Jan 29, 2008
Too much of a good thing: Antibacterial soap may cause resistance to bacteria
by Amanda Sullivan
Recent reports show that antibacterial soaps may be the source of lowered immune systems. The antibacterial products cause the bacterial strains to become resistant, according to the News and Advance. The use of antibacterial soap is a daily occurrence for most Liberty University students and faculty. In fact, Liberty has recently installed antibacterial gel dispensers at the exits of many restrooms on campus. Additionally, many students keep a miniature size container of the gel in their book bag for convenience. “I use the antibacterial gel when I am not near soap and water and my hands feel dirty,” sophomore Dava Rose said. “I use the antibacterial lotion because so many people are sick, and I want to stay healthy,” freshman Melody Tian said. Unknowingly, the miracle hand wash may be the source of overly confident bacterial strains, also known as superbugs – the same germs that many students are trying to protect against receiving.
Contact Amanda Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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