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Disadvantages Hand Sanitizers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more
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
How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?
100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: make sure all areas are wiped (e.g., back and front of hands, fingertips, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! ...Read more
Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly. I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile- the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more
See below: Depends on how the exposure is. If ingested, exposed to the eyes or a mucosa surface, the detergents can be harmful. If you have any concerns about a present exposure, call your local poison control center for advise. ...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 washing my hands 4 times,wiping my hands with alcohol prep pads,using fingernail polish remover under my nails&hand sanitizer enough to kill sprem?
My lifestyle involves using antiseptic hand wipes my hands are dry red are the ingredients in them dangerous? I wash hands wiv antibac n wipes 50x/day
Intense exposure : This is something you need to discuss with a dermatologist. You could be having an intense exposure, or you could be allergic to some of the ingredients of the antiseptic hand wipe The hand wipe could also be drying you out. ...Read more
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