Protect your hands from hand dermatitis and irritation with these easy steps
22 March 2020| Last updated on 7 April 2020
Prevent dry skin and irritation with these basic hand hygiene tips from the experts...
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, individuals worldwide are being encouraged to constantly practice proper hygiene etiquette when at home and if out and about.
Understandably, all that hand sanitiser and soap and water can play havoc on your skin - particularly for those individuals who may already suffer with dry and irritated skin.
To protect your hands, and your health, here are 5 top tips from Dr. Myrna El Shareef, General and Procedural Dermatologist at Mediclinic...
1. Wear the right gear
Wear task-appropriate protective gloves, preferably cotton-padded, to avoid contact with harsh chemicals or acidic foods.
2. Wash your hands without irritating them.
When washing your hands with soap and water, you should wash them with lukewarm water. Avoid using water that is too hot, which can be too irritating and strips the skin of its natural oils. Wash hands with a gentle soap for at least 20 seconds, then dry them well.
This is adequate to clean your hands from all microbes. Avoid using antibacterial soaps, as they are too irritating for the skin and do not have any added benefit.
3. Use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
Washing your hands with soap and water is the first line of defence in hand hygiene in a virus outbreak. However, when you are unable to access soap, water, and a sink, then use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Carry a small bottle in your bag or on your person at all times, and use it after coming into contact with people and surfaces.
Hand sanitisers should not replace adequate hand washing, as sanitising is less effective.
4. Moisturising your hands
Apply a moisturiser after washing your hands, and apply a moisturiser often and generously.
5. If uncertain, contact your dermatologist
If you develop a hand rash, you should consult your dermatologist to identify the cause of the rash and to receive treatment immediately. If your doctor suspects an allergic rash, patch testing may be done to identify the allergen that needs to be avoided.
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