A member asked:

What should i do if i accidentally swallowed hand sanitizer?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Swallow Hand Sanitiz: Generally hand sanitizer contains scents and alcohol. Read the label for ingredients. Not sure if there is anything dangerous in there? Call you local poison control hotline. Usually, there is nothing in hand sanitizer that is dangerous, as most people eat with their hands and come in contact with hands cleaned with the same sanitizer.

Answered 12/8/2020


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

A tiny amount: is not likely to hurt you. However, hand sanitizer can contain high concentrations of ethanol or isopropanol, so ingesting significant amounts can make you sick. It should taste bad, so most people would stop swallowing it almost immediately. Call poison control if worried.

Answered 1/13/2021



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