Hand Sanitizer

I had a doctor’s appointment today. I like my doctor. She gives great care and she will spend extra time with you if your issues are complicated. The downside is that she is almost always behind. We are not talking a little behind. One can expect to wait 30-75 minutes after your appointment time.

Today, I waited, along with a family, for about an hour. We were all sitting and no one moved. At least 3 times the mother pulled out hand sanitizer for herself, her daughter and her husband. I am not quite sure why someone would need to sanitize their hands that much. What could possibly have gotten on their hands while they were sitting and not touching anything?

Besides chafing their hands, they run the risk of acquiring auto-immune disease – especially for their child. We need to be exposed to germs and bacteria so that our immune systems have something to do. Without something to do, some immune systems will start to turn on other parts of the body.

Hand sanitizer has its uses. Certainly in times of pandemics hand sanitizer is necessary to reduce the transmission of the virus. It is also very useful in hospitals for medical personnel to ensure they are not transferring germs between patients. However, I do think overuse of hand sanitizer is not good for anyone.

4 thoughts on “Hand Sanitizer

  1. Loic has learned that if he gets food on his hands and sticks them out, Tyler will lick them; he then laughs hysterically for about two minutes. I figure he is bound to get dirty at some point, why not let the dog help?! 🙂
    I agree with the hand sanitizer craze. There is a time and a place for it (I use it after I use a grocery cart, they are one of the dirtiest items every tested) but other than that I don’t really use it. Good old fashioned soap and water for us, oh and not anti bacterial soap either.
    Erika

  2. Oh crap! Thanks for this Chris. I’ll have to lay off the hand sanitizer then. I always tried to avoid anti-bacterial products for the reasons you mention, but then I got pretty paranoid during the H1N1 thing – especially after a Facebook friend told me his otherwise healthy 16-yr-old nephew was in hospital having his lungs drained because of this crazy flu. Now I’ve got mine in the car and I keep making my son use it and he gets a bit annoyed when I announce “hand san!” He will be glad you wrote this post!

  3. Thanks for the comments. Yes, Erika, I should have mentioned anti-bac soap because it is quite dangerous. The more we try and wipe germs, bacteria and viruses out the more resistant they are going to become over time. Thanks Susan. Say hi to T for me!

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