Obviously, disinfectants have become inevitable in our safety kits. Especially for travelers, disinfectants are helpful when washing with soap and water becomes impossible. But are these hand sanitizers really harmful? Do disinfectants carry carcinogenic ingredients?
The myth of disinfectants and cancer
Although most people worry about the consequences of the long-term effects of alcoholic hands Disinfectant, Indian scientist’s response to Covid-19 Rohini Karandikar, member of the Hoaxbusting team, said the products proved to contain no ingredients that could cause cancer.
Although not as effective as soap and water formulas, hand disinfectants with an alcohol content of at least 60% are very effective at killing bacteria. Therefore, if your hands are not covered by visible dirt or grease, it can provide a convenient way to clean soap and water on your hands.
In addition to alcohol, disinfectants also contain water, spices and glycerin. Other non-alcoholic hand disinfectants also contain an antibiotic compound called triclosan or triclocarban, which can also be found in soap and even toothpaste. These products are usually marked with antibacterial, antibacterial or antiseptic soap.
Most researchers believe that disinfectants will not cause cancer. The reason for this probe may be the drying caused by using these products.
Dry after use
As mentioned earlier, the disinfectant contains alcohol. Alcohol usually has a bactericidal effect; therefore, it can also deprive the skin of good bacteria, Karandikar explained. Our skin is home to many microorganisms, which contain good bacteria that can help protect them from damage. Killing these bacteria can cause skin irritation, which can lead to dry skin.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out: “The quick-acting alcohol-based hand sanitizer can significantly reduce the number of bacteria on the skin.”
At the same time, some studies have suggested the toxicity of chemicals used in perfumes in disinfectants. There is no need for the company to disclose the ingredients that make up its secret odor, so we are still the most unknown to its compounds.
Will prolonged use of hand disinfectant cause cancer? Rohini Karandikar (@rohinimd25), Indian scientists’ response to COVID-19 (@IndSciCOVID) Tell us this is #FakeNews. There is no evidence that the ingredients in the hand sanitizer are carcinogenic. #BOOMFactCheck pic.twitter.com/Hm8oM4XTkV
-BOOM Live (@boomlive_in) June 2, 2020