Soap Making Basics Workshop

Guide To Creating Spa Products

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The Triclosan Quandry

A cause for concern is the widespread use of antimicrobial agents in products ranging from soaps to cutting boards. The story of triclosan is a good example of marketing gone wild. Triclosan is an antibacterial compound that has been added for years to plastic products to maintain the integrity of the products. One day, some marketing genius realized that by adding the label antibacterial to the product, the product suddenly gained added value in the public eye. Soon, triclosan was being added to soaps, toothpaste, and mouthwash, among other products.

Role of Environmental Factors

Certain laundry detergents, bleaches, soaps and household cleaning chemicals act as irritants for patients with AD. Mild laundry detergents without bleach are generally better tolerated. Washing clothing through a rinse cycle twice usually ensures removal of the detergent and may be beneficial in some sensitive patients. Mild skin soaps should also be used for bathing by AD patients. They are generally less drying, less irritating and less likely to induce pruritus. Skin should be protected from household cleaners by wearing protective gloves or clothing. The skin barrier is frequently altered in AD and will not withstand the general intrusions that normal skin can endure.

Environmental Control

Clothing should be loose and free of wool. Cotton fabrics are generally the best tolerated. Coarse fabrics in clothing and bedding should be avoided. Complete rinsing of detergents, soaps and bleach from clothing and bedding will also minimize their irritant potential. Occupational aggravating agents such as chemicals, irritants and solvents should be avoided by older patients with AD. Minimization of emotional stress will also lessen the potential for pruritus.

Hand Eruptions In Health Care Workers

Erally test persons to the rubber chemicals with a patch test to rubber chemicals for both 20-30 min (for contact urticaria to rubber chemicals) and the standard 48-h application for contact dermatitis. We also test to gloves other than latex, as well as formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, and contents of soaps to which they are exposed, for example, chlorhexidine, cocamidopropyl betaine, the standard patch test series, and other preservatives used in soaps and shampoos, including parachlorometaxylenol, quaternium-15, and other preservatives. A RAST test can be ordered to latex, and, if negative, prick testing can be done by an experienced allergist or by a dermatologist set up to do these tests. One should understand the dangers of anaphylaxis and other severe reactions and be prepared for them if one does prick testing to latex in the office. Prick testing to sterile cornstarch helps find allergy to glove powder.

Antimicrobial Resistant Neonatal Infections in Developing Countries

About half of early-onset neonatal bloodstream infections in developing regions are due to Klebsiella spp., E. coli, Pseudomonas spp., and Acinetobacter spp. that cause common-source outbreaks because they thrive in multi-use containers of medications, liquid soaps and other solutions, including antiseptics, disinfectants, and inadequately reprocessed equipment (Rhinehart et al. 1991 Zaidi et al. 1995 Macias et al. 2004). Almost 70 of K. pneumoniae, other Gramnegative rods and S. aureus, the major pathogens in developing world neonates would not be covered by an empiric regimen of ampicillin and gentamicin (standard first-line cover in developing country nurseries and NICUs), and many might be untreatable in resource- constrained environments (Zaidi et al. 2005 WHO 2000). Hospital-acquired infections due to antimicrobial-resistant organisms are therefore sabotaging the expectation of improved neonatal outcomes (due to greater availability of specialized neonatal care) with their...

Methods of public education

As mentioned earlier the media including printed, audio, and visual material, is a powerful tool and if harnessed and controlled can be a useful ally, through either news and documentary programmes, medical slots or soaps. Again the cost of these initiatives is expensive if pursued nationally, the extreme of which would be national prime time television. However, local options such as press, radio, and television can be more economical and if harnessed appropriately have the added benefit of local ownership.

Consume Only with Sound Indications Choose Optimal Antibiotics

Hand sanitizers raise different issues. Soaps containing the biocide trichlosan are similar to plain soap at reducing levels of bacteria on hands.294 Thus, no clear advantage is gained by bactericidal soaps. Nevertheless, during cold and flu season, alcohol-based sanitizers are likely to be useful for limiting the spread of viral disease, especially if they are used in addition, rather than instead of, soap and water. We reiterate that many hand sanitizers are ineffective against spores, such as those formed by Clostridium difficle. Thus, the reason for hand hygiene needs to be considered when deciding the appropriate procedure.

