How Antiseptics Are Different From Disinfectant


How Antiseptics Are Different From Disinfectant

Antiseptics are chemical substances that are used on the skin of a person or animal to kill microorganisms (germs). Antibiotics are used to kill bacterial infections internally (from ingestion or injection or intravenously), or sometimes on the skin of animals and humans. 

Antiseptics are frequently used in medical and healthcare settings before and during operation and other procedures to reduce the risk of infection. It is even useful at homes as well for minor, cuts, burns, and wounds. You can stock up your antiseptic cream from our online medical products store for future use.

Different types of antiseptics like, hand rubs, hand washes, and skin preparations are used in medical settings. It is also essential to keep a sufficient medical supply of antiseptic creams in your first aid kit at home, cars, or workplace.

Before telling you the difference between antiseptics and disinfectants lets see the usage of antiseptic creams.

Scrapes and cuts

Cuts and scrapes are common minor injuries to the skin. Minor cuts and scrapes that do not involve the face and measure less than 1/2 inch in length, can be treated at home. Such injuries require the water to run over the cut to remove any dirt or debris by washing them away. To prevent infection, an antiseptic cream is applied in a thin layer on the cut, after washing. To speeding up the process of healing, antiseptic cream should be applied daily.

Minor burns

Antiseptic creams are even suitable for application on minor first stage burns. A minor first stage burn can form after contact with a hot beverage, hot steam, much sun exposure, and even friction. An antiseptic cream should be applied to minor first-degree burns two to three times a day. 

Rashes and fungal infection

Fungal infection stems from microscopic organisms that attack the epithelial layer of the skin. Fungal infections can cause skin irritations and rashes on that application of an antiseptic cream is advisable. The antifungal and antibacterial properties in antiseptic creams help to kill the microscopic organisms and prevent the spreading of rash. One must apply an antiseptic cream on the affected area twice daily until the rash resolves.

Some of you might use antiseptic with disinfectant terms interchangeably, while both are different in certain ways. But there is a huge difference between antiseptics and disinfectants. 

Antiseptic is applied to humans and animals, while disinfectants are applied to inanimate objects like floor, countertops, and doorknobs.

For instance, the doctor applied antiseptic on the human body during surgery, whereas disinfectant is used to sterilize the operating tools and table.

Both antiseptics and disinfectants contain chemical agents that are sometimes called biocides. For example, Hydrogen peroxide is a common ingredient present in both antiseptics and disinfectants. However, antiseptics usually contain lower concentrations of biocides than disinfectants do.

Types of antiseptics available with our online medical products store are ointments for treating wounds and burns, antibacterial soaps, anti-rash creams, hand sanitizers, and antiseptic creams for sunburns.

The bottom line

Antibiotic creams are suitable and applied for various uses from cleaning the skin before an injection (like during a blood test) to cleaning the wounds.

An antiseptic weakens and slows the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms, which in turn helps to prevent the bacteria from causing further infection. Antiseptics are good for cleaning small cuts, preparing for an injection, and swabbing the skin before removing a splinter. However, they will not help with pain, itching, existing infections, or burns. However, it is always advisable to buy your medical supply after consulting your doctor or physician to avoid any further complications.