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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why is alcohol put in hand sanitizer?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
Anti-bacterial: Alcohol is a weak antiseptic.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
To kill germs: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says alcohol-based hand sanitizers must contain at least 60% alcohol to be effective. " REF: https://www.insider.com/does-alcohol-kill-germs

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Is it safe to use hand sanitizer with alcohol when pregnant?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Probably OK: The use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers is probably ok during pregnancy as long as it is used sparingly. Tiny amounts of the alcohol can get absorbed through the skin but this is at nearly non-detectable levels if used sparingly.
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A 55-year-old male asked:

Is 70% Ethyl alcohol as effective as hand sanitizers?

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Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Yes: There are higher concentrations in many hand sanitizer preps , and although 70% ethyl is very effective, it is probably slightly less effective than higher concentrations
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Help, what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Varies with brand: The material I use in the office is 65% ethyl alcohol combined with a number of agents that are also toxic to germs and act as stabilizers for the product.

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