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How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

How effective are alcohol-based hand sanitizers or benzalkonium chloride sanitizing wipes at killing cold germs?

100%: Both are 100% effective if used properly: make sure all areas are wiped (e.g., back and front of hands, fingertips, under the nails, etc) and keep rubbing until the alcohol or moisture from the wipes has dried. No cold viruses can survive such treatment. Soap and water also works! ...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.

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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How to clean up Urine spill properly? It's a tiny puddle size, but how do I clean? Just with dry paper? Wet wipes? Sanitizer? Rubbing Alcohol?

How to clean up Urine spill properly?

It's a tiny puddle size, but how do I clean? Just with dry paper? Wet wipes? Sanitizer? Rubbing Alcohol?

Urine: Healthy urine is sterile and acidic usually. Wiping with a cloth and water should be sufficient. Actually very few diseases are transmitted by urine. ...Read more

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I know this is the weirdest question ever but... Can someone use hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol to wipe themselves with after a bowel movement ?

I know this is the weirdest question ever but... Can someone use hand sanitizer with 70% ethyl alcohol to wipe themselves with after a bowel movement ?

Yes and no: Well, yes, you can use it in that area. However, you may not like how the area feels after you do it. Not sure what you are trying to treat but there is likely a much more humane way of treating yourself. ...Read more

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Sanitizer makes my skin rough . How do I know if also the cause of this break out?

Sanitizer makes my skin rough . How do I know if also the cause of this break out?

Sanitizer: Stop using the sanitizer and if your skin improves then the problems are most likely due to the sanitizer. You can then add the sanitizer back and if your skin breaks out you will know that the skin problems are caused by the sanitizer. ...Read more

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Does rubbing alcohol leave behind any residue after it evaporates? I ask this because i'm considering using it to sanitize certain utensils.

Does rubbing alcohol leave behind any residue after it evaporates? I ask this because i'm considering using it to sanitize certain utensils.

No: Check label. It should only contain isopropyl alcohol and water--both evaporate. If colored / scented / denatured (common with ethanol), then there is 'something' else present, which may or may not evaporate. ...Read more

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Why do I feel the need to sanitize everything? Is this ocd?

Why do I feel the need to sanitize everything? Is this ocd?

OCD: Ocd is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts that reoccur & consume daily functioning, along with compulsive rituals which are repeated acts that also interfere with daily functioning. ...Read more

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How should food be preserved, sanitized, or disinfected from shigella?

How should food be preserved, sanitized, or disinfected from shigella?

Food safety: If you live in or are traveling in endemic areas, make sure your hot food is hot and peel fresh fruits and vegetables. There is good information in the travel section of the cdc website. ...Read more

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How can I sanitize my makeup brushes?

How can I sanitize my makeup brushes?

Medical Questions: I am sorry this question is not being answered, but it may not be in the scope of our medical practice. I have no recommendations about how you keep these items clean. But, i would guess warm water and some soap of some kind. Your girlfriends may have some tricks to take home with you. ...Read more