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Chapter 7

Silver Technology and Antibiotic Textiles

New technology enables silver to be impregnated or coated on a wide range of natural and synthetic fibres for use in hygiene clothing. Ag+ release is low and sustained for the expected life of garments and is tolerant to washing cycles. Silver-treated textile fibres have been shown to efficacious in controlling common skin bacteria in culture but further clinical research is desirable to substantiate their effect against MRSA and deeper anaerobic infections. The fibres are shown to be skin-friendly and permit minimal percutaneous penetration of Ag+. Delayed hypersensitivity and allergy to silver may be a health risk to some people.

Print publication date: 07 May 2010
Copyright year: 2010
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-006-8
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-179-9
From the book series:
Issues in Toxicology