What is an antiseptic?
Antiseptic is one of the antimicrobial actions that is used to reduce the chances of the development of infection or sepsis. It is usually a topical agent that is applied to the external body surfaces. They are used in hospitals and other health care settings to reduce the possibility of the spread of germs from one object or person to another.
The first antiseptic was invented by British surgeon Joseph Lister in 1867 to avoid infection in wounds before, during, and after the surgery.
What are the benefits of an antiseptic?
Antiseptic agents are used to:
- Kill or stop the growth of microbes
- Halt the spread of infection, especially in wounds
- Treat minor wounds
- Clean the skin and mucous membranes