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Washing Your Hands

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Video Transcript:

So here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist.

So these guys, they’re really important not only for hitchhiking but also for doing absolutely everything we need to do. And if you think about it, your hands come into contact with all sorts of stuff all day long. And so they tend to get a lot of rashes. Now the vast majority of rashes that I see, especially in Colorado are from dry skin. So people are washing their hands too much. And whether that washing is after the bathroom or just washing all day long, or whether it’s washing dishes, or cleaning the house, you name it. Any sort of cleaning or washing seems to be one of the biggest problems with hands, and getting them red and irritated.

Tips for washing your hands

So number one, wash your hands when you need to. All right? So if you can see dirt on them, use soap and water, then pat dry, and then put a moisturizer on. But if you can’t see dirt on your hands, then use the waterless hand sanitizers, because they sanitize your hands better, and they don’t dry them out as much.

Tip number two is please use a good moisturizer, especially in winter when the air is very dry. And a good moisturizer, I really like the CeraVe creams or the VANA creams and will list those in this video. And multiple, multiple times a day, please use those.

Tip number three, please wear the big dishwashing gloves when you’re washing dishes, or when you’re cleaning the house or using harsh chemicals. Your hands don’t need to come in contact with that stuff. And the more you can create a barrier, i.e. with the gloves then the better your hands will do.

And then tip number four, if you still can’t figure it out, if you’re still washing your hands appropriately using the waterless hand sanitizers when necessary, using the dish gloves when cleaning and washing dishes and you still can’t figure it out, then do a journal. Get a piece of paper and write everything that your hands come in contact with that day and see if you can figure it out. Perhaps it’s something at work, perhaps just a certain chemical or a certain lotion or a certain, you know, I don’t know. But you will if you do the drill, and then all you have to do is stay away from it.

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