Print Hand sanitizers not to be confused with antibacterial soaps, see inset below are ubiquitous.
As a side note, in typing out this article, this writer noticed a nearly-forgotten about small pump of generic hand sanitizer sitting on the desk…seriously. On the surface it makes sense. Nobody wants germs anywhere near them. The product is usually quite cheap, we stay healthy, and all is good.
The FDA is solely responsible for regulating a multitude of products that affect public health. This organization also approves or denies all kinds of consumable products, from animal feed to tobacco.
In April ofthe FDA required companies that produced hand soap and alcohol-based sanitizers to produce a multitude of safety data. Here are some of the requirements specified by the FDA of sanitizer producers: All three of these demands from the FDA are serious causes for concern. Understandably, many pregnant women are concerned; although there is not yet sufficient evidence that hand sanitizer is particularly harmful to this demographic.
The FDA is concerned that triclosan — an ingredient in some hand sanitizers — may have hormonal effects. Specifically, that it may alter the thyroid and reproductive systems of newborns.
Needless to say, these requirements from the FDA has casted a leery eye upon the multi-billion dollar industry. It turns out that there are other and less serious ways that hand sanitizer may be harmful. It harms our skin Sanitizing products contain mostly alcohol, which is known for having a drying effect.
There are other ingredients, such as glycol and acetate, that can further damage our skin. In other words, bacteria have the ability to evolve just like everything else; the more that we expose certain bacteria to the same elements, the higher chance that the element will have a diminished effect.
While certainly not a mind-boggling number when compared to the overall population of the United States, the CDC and other interested groups want to counteract this trend by minimizing any unnecessary risk.
This includes allowing bacteria to develop resistant qualities.
It contains unknown and potentially dangerous chemicals As stated, sanitizers contain mostly alcohol or triclosan, but there are other chemicals that are included in the product as well.
However, these preservatives are absorbed into our skin each time that we use the product. Two preservatives — phthalates and parabens — can potentially disrupt hormonal production.
Not to mention, there are some companies that do not detail what ingredients are contained. In doing so, the skin becomes vulnerable to potentially damaging chemicals.
One such chemical is called Bisphenol A, which can cause damage to the endocrine system. In a study at the University of Missouri, researchers used thermal receipt paper — the kind many cash registers use — to demonstrate the threat.
Thermal receipt paper also contains high levels of BPA. Researchers discovered that in subjects that used sanitizer before touching the paper, the absorption of BPA increased by over a hundred times. Soap and water work almost as well Yes, regular soap and water may work just as well in many cases.
In fact, most experts recommend using soap and water unless it is more beneficial to use sanitizer, such as in a healthcare setting. The FDA even takes this recommendation further, advising people to use regular soap instead of antibacterial soap, claiming there is not much of a difference.
Further, antibacterial soap can aid in the bacteria developing resistance. When we shop for soap, we can stay away from the antibacterial type. And we should continue to do the best thing for humanity, and not give bacteria the opportunity to develop resistance to our defenses!
Stay healthy, fellow readers!Does not clean all residue: After using a hand sanitizer you might feel that your hands are clean, but it does not take off all the residue.
Things like fats and sugar deposits do not get affected or cleaned without the use of soap. So using it as a method to clean your hands after eating that yummy cheese popcorn will do you no good. I don't use hand sanitizer – here is why you shouldn't either There was a time when people simply washed their hands after doing something that made their hands really dirty.
We now live in a time where we reach for hand sanitizer constantly.
When using hand sanitizer, apply the product to the palm of one hand (read the label to learn the correct amount) and rub the product all over the surfaces of your hands until your hands are dry. people may not use a large enough volume of the sanitizers or may wipe it off before it has dried controlled trial of a multifaceted.
Hand sanitizer bottles come in a variety of volumes, but many are commonly 2 fluid ounces (59 mL). If people used 3 mL each time, then the bottle would run out on the 20th application. If people used 3 mL each time, then the bottle would run out on the 20th application. How do you use a hand sanitizer?
A common mistake is not using enough. Apply the product (at least a dime-size amount) to the palm of one hand and then rub your hands together, covering all surfaces of both hands, including between your fingers and up around your fingertips and nails.
[Update: Many hand sanitizers, it has been rightly pointed out to us by the makers of Purell, are alcohol based and have not been named as a cause of bacterial resistance; those of documented.