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Doctor insights on: Sniffing Hand Sanitizer Effects

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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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Could sniffing hand sanitizer fumes be bad for you?

Could sniffing hand sanitizer fumes be bad for you?

Hand sanitizer: Yes. Depending on the sanitizer it could be very dangerous. ...Read more

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Heart racing after sniffing hand sanitizer?

Heart racing after sniffing hand sanitizer?

Don't do it: Addiction to toxic fumes and substances found in ordinary over the counter household chemicals can be potentially lethal. Recently, I am finding many people coming to my practice asking for "prescriptions" for for example, "Rubbing Alcohol" and it is distressing to find out they do not know the potential dangers. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

Is it ok to use hand sanitizer on babies?

No: Hand sanitizer is mostly alcohol and remember babies tend to put their hand in their mouth, and they can also absorb the alcohol from thier skin. Alcohol irritates the delicate skin of babies.
In most instances soap and water will do just fine to clean little hands. If you must use it put it on your hands first and then apply to your babys hands.
Always read warning labels on any product you use! ...Read more

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Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Could I die from drinking hand sanitizer?

Yes: You could also die from drinking too much water. But the toxic material and ethyl alcohol in hand sanitizer would kill you sooner. The physical pain and discomfort for both would make it a gross and truly undesirable event. ...Read more

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Does hand sanitizer really prevent disease?

Does hand sanitizer really prevent disease?

Yes: Hospitals that have instituted hand washing protocols (mostly with sanitizers) can show lower rates of infection and also lower mortality rates. ...Read more

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Help, what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

Help, what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

Varies with brand: The material I use in the office is 65% ethyl alcohol combined with a number of agents that are also toxic to germs and act as stabilizers for the product. ...Read more

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Any ideas why (hand) sanitizer have an expiration date?

Any ideas why (hand) sanitizer have an expiration date?

Rubbing acetone: Rubbing alcohol turns into acetone over time, usually becoming ineffective after about two years from manufacture. hand sanitizer has a high concentration of alcohol. ...Read more

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Could I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

Could I use hand sanitizer instead of washing my hands?

Kills most things: Hand sanitizers will kill most common germs. However it does not kill all things. If you have been in a hospital setting or have been around very sick people, I would advise warm soap and water, washing for 30 seconds before rinsing. ...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 true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Is it true that 3 squirts of hand sanitizer can kill a child?

Ingested toxin: The hs in my office are gell forms of ethyl alcohol with a variety of additives that make them un palatable. If injested, this product could lower blood sugar in an infant but would not likely do much else. If the particular sanitizer were a form of wood alcohol (methanol) ingestion of small amounts could be deadly. Surface application of these products is benign but does dry the skin over time. ...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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Why does smelling hand sanitizer wake me up and help me focus?

Why does smelling hand sanitizer wake me up and help me focus?

Don't know...: But I wouldn't advise doing that on a regular basis. Can't imagine what harm you could be causing yourself. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

Please tell me what type of alcohol is found in hand sanitizer?

Varies with brand: The material I use in the office is 65% ethyl alcohol combined with a number of agents that are also toxic to germs and act as stabilizers for the product. ...Read more

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Is it ok to rub hand sanitizer all over my face due to shaving cuts?

Is it ok to rub hand sanitizer all over my face due to shaving cuts?

No.: Would not recommend using hand sanitizer on your face or anywhere you have open cuts or sores. Hand sanitizer contains a high percentage of alcohol which can be very irritating. Best to wash your face with a mild cleanser and use a hypoallergenic after shave lotion. ...Read more

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Is there some interaction between my jewelry and the hand sanitizer?

Is there some interaction between my jewelry and the hand sanitizer?

Yes: Hand sanitizer is mostly ethyl alcohol with occasional scent.
This can harm and stain some porous jewelery such as pearls and gemstones that are considered soft such as jade and amethyst to name a few.
Best advise, if you are going to use sanitizer avoid contact with jewelery! ...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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Is hand sanitizer safe to use around babies, even getting some on the babies?

Is hand sanitizer safe to use around babies, even getting some on the babies?

Wash your hjands: Besides alcohol, the santizers have other chemicals. Best to wash hands properly. ...Read more

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I work at a place that can get pretty dirty so I use a lot of hand sanitizer... I used an entire bottle in a few hours once. Is that ok?

Sure: Hand sanitizers are good if you can't wash your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water is just as good. You can't be too careful. ...Read more

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Can you use hand sanitizer before eating food. How much time you have to wait before touching food. Any recommendations on hand sanitizers suitable?

Can you use hand sanitizer before eating food. How much time you have to wait before touching food. Any recommendations on hand sanitizers suitable?

As soon as gone: You will feel the sanitizer disappear when used properly. Spread it over the area to be sanitized and the heat of the body/hand will evaporate the alcohol quickly so none should remain at that point. ...Read more

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Could hand sanitizer gel be used as lube?

Could hand sanitizer gel be used as lube?

I wouldn't: This would not be a good idea. The alcohol content of the sanitizer could be irritating. ...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