Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

Hand Washing and Eczema — March 11, 2020

Hand Washing and Eczema

Hand eczema — the hidden curse of coronavirus. All the hand washing and hand sanitizing may reduce the rate of infection, but it dries and irritates your skin.  Here are some tips to reduce the redness and peeling.

  1. Use hand cream, not lotion.
  2. Use it early and often.  Good brands are Cetaphil, CeraVe, Eucerin, and Curel.
  3. Avoid scents and perfumes as they may irritate.
  4. At night, apply a liberal coat of CeraVe healing ointment, or even plain Vaseline.
  5. If your hands become severely irritated, contact your dermatologist for short-term use of a topical steroid.
Hand Sanitizer and Coronavirus: What to Do When Your Neighbor Sneezes — March 6, 2020

Hand Sanitizer and Coronavirus: What to Do When Your Neighbor Sneezes

Coronavirus is spread primarily by droplets in the air or on surfaces. No single product can protect you absolutely. Masks are not recommended, except for infected patients and health care providers.  Hand washing and hand sanitizers are your best bet for protection. Both Purell, which contains alcohol, and Clorox wipes kill about 99% of germs. Don’t skimp—use it liberally to wipe not only hands, but surrounding surfaces. Carry individually-wrapped wipes in your purse or briefcase when away from home. Be safe and sensible.

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