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Doctor insights on: Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

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Does isopropyl rubbing alcohol stop the growth of new skin on a road rash?

Does isopropyl rubbing alcohol stop the growth of new skin on a road rash?

Can impede healing: Best thing to do after the initial disinfection with soap or alcohol is to apply petroleum ointment (plain vaseline) at least twice daily until the skin has re-epithelized (about 5-7days). Hydrogen peroxide can be harmful to the healing skin, antibiotic ointments increase the risk of allergic contact dermatitis, alcohol can dry out the wound resulting in a scab which can also slow down healing. ...Read more

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Can getting 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol in your eye cause the eye to go blind?

Can getting 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol in your eye cause the eye to go blind?

Not likely: Although you could definitely injure the eye. If this occurs, wash out the eye immediately with water. Then go to the nearest emergency department. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get a bac level of .219 from rubbing isopropyl alcohol on skin..If so how much alcohol and for how long?

Is it possible to get a bac level of .219 from rubbing isopropyl alcohol on skin..If so how much alcohol and for how long?

Blood alcohol: There us no way rubbing alcohol on your skin can lead to a blood alcohol level that is three tines the legal limit and nearly high enough to cause death. ...Read more

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What happens when rubbing(isopropyl) alcohol is lathered on/in the vagina? Can it cause blistering/ itching or burning, and for how long?

Did : Did you do this? I don't know how long it will take for this injury to fully recover. Do not put rubbing alcohol in the vagina. It will cause lot's of pain, blisters and drying of the delicate vaginal mucosa. Keep the area clean and dry. ...Read more

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Is rubbing alcohol (ethyl or isopropyl) strong enough to damage plastic lens of eyeglasses?

Is rubbing alcohol (ethyl or isopropyl) strong enough to damage plastic lens of eyeglasses?

Generally not: the plastic lenses of eyeglasses from reputable dealers will not be damaged by rubbing alcohol although some frames might be susceptible. Lenses from ordinary retail sources might be made of cheaper plastic and be damaged. However it is always best to clean the lenses with a microfiber cloth and use dish soap if the soil is heavy. ...Read more

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Can 91% isopropyl alcohol cause blisters on the testicles if left on too long? Left a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol between my thighs

Can 91% isopropyl alcohol cause blisters on the testicles if left on too long? Left a cotton ball soaked with rubbing alcohol between my thighs

Alcohol on scrotum: Alcohol is an irritant and dries the skin, and should not be used on any areas of the skin, especially on delicate areas like the groin and scrotum. If you want to use something to dry and clean that area, use Witch Hazel. ...Read more

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Is it okay to rub isopropyl alcohol on head for razor bumps? Will it be able to dry out the razor bumps?

Is it okay to rub isopropyl alcohol on head for razor bumps? Will it be able to dry out the razor bumps?

Not effective: Best to use non alcohol containing facial moisturizer. Also shaving with, not against the direction of hair growth can reduce irritation from shaving as well. Softening hair with warm, moist towel prior to shaving or shaving in shower also helpful. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why isopropyl alcohol is harmful to the skin?

Can you please explain why isopropyl alcohol is harmful to the skin?

The alcohol: Isopropyl alcohol contains just that, alcohol. Alcohol is extremely drying and kills germs on your hands by disolving their membranes. Your skin cells have membranes too. ...Read more

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Is using isopropyl alcohol on a big wound considered safe?

Not the best: Initially clean with betadine, then daily dress with a less caustic medicine.Daily application of even hydrogen peroxide causes tissue destruction and retards natural healing.Best to see a doctor, at least once, and get a good treatment regemin so you will heal as fast and safely as possible.Your pharmacist can be of help as well. ...Read more

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Isopropyl, methyl alcohol, ethanol all the same?

Isopropyl, methyl alcohol, ethanol all the same?

Definitely not: Isopropyl alcohol, also called rubbing alcohol, is used as a common topical disinfectant for cut and scrapes. Methyl alcohol (also called methanol) is used in chemistry to make other substances in industry as well as a fuel. Ethanol is the form of alcohol found in beer, wine, and other alcoholic beverages. You never ever want to consume methanol as it is extremely dangerous and can cause blindness. ...Read more