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Is it okay to put hand sanitizer in a deep cut?

Is it okay to put hand sanitizer in a deep cut?

Not recommended: Hand sanitizer has alcohol which can be toxic the tissues and flesh underneath the skin. (its not toxic to the top layer of skin) usually best course of action for a deep cut is to stop the bleeding with direct pressure. Then if bleeding stops wash with gentle soap and water. See a doctor to see if you need stitches. ...Read more

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I put hand sanitizer on my piercing now it hurts, what to do?

I put hand sanitizer on my piercing now it hurts, what to do?

Don't use: Hand sanitizer on new piercing - ouch! Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water, place on piercing ; allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at a drug store. ...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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I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

I forgot that I had put hand sanitizer on my hands, and let my baby suck my finger for a few seconds before realizing what I did. Will my baby be ok?

Safe: We may possibly all be better off using more hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers like Purell are alcohol based, and the amount on a fingertip (especially after a few seconds) would be insignificant.

Baby will be fine. ...Read more

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Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Put hand sanitizer on outside of cheese while still sealed w/ plastic. Went to eat some & it tasted like hand sanitizer.19 w preg. Could it hurt baby?

Minimal ingestion: I think you will be fine; obviously there are no studies on this to guarantee the lack of harm, but it's highly unlikely with such a small amount. The only known harm is likely the small amount of alcohol in the sanitizer, but your pregnancy is so far enough along that this should not matter. Relax. It's going to be fine. ...Read more

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We have 4 kids. 1 6week old infant and the others 6.8.10 all fully vaxed. If our kids wash hands or put hand sanitizer on before holding the baby - they should be able to be around her correct? They aren't around her much

We have 4 kids. 1 6week old infant and the others 6.8.10 all fully vaxed. If our kids wash hands or put hand sanitizer on before holding the baby - they should be able to be around her correct? They aren't around her much

Correct: Enjoy your kids, and let them enjoy the new addition, and don't worry much, the infant has got natural immunity from you while in the womb untill age 6 months when his/her immune system matures and works with full potential, keep the routine well baby visits and the scheduled vaccinations, which I trust you do, wish you all wellness ...Read more

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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

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Put hand sanitizer on my vaginal area and cut down there, should I tell my doctor? It's all superficial

Put hand sanitizer on my vaginal area and cut down there, should I tell my doctor? It's all superficial

Avoid: There is no reason to specifically tell your doctor unless you are having problems from this. It is best to avoid placing any chemicals on the genitals that are not designed to go there. This tissue is quite sensitive. ...Read more

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I put hand sanitizer around my groin anus area and it really burned. I also tried putting cologne and other things and it always burns. Why sensitive?

I put hand sanitizer around my groin anus area and it really burned. I also tried putting cologne and other things and it always burns. Why sensitive?

The surface cells: Or epithelium of the scrotum/anus in men and perineum in women are non-keratinized. The external layer of keratin present in most epithelial cells provides somewhat of a water barrier. Without this keratinized layer, the numerous nerve endings present are exposed to the environment. Remember, this sensitivity has a lot of benefit when it comes to pleasurable intimacy. Stay well:) ...Read more

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I had gonnorrhea, and used sex toys without realizing I had gonnorrhea. After I got treated, I used my sex toy again, but put hand sanitizer all over because I didn't have soap, help me out. Will I get infected again? Help

I had gonnorrhea, and used sex toys without realizing I had gonnorrhea. After I got treated, I used my sex toy again, but put hand sanitizer all over because I didn't have soap, help me out. Will I get infected again? Help

Get tested: Alwsys use soap and warm watter after each use of toys. Bacteria exposed to outside body most likely is dead and re infection is unlikely. But to be 100 % sure - test of cure is good idea anyway afzer about 4 weeks from previous treatment. Also make sure ypur all sexual contacts get tested. ...Read more

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I had sty in right eye wied stye out and put hand sanitizer in it even tryed to pop it and its been longer then a month and the and the bump small still ther don't hurt but still there why is bump still there and why won't go away it was a stye.

