According to the American Society of Microbiology, antiseptics work by changing the pH of the environment of bacteria, making the environment inhabitable. Since microorganisms adapt to their environments, antiseptics have to work quickly to kill off the bacteria before it has a chance to adapt.Continue Reading
The body is able to naturally fight off most types of bacteria. In fact, it is exposure to bacteria that helps the body build up a resistance to it. Studies indicate that the use of antibiotics, antiseptics and other germ-killing products on children are a strong contributor to the development of allergies later on in life.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, one of the largest concerns in the medical field is a group of microorganisms that build up a resistance to antiseptics and antibiotics. Due to the rapid rate of mutation and proliferation times, there is concern that a very small colony of bacteria that is resistant to antiseptics and antibiotic has the potential to become a large colony quickly. Bacteria such as this is likely to give rise to a new form of pathogen that possesses a natural resistance to modern medicine. This works much in the same way as a person only taking half of his antibiotics, giving rise to what scientists and doctors call super-bacteria, which have grown resistant to the antibiotics.Learn more about Medications & Vitamins
An effluent water treatment plant works by removing sludge, scum and bacteria from wastewater before releasing the effluent, or treated water, back into the environment, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Wastewater enters the treatment plant and goes through several processes before effluent goes into a nearby lake or river.Full Answer >
The pH of most aspirin tablets ranges from 2.8 to 3.2. The pH is measured by dissolving the aspirin in water, and the level varies depending on the concentration of aspirin, or salicylic acid, in the water. The pH can range from 2.4 to 6 in laboratory conditions.Full Answer >
According to Healthline, zinc lozenges, such as Cold-EEZE, may help treat the symptoms of colds but are ineffective in preventing colds. The evidence on the use of zinc lozenges for colds is, in general, mixed and inconclusive.Full Answer >
For fast-acting relief, stimulant laxatives are generally recommended, according to WebMD; these include popular brands such as Feen-a-Mint, Ex-Lax, Correctol, Dulcolax and Senokot. Stimulant laxatives have a stimulating effect on the intestinal lining and cause the stool to pass more rapidly through the colon, and some also increase the hydration of the stool to make it easier to pass. Notably, prunes, which are dried plums, have a similar effect.Full Answer >