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Why is it harmful to put hand sanitizer on broken skin or open wounds?

Why is it harmful to put hand sanitizer on broken skin or open wounds?

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

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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How harmful is it to get fluocinonide in open wounds? I have bad psoriasis on my scalp and am always scratching, which results in a lot of broken skin and open wounds. I just put on my fluocinonide 0.05% and had severe stinging all over my head once I app

How harmful is it to get fluocinonide in open wounds? I have bad psoriasis on my scalp and am always scratching, which results in a lot of broken skin and open wounds. I just put on my fluocinonide 0.05% and had severe stinging all over my head once I app

Shouldn't use it.: Fluocinonide can be used to control psoriasis, but should not be used in open wounds especially if you suspect that it maybe infected. I suspect the stinging you feel is from the alcohol content of the solution which may well work as an antiseptic. ...Read more

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Can hand sanitizer make dry skin?

Can hand sanitizer make dry skin?

Yes: Most hand sanitiziers have alcohol in them which can dry out your hands, make sure to find one without it in the ingredients. ...Read more

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Putting hand sanitizer on a skin allergic rash? Rash has been present for about a month. Neck first, then upper back. Neck disappeared now slight.

Putting hand sanitizer on a skin allergic rash? Rash has been present for about a month. Neck first, then upper back. Neck disappeared now slight.

Hand sanitizer on: A rash is not helpful and may even make things work. You need to find out the cause of the rash, e.g., allergy to a specific food, clothing, metal, etc. Your doc can help you w/this. Please see him or her. Avoid any lotions that contain alcohol, which is drying. ...Read more

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Child scratched me after swam in dirty pool, broke skin, little blood. Hand sanitizer, washed 5 min w/ soap. How long to know it's not infected? Days?

Child scratched me after swam in dirty pool, broke skin, little blood. Hand sanitizer, washed 5 min w/ soap. How long to know it's not infected? Days?

Couple of days: If it does not become, red, swollen or painful by a couple of days since the incident, you should be okay. You may apply Neosporin ointment to the wound.
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Had protected sex & have balanitus after putting hand sanitizer on my penis in sept. No blisters. Red spots on head, red Corona/foreskin. Risk of hsv?

Had protected sex & have balanitus after putting hand sanitizer on my penis in sept. No blisters. Red spots on head, red Corona/foreskin. Risk of hsv?

Probably not herpes: Herpes doesn't cause this sort of problem, especially when it lasts several months. This sounds like garden variety fungal (yeast) or nonspecific balanitis, very common in uncircumcised men. Probably not caused by hand sanitizer, even if that was just before the problem started. Retract foreskin and wash 2x daily w/ soap & water. See a dermatologist if it continues after that. ...Read more

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Hand sanitizer dried out hands & skin cut & bled & have tiny itchy bumps that won't go away with creams or hydrocortisone. Fungal? Allergy? Bacterial?

Hand sanitizer dried out hands & skin cut & bled & have tiny itchy bumps that won't go away with creams or hydrocortisone. Fungal? Allergy? Bacterial?

Irritant: This is from an irritant reaction because of the alcohol. You may try a hand sanitizer (with a moisturizer)without alcohol or the regular one with a moisturizer and see whether you can tolerate either. ...Read more

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What is a red bloody lump on hand with broken skin?

What is a red bloody lump on hand with broken skin?

Pyogenic Granuloma: This sounds like a pyogenic granuloma which is a benign mass which can occur on the hand. Typical initial treatment is application of silver nitrate. See an dermatologist or a hand surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Possibility I touched something after someone who could have hiv. I have dry broken skin on my hands. Could I pick up the infection by this?

Possibility I touched something after someone who could have hiv. I have dry broken skin on my hands. Could I pick up the infection by this?

No: HIV is transmitted via sex, or blood transfusion or use of contaminated needle (or from Mom to baby with birth/pregnancy/ breast feeding) It is very remotely possible to transmit via contact with contaminated blood to an open wound. An HIV patient who was not bleeding does not contaminate something by touching it. ...Read more

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Dry broken skin on my hands and contact with my cat and dog. Should I to avoid their saliva on skin or only if they bite me is it risk of infection?

