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Hand sanitation is a crucial part of infection control strategies, and regular hand washing, for at least 20 seconds is recommended. Although hand washing is preferable, hand sanitisers can also be used to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading.
Repeated exposure to water and use of soap, alcohol hand gel, and other detergents can cause dry skin, and what is known as irritant contact dermatitis – a form of eczema. Irritant contact dermatitis can cause the skin to itch, become sore and red, and develop small blisters or painful cracks (fissures).
If you have severe hand dermatitis or suspect an infection (for example, your skin is oozing) you may need to see your GP.
Here are some tips on minimising the impact of frequent hand washing on the skin:
If you have severe hand dermatitis or suspect an infection (for example, your skin is oozing) you may need to see your GP. You may need prescription treatments to reduce inflammation.
Source: British Association of Dermatologists Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Statement on dry skin and frequent hand washing to reduce Covid-19 risk