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Encinitas, CA
A 29-year-old male asked:

Could prolonged/frequent exposure to isopropyl alcohol on your skin be absorbed and affect your liver?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Isopropyl alcohol: Definitely some isopropyl alcohol absorbs through the skin when applied- usually for medical uses. Fortunately, however, you need very large doses for toxicity to develop. Your liver can certainly handle the trace amounts that may come through the skin from hand sanitizers and the like. Even over the long term, I wouldn't worry too much. Drinking alcohol (any) would have far more of an affect.
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