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Doctor insights on: Method Hand Soap

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Is it the soap or water that cleans your hands?

Is it the soap or water that cleans your hands?

Yes to both: Water helps to mechanically and chemically remove dirt and water soluble substances. Soap dissolves fatty substances, oils, grease, etc. Soap helps destroy viruses, bacteria by messing with their cell walls; water is better than nothing. Alcohol based hand cleaners, e.g. Purell don't get rid off dirt, but can destroy viruses and bacteria-not spores though-not good enough for c. Diff diarrheas. ...Read more

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If i washed blood off my hands with soap and i can't see it anymore is the blood gone from my hands?

If i washed blood off my hands with soap and i can't see it anymore is the blood gone from my hands?

Yes: In all practical purposes, you are safe from any contamination of blood. If you are not punctured, and simply blood stained your hand, washing your hand with soap and water eliminates your risk of getting infected by blood born disease. Provided that you hand has no open wound. ...Read more

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What diseases could someone who touched a puddle of urine from the ground of a public washroom but washed their hands right after with soap get?

What diseases could someone who touched a puddle of urine from the ground of a public washroom but washed their hands right after with soap get?

In real life...: In real life... none. That's why everyone should wash his hands after being in a public washroom. At home, it's also a good idea to wash hands after using the toilet. ...Read more

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Can soap wash HPV off hands?

Can soap wash HPV off hands?

No: Hpv is a virus and it will present as a wart on you hand. A wart is remove by chemical treatment, freezing or laser. ...Read more

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What soap is best for disinfecting your hands?

What soap is best for disinfecting your hands?

Antibacterial soap: The h1n1 flu outbreak of 2009 and 2010 led to further concern about transmitting germs. An increased focus on hand washing led to many people finding security in antibacterial soaps; however, research by the cdc found that the soap's antibiotic was no better at killing germs than regular hand soaps. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to every kind of hand soap, what is wrong with me?

I'm allergic to every kind of hand soap, what is wrong with me?

Possible contact der: If one get a rash to using topical agents, soap or moisturizers for example, this may be a an allergic or irritant contact dermatitis. Patch testing may be a tool that could be used to understand if this is the cause of one's symptoms. ...Read more

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I have an open cut on my hand and i washed my hand alot with soap in these 6days (more than 6times in a day) is this will cause serious diseases?

I have an open cut on my hand and i washed my hand alot with soap in these 6days (more than 6times in a day) is this will cause serious diseases?

Unlikely: Washing it 6 times a day is a lot. If your hand does not appear to be infected, no redness, pain, fever, pus or drainage it will likely be fine at this point 6 days later. ...Read more

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Boil water order in neighborhood. Accidentally turned water on hands for split second. Washed hands with bottle water and soap 2x. Will I get sick?

Boil water order in neighborhood. Accidentally turned water on hands for split second. Washed hands with bottle water and soap 2x. Will I get sick?

Not likely: Boil water order is done to kill bacteria in DRINKING water. As long as you did not drink the water you should be ok. Also you used the universal precaution by washing your hands with bottled water and soap which helps preventing spread of ALL germs (bacteria and viruses.) ...Read more

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Could I use mouthwash as hand soap?

Could I use mouthwash as hand soap?

You could: With its antiseptic properties, mouthwash is good for cleaning hands. This isn't necessarily less expensive but if you run out of hand soap mouthwash can be used. ...Read more

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Could dawn dish soap burn your hands?

Could dawn dish soap burn your hands?

Unlikely: but the hot water that it is in might. ...Read more

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I have an allergy to every kind of hand soap?

I have an allergy to every kind of hand soap?

Would be strange: It would be strange to get allergy to all hand soap. It usually starts when you have a skin lesion or skin rashes. Soap can irritate your already inflamed skin and make it worse and hard to heal. Skin lesions need to be seen and examined. See a local allergist or dermatologist for this problem. ...Read more

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Is hand soap effective at removing germs to wash dishes?

Yes: Hand washing with use of a soap or detergent can be effective in removing germs. Also, alcohol based "hand sanitizers" can serve this purpose. ...Read more