What is it?
Chlorhexidine is an antibacterial compound used mainly in soaps and disinfectants used to prepare the skin before surgery. It is in some antibacterial hand soaps and is added to personal care products as a preservative.
Where might it be found?
How to avoid it:
- Tell doctors you are allergic to chlorhexidine.
- There are pre-operative preps that do not contain chlorhexidine, such as betadine scrub.
- Check the labels of the types of products listed above to make sure they don’t have it.