Medical hygiene products can help prevent infections caused by a wide range of bacteria.
There are more than 500 different products that are designed to prevent the growth of the human microbiome.
But some of the most popular are antibiotic creams and soaps, toothpaste, soaps and mouthwash.
The problem is that there are still many people who are not aware of the important role antibiotics play in the development of a common bacterial infection.
To help educate people on the importance of these products, Dr. Susan W. Korn and colleagues at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), have conducted a large-scale survey of more than 4,000 people.
Their results were published online on January 10, 2018 in the journal PLOS ONE.
The survey found that nearly three-quarters of the people surveyed have used some type of medical hygiene product.
And the most common reason for using a product was a health concern: They were concerned about a bacterial infection, such as the common cold or the common flu.
“Our study shows that not only are many people not aware that antibiotics are part of the body’s protective apparatus, but they are also less likely to take steps to prevent infection,” said Dr. Kothari W. Dutta, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of epidemiology and population health at UCSF.
“In many cases, people who do not know they are potentially exposed to the microbes in these products are not fully equipped to identify infections or respond appropriately.”
The results of the survey showed that about 30% of respondents reported having used at least one antibiotic-containing product in the past year, including at least three or more products for the first time in their lives.
Another 34% had used at most one product within the past 12 months.
In fact, more than two-thirds of respondents (68%) reported using at least two or more antibiotics in their lifetime.
And nearly one-third (31%) had used a product with more than five antibiotics.
“Many of these consumers may not know how important it is to wash their hands after using a medical hygiene solution because it is not a routine practice, and they may be unsure how much they need to use,” Dr. W. S. Dutt said.
In the study, participants also filled out questionnaires on the types of products they had used and the amount of time they had spent using them.
The researchers were able to identify that people who have used more than one product in their life were more likely to have used at once, and to have been exposed to more microbes in the product.
“The question that was most prevalent in our survey was ‘How often did you use a product?’
It’s often not a question people ask themselves,” Dr Kothar said.
“We found that people had been using products for longer than they thought they had.
This indicates that people are using more products in their lifetimes.”
In fact of those who had used products in the previous year, nearly two-fifths (21%) had been exposed at least once.
The findings of this study suggest that we need to do a better job of educating people about the importance and the importance is not only on their part, but on the part of their family, friends, caregivers and the community at large, Dr Korn said.
She also said that consumers need to be mindful of the products they are choosing to use.
“It’s important to make sure you are not choosing products that you have been warned against,” she said.
Dr. D. J. F. Fiske, a professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, agreed that people need to educate themselves about the products that they are using.
“While we cannot say that the products are bad, we can say that people have to make the decision to use the products,” he said.
People are not being educated about the potential risks and benefits of using these products.
“What is most important is to make that decision to have people use these products,” Dr Fiskel said.
And if you are choosing a medical cleaning product, make sure that you use it properly.
The products listed in the table below are from one of the largest manufacturers of the types used in the survey.
These products were chosen because they have a wide variety of antimicrobial properties and have been shown to be effective at preventing infections caused in large numbers of patients, even when used at low doses.
For example, products designed to reduce the risk of infection in hospital settings, such with soap and water, have been demonstrated to be highly effective in reducing the burden of urinary tract infections in children.