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Dangers Of Hand Sanitizer Overuse
Are there DIY solutions for hands' and fingers' (particularly thumbs) joint pain resulting from overuse of game controllers and phone texting?
My colleague uses a lot of hand sanitizer to clean her tables. Can the alcohol evaporated from the sanitizer damage the eyes and respiratory system?
Unlikely an issue: Direct contact of the sanitizer with the delicate surface of the eye would be harmful. However, the dissipation of the alcohol vapor as it evaporates from the cleaned surfaces has such a low concentration that harm to the eyes or lungs would be unlikely. Using such products in open spaces is less worrisome than those that are confined and poorly ventilated . ...Read more
Are certain chemicals in hand sanitizers carcinogenic? Are hand sanitizers really effective and useful?
Hand Sanitizers: If USED properly, and NOT ingested they are safe. Certainly the no water needed hand sanitizers may often contain high levels of alcohol, which if ingested by a person, especially a child could be very harmful and even fatal. Alcohol may be substituted in some products with Benzalkonium chloride, which is an allergen, carncinogen and immunosuppresive chemical. If used properly, they are safe. ...Read more
I'm assuming: You're talking about the hand gripper that you find sporting good stores. I don't think this single thing leads to carpal tunnel I do think that if you have carpet tunnel mouth case and you do too much of anything that's repetitive you can make the carpal thompson feel worse of times in addition carpal tunnels often progressive problem so sometimes it's just seems that the activity makes it worse but it just gets worse anyway if you don't have carpal tall symptom symptoms now that i wouldn't worry about using a hand gripper. ...Read more
Second hand smoke: Second hand smoke increases a child's chance of developing asthma, allergies, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia. Babies exposed to smoke before or after birth have an increased chance of dying from sids. If adults must smoke it is best left to open air when it doesn't leave the deadly residue and carcinogenic chemicals. Cars and houses should be no smoking zones. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hand washing vs hand sanitizer? Which is better when done performing blood draws! would hand sanitizer prevent me from getting infected?
Both work.: It's my understanding that hand washing and hand sanitizer are both good; certainly they are far better than not washing hands. If you are drawing blood, wear gloves. Don't re-cap needles, because you really can get stuck. If you should have a needle stick injury where you are in contact with a patient's blood, call your supervisor, the nursing supervisor, or the employee health department. ...Read more
Looks that way.: I am not familiar with this product but sterizar hand foamer, clorox hand sanitizing spray and germstar noro, and all claim to be effective against the norovirus. ...Read more
Is using hand sanitizer (with the active ingredient Ethyl Alcohol 70%) harmful during the pregnancy?
No: You should ignore silly claims about common metals and other harmless things causing cancer. They're simply made up by people pretending to be your friends. They're not. The real chemicals that cause cancer are either mutagens or things that actually kill cells off forcing them to regrow. Aluminum is neither, outside perhaps from a petri dish in unphysiologic amounts. ...Read more
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