Be careful with hand sanitizers

Surely, we can't compare the effectiveness of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer to kill viruses and bacteria with handwashing with soap and running water. Actually, the main function of the hand sanitizers is as a substitute when we can't find water and soap for cleaning hands.

Hand sanitizers may increase the risk of viral infections that triggers inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.

Many people believe a hand sanitizer has the same punch to washing your hands with soap, so they prefer to use it because it's more practical. In fact, they should know a hand sanitizer is used only in an emergency and can't fully replace the function of soap.

The danger of a hand sanitizer ain't certainly as dangerous as such use of irrational, excessive antibiotics that can cause resistance to germs. However, an excessive use of hand sanitizers can increase the risk of infections.

A hand sanitizer increases the risk of gastroenteritis infection. In this infection, a virus called norovirus triggers inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. It's highly contagious and can lead to diarrhea, nausea and pain in the gut.

Hand sanitizers are less optimal in controlling norovirus infection. Indeed, there's no direct relationship between a hand sanitizer with this virus infection, but there's a trend of an increased risk when in the long run, you only use it.

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