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Antibacterial Soap Leads To Allergies

If you use antibacterial soap, toothpaste or cosmetic products containing a germicide called triclosan, it’s time to switch to another brand. This chemical, frequently absorbed by the body, increases your risk of developing allergies.

A study in Norway called the Norwegian Environment and Childhood Asthma Study shows that kids who are exposed to triclosan have increased levels of Immunoglobulin E (IgE), an immune component linked to allergies. They also more often suffer from stuffy noses and hay fever.

Research shows that four of five children in the U.S. possess detectable levels of triclosan.

According to the scientists, triclosan can change the bacterial population on the skin, in the mouth and in the intestines. By killing off good (probiotic) bacteria, triclosan disrupts immunity. Therefore, increased use of triclosan and antibacterial products has generally been associated with an increased incidence of allergies.

Filed Under: AllergiesAlternative MedicineEasy Health Options NewsGeneral Health

About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • Doug

    This article tells us to avoid antibacterial soaps, but doesn’t go on to give us healthy alternatives. Please do a follow-up to this piece.

  • hawkeye133

    This article tells us to avoid antibiotic soaps, but doesn’t go on to give alternatives. Please do a follow-up article with alternative healthy recommendations.

  • Carole Ramke

    I can offer my personal opinion–Grandma’s Lye Soap is a natural soap made in Oklahoma. It contains no additives and is very gentle on the skin. I own no interest in the company, but I do recommend it for poison ivy in my book, “How to Stop Colds, Allergies & More.”