Excessive Use Of Sanitizers Can Lead To Hand Dermatitis: Rep
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Hand sanitizers have irrefutably become the most important thing in our lives to protect ourselves during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Citing medical reports, alcohol-based sanitizers are considered effective in eliminating the spread of disease. However, there have been claims that excessive usage of the same has led to severe skin problems like hand dermatitis.

People have also encountered skin issues like severe dryness, burning, and redness of the skin along with cracked or bleeding skin.

Dr B.L. Jangid, Dermatologists & Hair Transplant Surgeon, SkinQure Clinic, New Delhi, shares some pointers to be kept in mind while using hand sanitizers:

• Limited usage is always the best option

If used in a limited amount, it can be really fruitful in dealing with germs and bacteria. But if not, it can easily damage your skin, leading to the occurrence of hand dermatitis.

• Unwanted chemical contamination in hand sanitizers

The texture of skin depends from person to person, which is why the chemical ingredients present in hand sanitizers can accordingly be useful or even dreadful at times.

• Moisturising creams & healing ointment: Saviours from hand dermatitis

As a few home remedies, include using good moisturisers along with healing ointments. You can also opt for healing moisturisers containing aquaporin at night, wearing gloves overnight to heal the cracks on your skin.

In case you're suffering from eczema or dry skin, use of a moisturiser is an essential post-hand sanitisation to avoid any sort of major skin-based problems like hand dermatitis.

• Soap & Water: An evergreen combination

Reportedly, washing your hands with soap and water preferred to the use of hand sanitizers. Try using hand sanitizer only when there are no other options. Otherwise, antiseptic soap can do the trick along with wet wipes in situations where there's no running water and soap.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are solely of the author (Dr Jangid) and PlexusMD does not necessarily subscribe to it. The article here is not exhaustive and does not constitute medical advice.

Source: https://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/too-much-hand-sanitiser-can-lead-to-severe-hand-dermatitis/627248
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