The flip side of frequent sanitising and hand washing

South African Family Practice

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Title The flip side of frequent sanitising and hand washing
Creator Makhakhe, Lehlohonolo
Subject Dermatology hand washing; xerosis; sanitiser; contact dermatitis; COVID-19
Description The stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the epidermis. It acts as an interface with the external environment and functions as a barrier that prevents microorganisms and allergens from penetrating the skin, while preventing bodily fluids, electrolytes and proteins from being lost in a process aimed at maintaining homeostasis. With the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, there has been an increase in hygiene practice, particularly hand washing and the use of hand sanitisers. These practices have undoubtedly assisted a great deal in combatting the rate of transmission and contributed immensely to saving lives. However, repeated hand washing and the use of sanitisers have both been linked with marked skin dryness and contact dermatitis. This especially holds true when the above-mentioned practices are carried out in the absence of intermittent hand moisturiser usage.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor The South African Institute of Dermatology
Date 2023-01-11
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/safp.v65i1.5595
Source South African Family Practice; Vol 65, No 1 (2023): Part 1; 4 pages 2078-6204 2078-6190
Language eng
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Coverage Africa, South Africa N/A Occupational dermatology
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Lehlohonolo Makhakhe