Dry broken skin on my hands and contact with my cat and dog. Should I to avoid their saliva on skin or only if they bite me is it risk of infection?

Wash: Rabies seems unlikely. Bacteria in a dog's mouth sometimes cause infections when injected deep by a bite. The contact you describe rarely results in problems. Soak hands in hot water, then rub in a cream for dry skin. ...Read more

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Touching a rusty gate when I have dry, broken skin on my hands. Is there a risk of infection, such as tetanus?

Touching a rusty gate when I have dry, broken skin on my hands. Is there a risk of infection, such as tetanus?

Infection: This is highly unlikely, although nothing is impossible. Infection can be introduced into the body any time there are breaks in the integument (skin and mucous membranes) since this is our primary immune defense. On the other hand it would be virtually impossible to get tetanus in this manner. This organism would have to be deposited in tissue without blood supply and produce toxin. Don't worry. ...Read more

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Risk of getting any of the hepatitis virus' via contact with toilet water on broken skin / scratch on hand. Do these virus survive in toilet water?

Risk of getting any of the hepatitis virus' via contact with toilet water on broken skin / scratch on hand. Do these virus survive in toilet water?

Unlikldy to get sick: Hepatitis A is mostly from oral intake of contaminated food/water. Hep B is usually by sex or sharing needles (IV)/while Hep C is primarily IV ...Read more

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Dog bite on thumb didn't break skin, but already have a little dry and broken skin on otherside of thumb. Risk of infection? If so what infections?

Dog bite on thumb didn't break skin, but already have a little dry and broken skin on otherside of thumb. Risk of infection? If so what infections?

Low risk of infx: If the dog's tooth did not break your skin than the risk is low. Most dogs carry an organism called pasteurella multocida. If you develop redness, swelling, or pus drainage then you should see a doctor and may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Bite from rat causing broken skin and swollen wrist, really painful. How do I treat this?

Bite from rat causing broken skin and swollen wrist, really painful. How do I treat this?

See your doctor!: If you got bit by a rat you need to worry about infection as well as possible rabies. The swelling and pain strongly suggests that you have an infection. I think you should get this checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dog bite on thumb, didn't break skin. But I have broken skin on otherside around my thumb nail due to biting that skin myself. Risk of what infection?

Dog bite on thumb, didn't break skin. But I have broken skin on otherside around my thumb nail due to biting that skin myself. Risk of what infection?

Human worse: The dog carries fewer and less virulent bacteria in their mouth than humans. Therefore you are at greater risk of infection as a result of you biting the skin of the thumb than the dogs bite. ...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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Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Does hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol kill bacteria in a wound?

Not indicated use: Hand sanitizer is for intact skin. Putting it on a wound (not intact skin) would burn and sting. Better choice wound be to wash wound with mild soap and water, pat dry, hair dryer the wound and cover with dry gauze. Ok to check with your doc or wound clinic. ...Read more

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Is it safe to rub hand sanitizer on open cuts for disinfecting it before seeing my doc? Will I get alcohol poisoning? I put a lot a few times today

Is it safe to rub hand sanitizer on open cuts for disinfecting it before seeing my doc? Will I get alcohol poisoning? I put a lot a few times today

No: It's safe, but it may hurt your cuts. I doubt the alcohol contents of the hand sanitizer is significant enough to cause alcohol poisoning unless you may be poring gallons on your skin. ...Read more

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Has hep c and has developed sores on his hands. Top of hands and fingers. Open wounds.

Has hep c and has developed sores on his hands. Top of hands and fingers. Open wounds.

Go to the Doctor: This is not in any way a symptom of Hep C. Open wounds need examination and treatment. Please get this man to the doctor. ...Read more

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Can you get hiv from blood on paper bag if the blood is fresh? I had open wounds on my hand when I grabbed the bag. I am worried.

Can you get hiv from blood on paper bag if the blood is fresh? I had open wounds on my hand when I grabbed the bag. I am worried.

Unlikely: First the blood must be HIV infected for you to contract it. Second the chance for you to catch HIV from this manner is very small even if the blood is infected with HIV. But if you are worried, it never hurts to get tested about 3 months after the contact. ...Read more

Hand Sanitizer (Definition)

A solution that cleans the ...Read more