Hand Sanitizers Increase Risk of Digestion Virus Infection


Hand sanitizer infection riskWe certainly can not compare the effectiveness of  alcohol-based hand sanitizers to kill virus and bacterias compared to hand washing with soap and running water. The main function of hand sanitizers is a replacement when you can not find water and soap to clean your hand. A recent research even proves that hand sanitizers can actually increase the risk of viral infection that triggers inflammation of the digestive tract.

Many people believe that hand sanitizers has the same effect as hand washing with soap so they choose to use them and are not willing to wash their hands with soap because it is more practical. They should know that hand sanitizers are originally intended for emergency purposes and does not completely replace the function of soap.

The danger of hand sanitizers of course not as dangerous as the irrational or excessive use of antibiotics, which could lead to resistance of germs. But a new research suggests that excessive use of hand sanitizers can increase the risk of infection.

Hand sanitizers increases the risks of gastroenteritis infection. In this infection a virus called norovirus triggers inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. This infection is very easily transmitted and can trigger diarrhea, nausea and pain in the intestine.

According to Medicalnewstoday, the research was conducted at 161 health facilities and was presented at the meeting of the American College of Preventative Medicine. Employees at the facility who were studied 6 times more prefer to wash their hand with hand sanitizers rather than soap.

53 percent of the employees who used hand sanitizers more often, reported norovirus outbreaks experience. This figure is far more greater than in health facilities where the employees preferred to use soap, which is only 18 percent.

“Hand sanitizers are less optimal in controlling norovirus infection. There is no direct causal link between hand sanitizers with norovirus infection, but there is a tendency of the risk to increase,” said Dr David Blaney from the center of disease control and prevention of the United Srikat or CDC.