Top
20
Doctor insights on: Hand Sanitizer And Arthritis In Hands

Share
Dr. Thomas Namey
2,420 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
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

9

9
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

See 1 more doctor answer
12

12
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

13

13
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

15

15
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

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
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

17

17
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

18

18
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

Dr. Robert Lowe
1,553 Doctors shared insights

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