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Doctor insights on: Disadvantages Hand Sanitizers

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Should be sanitize their hands before holding a baby?

Should be sanitize their hands before holding a baby?

Yes: Always wash your hands before picking up a baby and after diaper changes. You can use antibacterial soap or alcohol based gel.
If you are using a gel, make sure your habds are dry before picking up the baby in order to avoid the baby inhaling alcohol fumes. ...Read more

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Should I make everyone sanitize their hands before I let them hold the baby?

Should I make everyone sanitize their hands before I let them hold the baby?

Yes: As a rule, always have anyone that holds your baby either wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
If you feel uncomfortable asking people to do so, place a cute card in the bassinet or crib stating, "i am a clean baby, please wash your hands before you pick me up" and have the sanitizer close by! ...Read more

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What is hand sanitizer made of?

What is hand sanitizer made of?

Various alcohols: The common one I used in my office had an ethyl alcohol base with a variety of bitter additives to make it undrinkable. Isopropyl alcohol (common rubbing alcohol) may occasionally show up in some products. Wood alcohol (methanol) is so toxic (tablespoonful will kill you) it does not show up in this product but is occasional used as a fuel. ...Read more

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Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Baby and kid hand sanitizer information?

Be careful: If children's swallow these agent they could be harmful to the child and end up in er. ...Read more

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Is it bad to use a lot of hand sanitizer?

Is it bad to use a lot of hand sanitizer?

Dry skin: Sanitizers usually have some alcohol in them that can dry your skin, so use a moisturizer on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can using hand sanitizer often be dangerous?

Can using hand sanitizer often be dangerous?

Not often: However, obsessing about germs can be unhealthy and the type of sanitizer can unduly expose you to certain chemicals. Speak to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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Is it okay to put hand sanitizer in a deep cut?

Is it okay to put hand sanitizer in a deep cut?

Not recommended: Hand sanitizer has alcohol which can be toxic the tissues and flesh underneath the skin. (its not toxic to the top layer of skin) usually best course of action for a deep cut is to stop the bleeding with direct pressure. Then if bleeding stops wash with gentle soap and water. See a doctor to see if you need stitches. ...Read more

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Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

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 more

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How many times can you use hand sanitizer in a day?

How many times can you use hand sanitizer in a day?

No limit: No limit. However you need to be aware that will dry-out you are hands and you need to rehydrate them with hand lotions, of course if you have certain skin condiitions you should not use them. ...Read more

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Why do some people warn against using hand sanitizer?

Why do some people warn against using hand sanitizer?

Ouch!: Besides the obvious discomfort from solutions that are usually alcohol based it is also damaging the exposed tissue. ...Read more

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I use hand sanitizer very frequently while taking care of my two young kids. Is there any concern about using too much of it?

I use hand sanitizer very frequently while taking care of my two young kids. Is there any concern about using too much of it?

Not really: Most of these are composed of ethanol gel and various other additives. They tend to be very drying when used often. The ethanol does not penetrate the skin in significant amounts. Other than dry, rough hands, there is not much to worry about. My nurses used a lot of moisturizers at the end of the work day to try to manage the drying effect. ...Read more

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Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Yes: Sniffing any chemicals can cause a health issues, why take a chance?
If this is a habit you can't control, it is an addiction, and needs to be looked at... ...Read more

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Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

No: Hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol and remember babies tend to put their hand in their mouth, and they can also absorb the alcohol from thier skin. Alcohol irritates the delicate skin of babies.
In most instances soap and water will do just fine to clean little hands. If you must use it put it on your hands first and then apply to your babys hands.
Always read warning labels on any product you use! ...Read more

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Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Yes: You could also die from drinking too much water. But the toxic material and ethyl alcohol in hand sanitizer would kill you sooner. The physical pain and discomfort for both would make it a gross and truly undesirable event. ...Read more

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Does hand sanitizer really prevent disease?

Yes: Hospitals that have instituted hand washing protocols (mostly with sanitizers) can show lower rates of infection and also lower mortality rates. ...Read more

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Could sniffing hand sanitizer fumes be bad for you?

Hand sanitizer: Yes. Depending on the sanitizer it could be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Help, what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

Help, what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

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. ...Read more

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Any ideas why (hand) sanitizer have an expiration date?

Any ideas why (hand) sanitizer have an expiration date?

Rubbing acetone: Rubbing alcohol turns into acetone over time, usually becoming ineffective after about two years from manufacture. hand sanitizer has a high concentration of alcohol. ...Read more

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Could I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

Could I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

Kills most things: Hand sanitizers will kill most common germs. However it does not kill all things. If you have been in a hospital setting or have been around very sick people, I would advise warm soap and water, washing for 30 seconds before rinsing. ...Read more

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What should I do if I accidentally swallowed hand sanitizer?

What should I do if I accidentally swallowed hand sanitizer?

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. ...Read more

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Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Ingested toxin: The hs in my office are gell forms of ethyl alcohol with a variety of additives that make them un palatable. If injested, this product could lower blood sugar in an infant but would not likely do much else. If the particular sanitizer were a form of wood alcohol (methanol) ingestion of small amounts could be deadly. Surface application of these products is benign but does dry the skin over time. ...Read more