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FDA threatens to remove antibacterial soap from shelves

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - You've heard the mantra to "wash your hands" frequently, but could it be hurting us?

Doctors have been pushing you to wash your hands this winter this winter.

"We've been selling a lot of antibacterial soap. Everyone wants to stay well and be well and safe with the antibacterial hand soap," said Markeita Dauzart, a pharmacy tech.

However - the FDA is considering pulling that antibacterial soap off the shelves.

"The antibacterial soap that they're talking about contains a chemical called Triclosan and the Triclosan is the chemical that they're thinking may cause problems with the thyroid. They're thinking that it could leach into the water, and cause some environmental issues down the line and then also antibacterial resistance because it's killing the bacteria allowing the harmful bacteria to multiply," said Nurse Jill Hulin.

According to doctors, bacterial resistance is already a growing problem.

"It can become resistant against the antibiotic that was being used to treat it and then therefore next time you get sick with that organism, the antibiotic that is commonly used to treat it may not work," said Hulin.

Experts argue that washing your hands properly with regular soap and warm water is just as effective.

"You know the purpose of hand washing is soap and water and purpose of that is to loosen and remove bacteria off of your hands," said Hulin.

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