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Doctor insights on: Hand Sanitizer And Arthritis In Hands

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...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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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 okay to occasionally use hand sanitizer that contains triclosan?

Triclosan: According to the fda, there are no additional benefits to having triclosan in health, beauty and household products in preventing infection as compared to products that do not contain it. So far triclosan is not known to be harmful to humans but there are some animal studies that show harm. There is also a question of whether it may cause bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Could hand sanitizer prevent herpes?

Could hand sanitizer prevent herpes?

Herpes prevention: The best form of herpes prevention is to avoid contact of mucous membranes (genital tract, as well as eyes/mouth/nose) with an infected partner. Latex barriers are the standard. Docs have anti-virals too, i.e. Valtrex. There may actually be some activity of hand sanitizers directly against the virus- and microemulsions of certain alcohols and other compounds are an area of active research now. ...Read more

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Is it true that using hand sanitizer leads to superbugs and supergerms like MRSA?

Is it true that using hand sanitizer leads to superbugs and supergerms like MRSA?

False: Hand sanitizer is based on alcohol which is a physical antimicrobial and thus the usual kind of resistance does not appear - it would be like balloons getting resistant to pins. ...Read more

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If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

Bacteria: There are some bacteria that are inside our body or on are skin that are part of our normal flora. However there are other bacteria that will cause illness and are pathogenic. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

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

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Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Sanitize: Yes-- it can, depending on the coating type-- a better choice is a microfiber cloth. ...Read more

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I inhaled hand sanitizer today while putting it on my hands. Will this harm me??

I inhaled hand sanitizer today while putting it on my hands. Will this harm me??

Probably not: Though hand sanitizes contain alcohol (not the drinking kind), the concentration of alcohol and your single episode should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Will I get infection from hand sanitizer being on my bottom? On the road spring break :{}

Will I get infection from hand sanitizer being on my bottom? On the road spring break :{}

What?: You have hand sanitizer on your bottom? Why? In general, I would avoid application of anything (except soap/water) to the genital area. However, we will need more information in order to answer you. ...Read more

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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

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

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Can you get anything from dried up blood under nails from someone after you have washed them a couple times and used hand sanitizer?

Can you get anything from dried up blood under nails from someone after you have washed them a couple times and used hand sanitizer?

Blood borne pathogen: There are many blood borne pathogens. Hence all medical personnel get trained on avoiding contact/ exposure. All depends on what is present in the blood and how long and what it can survive. Nails are strong but there is skin under nails. So please check with your PCP with details of exposure Ie how you were exposed and whose blood it is to make sure you do not need to be tested. ...Read more

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When I use soup or hand sanitizer or even moisturizing soup, my hands get very dry. It is very uncomforatble. Could I be allergic? Is this normal?

When I use soup or hand sanitizer or even moisturizing soup, my hands get very dry. It is very uncomforatble. Could I be allergic? Is this normal?

Dry Hands: If skin dryness is only side effect it is unlikely an allergy. Using soaps and sanitizer frequently throughout the day can be very irritating to hands so limiting hand washing can help. Moisturize your hands frequently throughout the day with fragrant-free product. Also can try Aquaphor application on hands at night covered by cotton gloves to seal in moisture. Use gloves when washing dishes. ...Read more

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So far I ate some soup, put chapstick medicated and lypsol on it, cut it open put hand sanitizer on it then petroleum jelly. What should I do next?

So far I ate some soup, put chapstick medicated and lypsol on it, cut it open put hand sanitizer on it then petroleum jelly. What should I do next?

Healing open wounds: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more

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I shook someones hand who had a wart. How scared should I be? I don't have any cuts on my hand. Washed hand in lake (within 10min)/hand sanitizer (20) ty

I shook someones hand who had a wart. How scared should I be? I don't have any cuts on my hand. Washed hand in lake (within 10min)/hand sanitizer (20) ty

Slight risk: Warts are indeed contagious but if your contact was fleeting and your skin intact the hand washing you did probably reduced the risk to minimal. Hand washing and foot protection are two of the best things you can do to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

Safe: We may possibly all be better off using more hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers like Purell are alcohol based, and the amount on a fingertip (especially after a few seconds) would be insignificant.

Baby will be fine. ...Read more

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I was working on a computer in a library with a very dirty keyboard. Then, I just put a little hand sanitizer on and went to eat w/ my hands. Is this ok?

I was working on a computer in a library with a very dirty keyboard. Then, I just put a little hand sanitizer on and went to eat w/ my hands. Is this ok?

Yes: All keyboards are dirty, though usually undetectable to unaided eye, while some are grossly filthy. However, unless you have open cuts or sores on fingertips, it's unlikely that you'll pick up any infection from dirty keyboard. Washing your hands is always a good idea before eating (and especially after using toilet!). Use of hand sanitizer is a reasonable substitute between hand washing. ...Read more

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Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Minimal ingestion: I think you will be fine; obviously there are no studies on this to guarantee the lack of harm, but it's highly unlikely with such a small amount. The only known harm is likely the small amount of alcohol in the sanitizer, but your pregnancy is so far enough along that this should not matter. Relax. It's going to be fine. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Hand Sanitizer (Definition)

A solution that cleans the ...Read more