Friday, December 16, 2011

HAND SANITIZER :GOOD OR BAD?

It seems, no matter where we go – a squirt here, a squirt there – we bath our hands in “hand sanitizer”. Several years ago they were non-existent, and now they’re everywhere – gyms, restaurants, stores. You name it, they have it.

There are some risks, however

1. They cut down on the exposure of our immune system. Our immune system pours out antibodies (like antibiotics) in response to contact to germs; no germs – no exercise.

2. They are NO replacement for the time-honored use of good ole' soap and water.

3. They have high concentrations of alcohol which removes skin oils from our skin.

4. They can give you a false sense of security.


I can tell you, after three decades as a practicing Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon, your best protection is a vigorous hand washing with soap and water.

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