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What is the role of antiseptics in eczema?

Antiseptics are chemicals that, when applied to the surface of the skin, reduce the number of micro-organisms, thereby reducing the possibility of infection. They are active against bacteria, fungi and viruses. Due to localised skin changes, patients with eczema are more susceptible than others to infection from all three types of microorganisms. While the relationship between eczema and the increased numbers of microorganisms is complex, some patients do seem to benefit from the use of antimicrobial agents, such as antiseptics, in their treatment regimens.
Dermatology in practice 2008; 16(4): 28–30
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