I had sty in right eye wied stye out and put hand sanitizer in it even tryed to pop it and its been longer then a month and the and the bump small still ther don't hurt but still there why is bump still there and why won't go away it was a stye.

Style = chalazion: This is a plugged oil gland in the eye lid. Treatment is hot compresses, wet wash cloth heated in the microwave, for 10 minutes at least 3 or 4 times a day. This requires 4-6 weeks to resolve and is the least invasive treatment. If the. Style is big it can be drained it the office, not on your own.. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of a fever blister/cold sore? Can I put hand sanitizer?

How do I get rid of a fever blister/cold sore? Can I put hand sanitizer?

Sanitizer: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown instudies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). I don't believe that hand sanitizer will heal it. ...Read more

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Can alcohol burn on pimples? Redness on my nose and it burns when I put hand sanitizer on it

Can alcohol burn on pimples? Redness on my nose and it burns when I put hand sanitizer on it

Yes: Any area of skin irritation or breakdown (pimples included) exposes nerve endings, which can sting when alcohol is applied. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Got dirty from going poo in a public restroom. I wash my hands with soap. I got home put purell hand sanitizer on body then got a cold sore on lip. Why?

Unrelated: Contamination from a toilet cannot cause cold sores, and anyway the hand washing plus alcohol gel would have prevented any kind of infection from this event. Your cold sore (oral herpes) outbreak is a coincidence, unrelated to the toilet exposure. ...Read more

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I was working on a computer in a library with a very dirty keyboard. Then, I just put a little hand sanitizer on and went to eat w/ my hands. Is this ok?

I was working on a computer in a library with a very dirty keyboard. Then, I just put a little hand sanitizer on and went to eat w/ my hands. Is this ok?

Yes: All keyboards are dirty, though usually undetectable to unaided eye, while some are grossly filthy. However, unless you have open cuts or sores on fingertips, it's unlikely that you'll pick up any infection from dirty keyboard. Washing your hands is always a good idea before eating (and especially after using toilet!). Use of hand sanitizer is a reasonable substitute between hand washing. ...Read more

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Used to put bleach, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, vitamin c tablets in my vagina. Will this affect fertility? I No longer do it. Normal periods

Used to put bleach, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, vitamin c tablets in my vagina. Will this affect fertility? I No longer do it. Normal periods

Chemical burns/react: Not a great idea unless you want your vagina to painfully swell closed. If you have stopped, this should not affect your fertility; however, I advise NEVER DOING THAT AGAIN. ...Read more

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Why am I so paranoid about germs? Wherever I go I take massive bottles of hand sanitizer, hand wipes and plastic bags to put the wipes in.

OCD: Sounds like you have a touch of obsessive-compulsive disorder. This is a medical/psychiatric condition where your body perceives an increased risk of harm (in your case from germs), so your body is trying to protect itself. This abnormal thought process can often be managed with medication, therapy or a combination of both. Treatment can be very effective! ...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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What is hand sanitizer made of?

What is hand sanitizer made of?

Various alcohols: The common one I used in my office had an ethyl alcohol base with a variety of bitter additives to make it undrinkable. Isopropyl alcohol (common rubbing alcohol) may occasionally show up in some products. Wood alcohol (methanol) is so toxic (tablespoonful will kill you) it does not show up in this product but is occasional used as a fuel. ...Read more

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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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Is it bad to use a lot of hand sanitizer?

Is it bad to use a lot of hand sanitizer?

Dry skin: Sanitizers usually have some alcohol in them that can dry your skin, so use a moisturizer on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can using hand sanitizer often be dangerous?

Can using hand sanitizer often be dangerous?

Not often: However, obsessing about germs can be unhealthy and the type of sanitizer can unduly expose you to certain chemicals. Speak to your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

OUCH!: That type of hand sanitizer is 63% ethyl alcohol or ethanol. Ethanol is the same alcohol found in spirits and liquors and beer and wine. It will sting and probably used sparingly will not harm a very superficial cut but id keep it out of deep cuts. Gentle washing with soap and water is effective. It also contains water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, carbomer, fragrance, aminomethyl propanol, etc. ...Read more

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