How Does One Recognize Contact Dermatitis

Poison Ivy Streaking

A known allergy, irritation, or predisposing condition is present. Atopics of all types typically are susceptible to certain irritants (e.g., soaps or propylene glycol). Persons with stasis dermatitis and chronic allergic contact dermatitis often develop sensitivity to agents used on the eruption.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

Allergic contact dermatitis is a skin condition that occurs when your skin comes into contact with allergens, substances to which you are allergic but that are harmless to most people. This condition is not triggered by harsh soaps or acids, for example, because these substances are irritants that will produce a rash on anyone's skin, given enough exposure.

Specific Infections Vulvovaginitis

VV is considered to be a disturbance in vaginal flora rather than a true infection (6). Prepubertal females are particularly susceptible to bacterial VV because of anatomic, physiologic, and hygienic considerations (6) including the relative unprotected location of the vaginal introitus and its proximity to the anus, lack of estrogen-induced mucosal cornification, and the neutral to alkaline pH of the vagina (6). Behavioral factors include the tendency of some females to wipe the perineum from back-to-front, place contaminated hands and foreign bodies in the introitus and vagina, and use harsh soaps and bubble baths (6). The healthy, normal pH of 3.8 to 4.2 is largely dependent upon the presence of Lactobacillus acidophilus, that produces lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide (7).

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis can be indicated if there is a grey white thin, homogeneous discharge with a pungent, unpleasant 'fishy' odour. There may be a minimal amount of discharge coating the vaginal walls or copious amounts, which may be present on the vulva prior to examination or pour into the speculum on insertion. BV is not usually associated with vaginitis however, there may be some physical irritation (such as itching) from the presence of the discharge. The discharge and associated odour can be particularly unpleasant and impact on self-esteem and relationships. The aetiology of BV is uncertain, but it is not considered to be a sexually transmitted infection, and there is little no benefit in treating sexual partners. Over-zealous hygiene (including more than daily washing and washing inside the vagina), bathing in antiseptic solutions, bubble baths and washing the genital area with perfumed soaps and shower gels appear to exacerbate the problem. The infection is associated with an...

Pubic Lice

While unaffected by ordinary soaps, pubic lice can be destroyed with a special shampoo or lotion containing malathion or carbaryl. Typically, the medication works in a single treatment, but it is important to follow the directions very carefully if used incorrectly, the chemicals can be toxic. Itching may persist for a few days after successful treatment. Contact your physician, however, if you develop redness, swelling, tenderness, or drainage around the areas of infestation or if the lotion comes into contact with your eyes.

Skin Diseases

Contact dermatitis, both irritant and allergic, can be seen in infants and young children. The skin eruption of irritant dermatitis varies with etiological agent, but is commonly seen on the cheeks, chin, extensor surfaces of the extremities, and the diaper area. Irritant dermatitis is typically less pruritic than AD and improves with removal of the irritant (i.e., soaps, detergents, abrasive bedding). Allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by a pruritic, erythematous papulovescicular eruption that involves exposed areas of contact. This dermatitis is uncommon during the first few months of life and can frequently be delineated by a careful history.

Skin Care

Of bacterial superinfection, which will reduce pruritus and activation of lesions. In addition, swimming has long been recognized by patients with AD as soothing therapy. Patients should bathe in lukewarm water for 30 min once or twice a day (depending on the severity of disease). Burow's solution, oatmeal or oils (i.e., Alpha-Keri) may be added to the bath water to further reduce pruritus. Hydrating body wraps with water-soaked towels may be used in addition to bathing to maximize hydration of severely affected areas. Showers are inadequate in the management of AD because of the lack of hydration obtained. Mild soaps (i.e., Dove or Basis) should be used for cleansing. Harsh soaps may be drying and serve to increase pruritus.

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