Hand sanitizers were developed for use after washing hands or for those
times when soap and water are not available. They are gels that contain
alcohol in order to kill the germs present on the skin. The alcohol
works immediately and effectively in order to kill bacteria and most
viruses. Alcohol can be very drying to the skin, so most brands of
sanitizers also contain a moisturizer
to minimize skin dryness and irritation.
- Hand sanitizers are convenient, portable, easy to use and not time consuming.
studies have concluded that the risk of spreading gastrointestinal
(stomach) and respiratory infection is decreased among families who use
hand sanitizers.• Commercially prepared hand sanitizers contain ingredients that help prevent skin dryness. Using these products can result in less skin dryness and irritation than hand-washing.
How much should you use?
use hand sanitizers effectively, place a small amount, the size of your
thumbnail, on the palm of your hand and rub it over your entire hand,
including in your nailbeds.