A member asked:

Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. George Klauber answered

Specializes in Pediatric Urology

No: Will sting, but won't cause harm. Similar to putting a disinfectant on a wound. It is then best to rinse it off with claen water.

Answered 1/19/2020


Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered

Specializes in Hand Surgery

OUCH! : That type of hand sanitizer is 63% ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Ethanol is the same alcohol found in spirits and liquors and beer and wine. It will sting and probably used sparingly will not harm a very superficial cut but id keep it out of deep cuts.Gentle washing with soap and water is effective. It also contains water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, carbomer, fragrance, aminomethyl propanol, etc.

Answered 1/19/2020



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