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Hand Sanitizer And Arthritis In Hands
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
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
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
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
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
No: You may be having a reaction to some of the compounds in the solution. ...Read more
Sanitize: Yes-- it can, depending on the coating type-- a better choice is a microfiber cloth. ...Read more
No: You are ok to do it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Just a thought. I don't do this but is it ok or safe to put hand sanitizer down there after wiping to prevent uti.
Is putting hand sanitizer on a small cut going to infect it? I know it would burn and wouldn't do much good but will it get infected?
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
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
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
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
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 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
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