Triclosan in Hospitals
Triclosan is ubiquitous in clinical settings. It’s a powerful antibacterial, which makes it useful for hospitals, for example, where infections can be deadly. Even in hospitals, though, this research calls triclosan’s usefulness into question.
Because it impairs muscle and heart function, triclosan could to more harm than good for patients with cardiovascular problems. There hasn’t been any research yet on whether triclosan has the same muscle-impairing effects on humans as it does on mice and fish. Chiamvimonvat explains:
In patients with underlying heart failure, triclosan could have significant effects because it is so widely used. However, without additional studies, it would be difficult for a physician to distinguish between natural disease progression and an environmental factor such as triclosan.
Triclosan is unregulated, which means you can find it in a myriad of consumer cosmetics. If you want to reduce your exposure, always read the ingredients on cosmetics before you buy. You might be surprised about where triclosan is hiding in your medicine cabinet.