Surgery prep w Hibiclens ok??

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Surgery prep w Hibiclens ok??

Postby Netnet » Tue Sep 15, 2020 9:24 am

I’m having a breast duct excision surgery in a couple of days and was told to shower the night before and morning of with a half bottle of Hibiclens from the shoulders to hips. It is an antiseptic and antimicrobial skin cleanser. Will this alter my flora?? I had cdiff summer of 2018.

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Re: Surgery prep w Hibiclens ok??

Postby NanciT » Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:31 am

Hello and Welcome to the site Please read the first thread for all new posters

The BEST resource is your pharmacist. Check with them.
I have never heard any issues using Hibiclens or betadine....which they will use as a surgery Prep. I know the worry but generally these are topical cleansers.

Wishing you the best with your surgery


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Re: Surgery prep w Hibiclens ok??

Postby beth22 » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:14 am

I had breast surgery after c diff and had to do the same thing with the Hibiclens and had no issues. I also requested no prophylactic antibiotics to be given and I did not get them. I did not get an infection. The Hibiclens seemed to do whatever it is supposed to do.

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Re: Surgery prep w Hibiclens ok??

Postby georgina » Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:15 am

It won't! It used as a topical antiseptic and won't be absorbed into the gut.

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