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I shook someones hand who had a wart. How scared should I be? I dont have any cuts on my hand. washed hand in lake(within 10min)/hand sanitizer(20) ty

I shook someones hand who had a wart. How scared should I be? I dont have any cuts on my hand. washed hand in lake(within 10min)/hand sanitizer(20) ty

Slight risk: Warts are indeed contagious but if your contact was fleeting and your skin intact the hand washing you did probably reduced the risk to minimal. Hand washing and foot protection are two of the best things you can do to protect yourself. ...Read more

Dr. David Hettinger
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I inhaled hand sanitizer today while putting it on my hands. Will this harm me??

I inhaled hand sanitizer today while putting it on my hands. Will this harm me??

Probably not: Though hand sanitizes contain alcohol (not the drinking kind), the concentration of alcohol and your single episode should not be a problem. ...Read more

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Is putting purell hand sanitizer on cuts harmful?

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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Does 70% alcohol sanitize enough to kill the wart (on hands) virus enough to no longer spread on a dry surface ?

Does 70% alcohol sanitize enough to kill the wart (on hands) virus enough to no longer spread on a dry surface ?

No: The wart virus is very tough to sanitize. Disinfectants like Lysol (60% alcohol) do not contain a high enough % alcohol to sanitize the HPV virus which causes warts. Exposure to 90% ethanol for at least 1 minute can disinfect the virus. The best way to prevent spread is to keep the wart covered with a bandage. I hope this helps! ...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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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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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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Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Is sniffing hand sanitizer bad?

Yes: sniffing any chemicals can cause a health issues, why take a chance?
If this is a habit you can't control, it is an addiction, and needs to be looked at... ...Read more

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What should I do if i accidentally swallowed hand sanitizer?

What should I do if i accidentally swallowed hand sanitizer?

Swallow Hand Sanitiz: Generally hand sanitizer contains scents and alcohol. Read the label for ingredients. Not sure if there is anything dangerous in there? Call you local poison control hotline. Usually, there is nothing in hand sanitizer that is dangerous, as most people eat with their hands and come in contact with hands cleaned with the same sanitizer. ...Read more

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Is it okay to occasionally use hand sanitizer that contains triclosan?

Triclosan: According to the fda, there are no additional benefits to having triclosan in health, beauty and household products in preventing infection as compared to products that do not contain it. So far triclosan is not known to be harmful to humans but there are some animal studies that show harm. There is also a question of whether it may cause bacterial resistance. ...Read more

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Could hand sanitizer prevent herpes?

Could hand sanitizer prevent herpes?

Herpes prevention: The best form of herpes prevention is to avoid contact of mucous membranes (genital tract, as well as eyes/mouth/nose) with an infected partner. Latex barriers are the standard. Docs have anti-virals too, i.e. Valtrex. There may actually be some activity of hand sanitizers directly against the virus- and microemulsions of certain alcohols and other compounds are an area of active research now. ...Read more

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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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If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

If we need bacteria, why do doctors recommend we use hand sanitizer?

Bacteria: There are some bacteria that are inside our body or on are skin that are part of our normal flora. However there are other bacteria that will cause illness and are pathogenic. ...Read more

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Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Does handwashing with soap and water work better than hand sanitizer?

Depends: I think both are adequate as long as they are done correctly.
I am not sure there has been a lot of studies in this area but I do know that soap and water is better for one particular bacteria called C. dificile-
the main things are time and contact so that the whole hand gets covered and the rubbing helps get bacteria off the hands ...Read more

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Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Does alcohol-based hand sanitizer destroy the uv protection on sunglasses?

Sanitize: Yes-- it can, depending on the coating type-- a better choice is a microfiber cloth. ...Read more

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Will I get infection from hand sanitizer being on my bottom? On the road spring break :{}

Will I get infection from hand sanitizer being on my bottom? On the road spring break :{}

What?: You have hand sanitizer on your bottom? Why? In general, i would avoid application of anything (except soap/water) to the genital area. However, we will need more information in order to answer you. ...Read more

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What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

What works better for cleaning hands, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizer?

To actually wash : Stuff off of hands- soap and water. The hand sanitizer just kills germs - it isn't designed for removing gunk off of hands. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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