Have non-alcohol-based hand sanitizers been popular in the past as well?
More than a decade ago in 2010, alcohol-free hand sanitizers and disinfectants started gaining a significant portion of the market share. The rise in popularity of such products was based on numerous reasons. Academic and research studies were continuously pointing towards the many adverse effects of alcohol-based sanitizers. In contrast, hand sanitizers based on plant products were attracting attention on account of being equally effective as alcohol-based sanitizers while being a safer and environmentally friendlier option.
Why has safety been overlooked?
A major shift was being witnessed a decade back away from the use of alcohol-based sanitizer products. However, the emergence of the covid-19 pandemic led to an increase in the use of alcoholic-based sanitizers. The pandemic had unleashed a dilemma for many people who in a bid to stay safe overlooked the possible repercussions of using alcohol-based sanitizers, especially in the longer run. The many disadvantages of such products were not highlighted as governments and international health organizations continue working towards making the world Covid free.
The world looks for alternatives as the public becomes accustomed to the pandemic
Now since much of the hype around the pandemic seems to be settling down or as it becomes an integral part of our society and lives, the debate for alternatives is increasing. Furthermore, alcohol-based sanitizers have become a hot commodity which has resulted in frequent shortages in the past and the same may materialize in the future. Hence, a range of medical products must be explored keeping in mind the long-term safety of such products.
A recent study supports the use of alcohol-free hand sanitizers
A new study conducted by Brigham Young University has surfaced. Published in The Journal of Hospital Infection, the study reveals that alcohol-free hand sanitizers are effective like alcohol-based products in protecting from covid-19. With the same level of effectiveness being demonstrated by such alternatives, the next aspect of paramount importance is of course the safety.
Is it worth continuing with alcohol-based hand sanitizers?
Are the international organizations disregarding the threat posed by alcohol-based products for immediate gains?
As pointed above, the threat lurking around the corner due to the pandemic has resulted in relevant healthcare organizations ignoring the disadvantages of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. With no medication existing to date to cure Covid-19 and the infection increasing rapidly, the WHO and other related organizations have recommended alcohol-based hand sanitizers for frequent use. However, in doing so, such organizations have overlooked the long-term consequences of using such products.
Why use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer must be replaced with a safer alternative
Here is a look at how alcohol-based hand sanitizer products can prove detrimental to your health. However, an important point that needs to be made clear is that such products usually have at least 60% alcohol content. Though such products may serve as a great disinfecting agent, alcohol in such a heavy concentration may produce adverse effects on the human body.
Using such products, in the long run, means your skin is exposed to alcohol and other ingredients like chlorhexidine, chloroxylenol, and triclosan. Its excessive use may cause your skin to lose its natural oil. With the natural moisture barrier protecting your skin eroded, your skin will become vulnerable to bacterial attack.
Alcohol-based hand sanitizers typically contain ethanol, isopropyl, and n-propanol, which may harm your skin causing both dry skin and damage to skin cells. It increases the risk of contracting dermatitis.
Decreased antibiotic resistance
Hand sanitizers made up of alcohol contain an ingredient known as triclosan. This ingredient ensures the development of bacteria for antibiotic resistance. In case of excessive use of this ingredient, it may result in different pathogens and bacteria forming a resistance to antibiotics. It will increase your susceptibility to infections.
Weakening of the immune system
It may come as a surprise but having remained exposed to a cleaner environment in early life makes your immune system weaker as you age. The issue of importance here is that high levels of triclosan may put children and teens at risk of contracting hay fever besides making them vulnerable to allergies.
What is Mentis Company doing to keep the public safer in the long run?
The Mentis Company has come up with a clean hand sanitizer for the population. Being the first company to launch an oxygen-infused multi-purpose sanitizer and disinfectant, its approach is based on using a unique blend of stabilized Hypochlorous Acid, nano colloidal silver, and oxygen.
The above product has many advantages and it has been summarized in one short paragraph to make it easier for the reader.
This is a safe product that contains a non-flammable formula which means it does not pose the risk of catching fire. It also absolves you of the threat of alcohol consumption which may result in poisoning. It does not dry your skin like alcohol-based products. It also kills 99.99% of the germs and is as effective in protecting from Covid-19 as other alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
Reintroducing alcohol-free sanitizers will help overcome shortages. It will also reduce the chances of people buying counterfeit products that have emerged in the market owing to a shortfall in supply of the genuine hand sanitizers. Furthermore, products such as the one being introduced by Mentis Company will help avoid the pitfalls encountered by using alcohol-based sanitizers in the longer run.