What is it?

Chlorhexiderm is a topical astringent used for antiseptic and antimicrobial applications in the veterinary field. Its active ingredients are chlorhexidine gluconate and isopropyl alcohol. It has antimicrobial activity against gram-positive bacteria such as Staphyloccocus aureaus, Escherichia coli, and Peudomonas aeruginosa, but is largely ineffective against gram-negative organisms, spores, fungi, and most viruses (i.e. - Mycoplasma pulmonis). Common chlorhexiderm disinfectants are Nolvasan®, Chlorhex, Chlorasan, Virosan, Hibistat®, and Phisohex®. They are low-cost but require frequent applications and must remain in contact with surfaces for at least five minutes for optimal efficacy.

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