Hold it - wipe it - squeeze it - rub it. This hand sanitizer is boogie. Okay, so maybe I won't try and turn it into a craze for the next Gangnam style dance. However, I think it already is. Hand sanitizing is a popular practice and is available at grocery cart stations, banks, schools and other public places where your hand could potentially touch where someone else has - or already has - a hand. And you have no idea where those hands were first. Just the idea catches you the nearest available sanitizer, which may very well be in your pocket, jacket or purse.
Hand sanitizers are used to prevent pathogens, virus bugs and bacteria from sneezing them, wheezing and sometimes, attacks on us humans and our children. Good or bad, we are a germ-free society. Awareness of disease, disease, and even death in microorganisms is one of the more beneficial discoveries in medicine. Some have questions on the mind and lips - have we taken it too far?
Here's the opinion - yes we have. But I say this mostly because germophobia can be unhealthy, both physically and emotionally, as shown by the growth and stress of severely lethal antibiotic resistant bacteria, which some people put themselves through to avoid germs. Are - the constant stress of disinfecting every inch of the atmosphere there. Awareness is good, there is no paranoia to the extent of exaggeration. In relation to hand sanitizer, there is both good and bad.
One of the arguments against using hand sanitizers is that their use can prevent the building of adaptive immunity in children. Adaptive immunity is the function of the immune system that creates a defense against parasitic microorganisms that have already infected the body. In other words, it is good that your children fall ill. It protects them later in life.
It is a matter of debate whether using hand sanitizer has a strong negative effect on adaptive immunity. Research suggests that the use of hand sanitizer cuts down on sick days taken by schoolchildren, but it is unclear whether the disease cuts the amount of children's illness throughout childhood.
Triclosan. bad. It is an antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal used in many consumer products, including hand sanitizers. There is no complete evidence that triclosan is safe for use by humans. According to the FDA website "The FDA has conducted several scientific studies since last reviewing this ingredient. Animal studies have shown that triclosan regulates the regulation of hormones. However, data showing effects in animals have always been shown in humans Do not predict the effect. Other studies in bacteria have raised the possibility that triclosan contributes to making bacteria resistant to antibiotics. "
The good thing is, triclosan is not necessary even in a hand sanitizer. The main ingredient in the most effective hand sanitizer is alcohol. The content must be at least 60% ethanol (alcohol) for the product to be 99% effective.
alcohol. good or bad?
Pure ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is, dibetopolynically, a better alternative than isopropyl alcohol (isopropanol). Issues arising with either of these alcoholics are questions of antibiotic resistance and a concern that microbiomes (beneficial microorganisms on the skin) may be affected. There seems to be no resistance developed by alcohol to bacteria - thus there are no alcohol resistant bacteria as there are antibiotic resistant bacteria.
The effect that alcohol has on the skin is not certain. Concern is similar to antibiotics and their disruptive effects on intestinal flora. The jury is still out on this. I recommend taking precautions and in the direction of limiting, or no use of sanitizer, so that the natural flora of the skin is not compromised.
Now, let us monitor the obsessive hand. Alcohol can dry out the skin and interact with the lipid barrier - the protective compound layer - of the skin, which provides a barrier and partial immunity to the skin. One report showed no breakdown of the lipid barrier with health professionals using alcohol-based sanitizers when the sanitizer also included moisturizer. Many sanitizers contain aloe or glycerin which will count as a moisturizer.
I caution with the continued use of alcohol sanitizers and highly recommend, if asked for sanitizing, using a hand cream periodically throughout the day that contains lipids similar to the skin barrier.
In the end I must say that you should avoid doing anything with triclosan in it. Wash your hands frequently - although this can cause more irritation on the skin than an alcohol sanitizer if the soaps are too harsh, which most are. If you must use an ethanol-based alcohol sanitizer, do so only when necessary. Stop being crazy and a germ, this can cause unnecessary stress.
The best advice is to help regain your immune system and your resistance to a healthy diet, supplements, adequate sleep, de-stressing and a few daily drops of essential oil such as diluted with massage oil and rubbed across the chest. . Knees and feet.
In my next article I will provide some very effective options to most hand sanitizers. Of course they will include well known antibacterial essential oils.
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