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Hand infections help! seem worse when I use purell?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
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In brief: Irritant

It may be acting as an irritant try some gentle mild soap.
The tyoe of soap is unimportant its the action of the washing that is what is needed for wounds, hydrogen peroxide diluted with water may help too if there is drainage.

In brief: Irritant

It may be acting as an irritant try some gentle mild soap.
The tyoe of soap is unimportant its the action of the washing that is what is needed for wounds, hydrogen peroxide diluted with water may help too if there is drainage.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Daniel Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Purell is to prevent

Purell is used to clean the skin to prevent transmission of infections not cure them. If the infection is in the skin, cellulitis, you need antibiotics.
If the infection is deep, it is an abscess and needs to be drained and then treated with antibiotics. See a surgeon.

In brief: Purell is to prevent

Purell is used to clean the skin to prevent transmission of infections not cure them. If the infection is in the skin, cellulitis, you need antibiotics.
If the infection is deep, it is an abscess and needs to be drained and then treated with antibiotics. See a surgeon.
Dr. Daniel Mass
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