Chlorhexidine, a substance that we find in mouthwashes for antibacterial purposes, used in general to disinfect, even the skin as well as the oral mucous membranes. One of the benefits of chlorhexidine, compared to other antibacterial agents, it is proven effective both against both gram positive and gram negative bacteria, in addition it manages to counter rather satisfactorily too encapsulated fungi and viruses.
Chlorhexidine in mouthwash
There are numerous mouthwashes that contain today chlorhexidine and indicate it as one of the first features, being an interesting advantage for those who want to buy one such as this one, of Plakontrol, of which a 250 ml pack costs 7 euros.
We find al chlorhexidine not only in mouthwashes but also in toothpastes and gel products that serve to counteract gingivitis or bleeding gum problems. Often they also have a preventive effect of dental infections and can be very useful for example following a complicated dental procedure such as a tooth extraction.
For a simple one halitosis, at concentrations lower, about 0.05%, a chlorhexidine mouthwash can give excellent results, both in the treatment and in the prevention of this nuisance.
When we choose a mouthwash containing this antibacterial agent we must pay attention to the toothpaste that we associate with it because some contain ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium monofluorophosphate which they can interfere with chlorhexidine and make its effect less effective.
Chlorhexidine: what it is
From a chemical point of view, this precious ingredient in oral care products, and more, is one cationic biguanide that hardly dissolves in water, unless you do combine with gluconic acid. This is the reason why we often find the words "chlorhexidine digluconate". In addition to being a powerful bactericide, it is also a bacteriostatic agent
Chlorhexidine: side effects
We must not overdo it with chlorhexidine because at high concentrations it can become harmful but if it does we dilute it appropriately makes mouthwashes more effective in their disinfection work. The same is true when it goes to enrich contact lens solutions and disinfected products for hands and mucous membranes.
Before making constant use, however, let's check that we are not hypersensitive to this ingredient, otherwise we could have an allergic reaction such as a swelling of the face and tongue, gods breathing problems, severe itching and skin irritations.
During neurosurgery surgeries, chlorhexidine should not be used because it is possible that it causes neurotoxicity, in general, with children under 2 months it is better to avoid its use.
There are some hand disinfectants, for example, which contain chlorhexidine and are so effective that they are used specifically too in hospitals, before surgery and injections, in order to eliminate any possible bacterial trace. Similarly they are used for the treatments carried out towards patients at home or in nursing homes, for skin disinfection as for prevention of bedsores.
Other cases in which these products can be used are when it is necessary to disinfect the skin after an injury, counteract severe acne, treat athlete's foot, treat dry or dehydrated skin. In the latter case, it combines with benzalkonium chloride.
Disinfectants can also be in spray format like this "Germoxid”, With chlorhexidine, which can also be purchased on Amazon. Twelve 100ml bottles cost 30 euros, it is a suitable product for disinfect the skin, often used as we mentioned, even by health professionals.
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