Silver as an antiseptic

Throughout history silver has been used for treating various diseases and infections, to disinfect water and food, as well as treat burns and wounds. Today, silver-containing products are well established antiseptics.

Silver acts as an antiseptic because its ions are active and can penetrate bacterial membranes. By interacting with bacterial enzymes and proteins, silver can break down bacteria’s cell profile, causing cellular distortion, loss of viability and inhibit the process of bacterial replication.

The advantages of silver

In comparison to other antiseptics, silver has its advantage in being effective on a broad range of germs even in small concentrations and over a long period of time.

The main advantages at a glance:

  • well-established efficacy
  • proven broad-spectrum antiseptic effect
  • pro-healing as well as odour prevention effect
  • grants excellent skin compatibility
  • skin friendliness

Causes for odour

Sweat and its interaction with bacteria are the primary source for smelly feet. As the feet are often confined in socks and/or shoes and sneakers, this will enhance the situation through increased humidity. Hence, the bacterial population in the skin’s microflora is stimulated which is consequently responsible for foot malodour.

How silver prevents odour

Antiperspirant formulas with silver (see Hansaplast Silver Protect) offer a broad antimicrobial efficacy even in small quantities and reduce the bacteria which are the major cause for unwanted foot odour. On top of that, the reliable aluminium salts contained in the formula also act as an effective anti-perspirant against the production of sweat.
Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.
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