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A 49-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to put hand sanitizer in a deep cut?

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Dr. Ajay Balaram
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Not recommended: Hand sanitizer has alcohol which can be toxic the tissues and flesh underneath the skin. (its not toxic to the top layer of skin) usually best course of action for a deep cut is to stop the bleeding with direct pressure. Then if bleeding stops wash with gentle soap and water. See a doctor to see if you need stitches.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Not optimal: Hand sanitizers often contain high concentrations of alcohol (like ethanol or isopropanol) which could be painful and injurious to tissue.

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Put hand sanitizer on my vaginal area and cut down there ,should i tell my doctor? It's all superficial

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Avoid: There is no reason to specifically tell your doctor unless you are having problems from this. It is best to avoid placing any chemicals on the genitals that are not designed to go there. This tissue is quite sensitive.

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