Your Good Health: Seborrheic dermatitis triggered by stress, not hand sanitizer use

dr_keith_roach_with_bkg.jpgDear Dr. Roach: Like everyone, I have been using a lot of hand sanitizer and a lot of disinfecting wipes throughout the day. Do these sanitizing products get absorbed through the skin and build up in our bodies? I ask because I have come down with a difficult case of seborrheic dermatitis on my face, though I don’t use any of these products on my face. My facial skin has always been hypersensitive, so I was thinking, if this is my weak spot, maybe the ill effects of the sanitizers and disinfecting wipes would show up there.

A.H.

Hand sanitizers use alcohol to kill bacteria and disable viruses. The alcohols used in approved sanitizers are not well absorbed through the skin, but if they were, your body is able to metabolize the small amounts that come through.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition. Although its cause is not well-understood,

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UW Health donates child care equipment, hand sanitizer to community groups

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health has donated childcare equipment that was used from the temporary childcare center it supported with UnityPoint Health-Meriter and Epic Systems Corp.

A release said they’ve donated 35 beds and 50 mattresses to YWCA; four strollers, four highchairs, 16 pack and plays and baby/child safety products to Today Not Tomorrow; two car seats to Meadowood Health Partnership; and four children’s tables and 16 children’s chairs to One City Schools. They will also donate seven toddler tables and 39 toddler chairs will also be donated.

UW Health has also donated 282 gallons of hand sanitizer over the past several weeks. Recipients include the Ho-Chunk Nation, Latino Health Council, Porchlight Inc., Foundation for Black Women’s Wellness, Hmong Institute, Meadowood Health Partnership and Sauk Prairie Healthcare. Sauk Prairie gave sanitizer to local schools and long-term care

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Hand Sanitizers Packed Like Food And Beverage Pouches Recalled Over Safety Concerns

KEY POINTS

  • A company voluntarily recalled hand sanitizers that resembled food and beverage pouches
  • The pouches also had children’s characters on them
  • Ingesting hand sanitizer is not safe, especially for children
  • The confusing packaging could lead to accidental hand sanitizer ingestion

A company has voluntarily recalled several of its hand sanitizer products with packages that look rather like food or drink pouches. Such products may lead to accidental ingestion, which is potentially harmful to health.

On Oct. 2, the FDA released a company announcement from Ashtel Studios voluntarily recalling several 25-milliliter containers of hand sanitizers that are packaged in what looks like food or beverage pouches and, even have children’s characters displayed on them.

The recall affects the following products, all of which are packaged in 25 ml pouches:

  • PAW Patrol Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-042-01 )
  • JoJo Siwa Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-044-01 )
  • Hot Wheels Hand Sanitizer (NDC 70108-045-01 )
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Recalls, additions to FDA’s Do Not Use hand sanitizer list

Weakness, ‘toxic’ methanol and packaging that includes Barbie, Hot Wheels and Minions put 14 hand sanitizers on FDA’s Do Not Use list over the last two and a half weeks.

Two hand sanitizers on the list have been recalled over the last week.

The FDA’s list started in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic with hand sanitizers from Mexico that tested positive for methanol, which the FDA terms as “toxic” if either ingested or rubbed into the skin, or were believed to be made in the same facility as those with methanol.

Now, it includes hand sanitizers from numerous countries that test as being “subpotent” (too weak) and having 1-propanol or being believed to be made in the same place as those hand sanitizers.

Or having Paw Patrol packaging.

Updates to the Do Not Use list

The FDA said C&G Laboratorios’ Hand Sanitizer Disinfectant Gel tested positive for methanol,

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Mental health resources to use if you are in crisis or just need a helping hand

Bookmark this list of local and national resources to help get the support you need for yourself, your friends, or your family. Sponsored by Premera

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You are not alone! The team at Premera Blue Cross compiled this comprehensive list of local and national crisis and mental health resources to help you get whatever kind of support you need starting today. The volunteers and organizations on this list are there to help you when you call. They WANT you to call. Reach out for yourself, your friends, and your family when you need a helping hand. We all need help and support from time to time!  

Crisis Lines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-TALK (8255) – TTY: 800-799-4889

SAMHSA National Helpline (Treatment Referral Routing Service) Substance Abuse and Mental Health

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ONE Illness Away From Poverty – Help Is at Hand

Healthcare is one of the basic needs of any individual. India’s constitution guarantees free healthcare for all its citizens. However in practice the private healthcare sector is attending to the majority of healthcare in India and most healthcare expenses are borne by the individuals.

According to a survey, more than half of India’s population do not obtain essential health services provided by the government and each year lakhs of people pay for healthcare out of their own pockets. These families are just one illness away from poverty!

Indians are visiting hospitals in higher numbers than at any time in the past – and visiting them more often. What’s good for their health, though, isn’t necessarily good for their wallets, with healthcare costs rising exponentially in the last decade.

Healthcare and social status:

In 2014, according to the latest NSSO (National Sample Survey Office – Statistics dept) report, 44 out of … Read More

Important Facts About Osteopathic Hand Exercises

When osteopathy was first developed by Dr. Still in the mid-1800s, traditional allopathic medicine was still in its infancy. There were very few drugs available and the relationship of germs to disease was not yet established. In fact, the cellular structure of the body was not accepted and the nature of the immune system was not known. The development of osteopathy in this environment was a phenomenal medical breakthrough in the process of helping the body to heal itself.

While both chiropractic and osteopathy include techniques for correcting abnormal conditions of the musculoskeletal system, osteopaths go a step further. In addition to treating the joints, doctors of osteopathy also include the adjacent muscles and ligaments. Osteopathic doctors believe that their practice is more concerned with the total region of the spine rather than the neck region and rely more on the sense of touch than x-ray.

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Hand Massage Therapy – Better Health in the Palm of Your Hand

Some may consider the practice of hand massage therapy as a new way to improve circulation and encourage your body to self-heal. But hand massages have been used as far back as classic Chinese and ancient Egyptian times. Apart from our face, our hands are often the most noticed part of our body, which is why we care so much about how they look. You’ve probably met someone who looks very youthful in their face, while their hands reveal their true age.

The theory of hand massage – that every part of one’s body can be mapped on a person’s hand – came by way of a Korean doctor who specialized in acupuncture. The acupuncture method that he developed led to the discovery of today’s traditional hand therapy.

During a massage, endorphins are released into the system to balance our body and reduce stress. So, while a hand massage feels … Read More