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Looking after your hands

 

We’ve all learned over the last 18 months just how essential handwashing is when it comes to reducing the spread of infection and keeping yourself and others safe.

Even something as basic as entering a shop now requires a squirt of hand sanitiser.

Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, over a single day you could end up washing and sanitising your hands on more than a dozen occasions.

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The downsides

 

While this heightened state of hygiene is welcome, it can have some downsides for the state of your hands.

Now that we’re all washing our hands so much more than we used to, it can lead to dryness and some associated pain.

That brings symptoms of dermatitis, which can lead to dry, chapped and itchy hands, and perhaps even some swelling.

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Can you have the best of both worlds?

 

These symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable.

The obvious temptation is then to stop washing your hands so much, but we know that can have a far greater negative impact when it comes to the spread of Covid-19.

Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to ensure maximum hand hygiene and a reduction in irritating side-effects go hand-in-hand.

  • When washing your hands, make sure you work on the whole area, including between the fingers, to ensure an even spread of the soap you’re using.
  • Before applying soap always wet your hands first.

  • After drying your hands, apply some fragrance-free moisturiser.

  • Try to wear gloves while undertaking household chores like washing the dishes or cleaning surfaces.

And if you’re experiencing more discomfort, you should avoid tasks that place unnecessary strain on your hands like gardening or washing the car.

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What if my hands are still sore?

 

In our Rightdose shop, we have creams and treatments available which can help ease the effects of dermatitis.

It can be easy to forget just how important our hands are for so many everyday tasks.

They deserve to be looked after as well as everything else.

While keeping them clean with soap and sanitiser will continue to be an essential tool in the fight against coronavirus, don’t forget to keep your hands moisturised and healthy too - something that will be of benefit now and in the future.

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