November 29, 2021

Soap is safer and more effective than sanitizer


new Delhi
Keeping the hand free from infection is important in preventing the corona from spreading. Washing hands with soap and water after a few intervals is most important. But with the increase of corona infection, the use of sanitizer has increased considerably. Everyone carries a sanitizer in the pocket and the use of sanitizer has increased from homes to business institutions. But according to doctors, sanitizer should be used only when soap and water are not available. Sanitizer should not be used by making a substitute of soap and water forever.

Actually, the basic concept of sanitizer is to sterilize a surface. The sanitizer would free any surface from things like viruses, bacteria, fungus. Even very fine things like DN, RN are cleared. According to Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital dermatologist Dr Kabir Sardana, limited use of sanitizer should be done, as water content of body cells dies due to excessive use. If the sanitizer is overused, it draws water, which can cause skin dryness. So glycerin is sometimes added to alcohol, so that the skin does not dry.

How long does the sanitizer effect?
The bacteria and viruses present there die along with applying the sanitizer to the hand or surface. But the effect of sanitizer lasts only for three to four minutes. After this the alcohol present in it flies away, so after using the sanitizer, as soon as you touched a surface again, you can come in contact with bacteria or viruses again.

Many skin problems can occur due to overuse
If everything benefits, then it also has some disadvantages. The same goes with the sanitizer. It works to make hands infection free, but at the same time it is not good for the skin. For those whose skin is sensitive, it can cause skin irritation, itching, rashes, cracks, etc. Use of alcohol based sanitizer is said to eliminate corona infection. But due to alcohol, the sanitizer makes the hands dry.

Overuse and strong bacteria can occur.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hand sanitizers that come with an anti-bacterial element can sometimes develop antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Therefore, in order to avoid the occurrence of such bacteria, give preference to washing hands with soap and water instead of sanitizer.

Increased risk of alcohol poisoning
If the hand sanitizer accidentally goes inside the mouth, it can cause trouble. Children are most at risk in this case. Centered hand sanitizers attract children and children go to it due to the attractive package, bright color. So keep them out of the reach of children.


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