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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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Does hand sanitizer work as good or better in germ killing than regular hand washing?

Does hand sanitizer work as good or better in germ killing than regular hand washing?

I think so: There are two factors, one mechanical and the other is chemical , hand washing dose mostly the mechanical one and the hand sanitizer do mainly the chemical one, it better to do them both. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Could purell hand sanitizer kill HIV on the surfaces?

Yes: It will kill HIV even if it is in blood droplets. Do note that hand sanitizer does not kill clostridium difficile or noravirus. ...Read more

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Dr. Forrest Jones Dr. Jones
Family Medicine
years in practice
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Does hand sanitizer kill Ebola virus?

Does hand sanitizer kill Ebola virus?

No: It doesn't kill but does help prevent its spread. See Healthtap blog on the Ebola virus. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya Dr. Acharya
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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Dr. Jalal Zuberi Dr. Zuberi
Pediatrics
41 years in practice
Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College
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Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Can hand sanitizer kill or inactivate rabies virus?

Killing Rabies virus: Unfortunately hand sanitizers are not effective against Rabies virus, while they may be useful in others and many bacteria. Household bleach is more effective against Rabies virus, as it is against many other viral and bacterial agents, including staph infections. One way to make an effective solution is to mix 1/2 cup of household bleach in a gallon of water for spraying or washing with. ...Read more

Dr. Paul Williams Dr. Williams
Family Medicine
31 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does hand sanitizer kill viruses on hands such as hcv hvb or hiv?

Does hand sanitizer kill viruses on hands such as hcv hvb or hiv?

Hand sanitizers: As long as the product contains at least 60% alcohol it should kill most bacteria and some viruses. Hand sanitizers won't work on dirty or greasy hands. SEE http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/show-me-the-science-hand-sanitizer.html or http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/innovation_quality_patient_care/areas_expertise/infections_complications/hand_hygiene/why_wipes.html Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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Does hand sanitizer kill sperm on my hands as soon as I apply it?

Does hand sanitizer kill sperm on my hands as soon as I apply it?

Should: Washing your hands thoroughly should have the same effects. Hand sanitizer should work. Sperm lives very briefly outside the body. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Can hand sanitizer kill sperm cells on my hands immediately on contact? Will it kill all of them? How fast does it kill them?

Can hand sanitizer kill sperm cells on my hands immediately on contact? Will it kill all of them? How fast does it kill them?

Here are some...: What you described may suggest personal anxiety to get pregnant. As to possible sperms-killing effect of sanitizer spread, I'm afraid of no specific study being done to address your Q. Nonetheless, the described scenario and what you did would give sperms almost no odd to fertilize an egg in considering the specific and fastidious requirements for sperm survival. More? Ask doc timely... ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Berg Dr. Berg
Surgery
28 years in practice
University of Maryland School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Christine Hom Dr. Hom
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau Dr. Juchau
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Is washing my hands 4 times,wiping my hands with alcohol prep pads,using fingernail polish remover under my nails&hand sanitizer enough to kill sprem?

Is washing my hands 4 times,wiping my hands with alcohol prep pads,using fingernail polish remover under my nails&hand sanitizer enough to kill sprem?

OCD: you are going way overboard with the washing, this is getting in the obsessive compulsive range. Why do you feel the need to do all these things, do you have other compulsions? If so you need to see a professional about this. Washing your hands once with soap and water was enough. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin Dr. Lin
Urology
47 years in practice
Kaohsiung Medical University
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Does hand sanitizer kill sperm on hands? (70% ethyl alcohol, purpose antimicrobial)

Does hand sanitizer kill sperm on hands? (70% ethyl alcohol, purpose antimicrobial)

Yes,...: Despite no specific study, commonsense would firmly support the sperm-killing ability of sanitizer. So, yes. Nonetheless, follow the current available recommendations to safeguard practice of safe sex so to lessen unnecessary and unwanted anxiety and fear. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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Can hand sanitizer kill the Herpes Simplex-1 virus when applied to hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with it. Can disinfectant sprays?

Can hand sanitizer kill the Herpes Simplex-1 virus when applied to hands or inanimate objects that are contaminated with it. Can disinfectant sprays?

It helps ....: While anti-bacterial hand sanitizer doesn't kill viruses, using it will help protect you from becoming infected. Alcohol based products may be especially helpful as alcohol can destabilize a viral cell membrane. Disinfectant sprays would have limited use for this purpose. Good wishes:) ...Read more

Dr. Gurmukh Singh Dr. Singh
Pathology
45 years in practice
University of Pune, Armed Forces Medical College
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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. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. Hylton Lightman Dr. Lightman
Pediatrics
40 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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Dr. Christine Hom Dr. Hom
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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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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