Regarding The Benefits And Use Of Hand Sanitizers
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Hand sanitizer is a hand washing material that does not need to be rinsed with water. Hand sanitizer with alcohol active ingredients is a hand sanitizer that is useful for reducing the number of germs on the hands. The hand sanitizer used must contain at least 60% alcohol.
Hand sanitizers are only used if running water and soap are not available. Washing hands with running water and soap is the most effective way to reduce the number of germs on the hands, more effective than using hand sanitizers. The most important thing is how to properly wash your hands. If done correctly it will be very useful to break the chain of transmission of various diseases including diseases that are endemic now, namely Covid-19.
Hand sanitizers should not be used to clean hands with the following conditions:
Very dirty hands, a lot of stains on the hands or the remnants of materials such as soil, powder in the hands, paint residues, and so on.
Hand contaminated with chemicals such as pesticides, metal exposure. Hand sanitizer is not able to clean hands with these conditions. Wash your hands with running water and soap.
The advantage of a hand sanitizer is that it is practical, can be used at any time when traveling (no sink and soap), and is easy to carry anywhere. Faster hand washing time. You can learn the 6 steps of hand washing from WHO for proper hand washing practices. The latest information from the CDC suggests that when washing your hands with a hand sanitizer, hand washing steps do not need to be followed, but the important thing is that all hand sanitizer fluids are applied throughout the surface of the hand (including the back of the hand).
Disadvantages and dangers of hand sanitizers are:
When the alcohol content is high, it often causes irritation to the skin if used frequently. Signs of skin redness, peeling, dry skin, sore or itchy.
Must always be kept out of reach of children and people who have the potential to abuse alcohol in the hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizers should not be swallowed. If swallowed in large amounts (1 mouth full) can cause poisoning.
Cause stickiness in the hands after use. If used immediately to eat, it will cause a bitter taste for a while.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.