those chemicals too, but not to antibiotics.

There are many other good reasons to avoid anti-microbial soaps, but that is not one.


No and no.

First jt's no: Use of anti-microbial agents can contribute to resistant strains, but the sanitizing effect is still the primary impact. This is why every hospital everywhere uses anti-microbial soaps and sanitizers. The short term gain may not be worth the long term cost, but it is still a short term gain.

Second, trad eddie's no: resistance in microbes is generally conferred through exchange of r-factor plasmids which quite commonly impart resistance to much more than just the original threat. Exposure to antiseptics can encourage antibiotic resistance.

(This post was edited by milesenoell on Nov 12, 2012, 9:48 AM)

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