Originally Posted by sbgrace
Actually that is misinformation. The use of alcohol based sanitizers doesn't cause resitant bacteria or MRSA. They don't contribute to antibiotic resistance at all. .
I'd like to point out that antibiotic resistance isn't the only concern here.
Of course hand sanitizers don't contribute to antibiotic resistance, antibiotics aren't at play here. What the sanitizers DO do is help the strongest, nastiest bacteria and viruses proliferate.
Yes, the sanitizers kill off MOST bacteria, but not all - and the bacteria they leave behind is usually the strongest, nastiest stuff (the bacteria that are able to withstand the alcohol). With no competition, the left behind bacteria has access to all the little bacteria resources, almost without limits, and is able to thrive and proliferate, where once they would have been kept in check by all the competition. This is ecology 101.
THIS is what most people are talking about when they bring up the "super bug" issue as it relates to sanitizers.
I agree with earlier posters - I don't use them because I'm not fearful, they basically pointless, and in many ways counter-productive.