Hand disinfection agents should be used cautiously because apart from removing pathogenic bacteria, they remove good ones that protect our body.
The scientists therefore say that we should not exaggerate with their use only because somebody did it beside us. For as potentially dangerous bacteria kill, disinfectant hands also change good batteries on the skin.
“One aspect of hand disinfection that is often overlooked is how they affect our body,” says microbiologist Dr. Jonathan Eisen.
Although we can’t see it, millions of bacteria are on our hands, on the skin and in the intestines. Recently scientists started to understand that each person has a certain balance of colonies of bacteria that keep the body healthy. And when we use dessifiers, we try to kill the bacteria that is on our hands, which means both good and bad.
Other reason why disinfectants should be used is moderate and the occurrence of resistance. Even if we just want to clean our hands while we are eating a sandwich, it can come back to us as a boomerang.
“Although they do not contain standard antibiotics, when bacteria become resistant to some of them, they are easier to resist antibiotics,” says Eisen.
The doctor recommends that these funds be used diligently and only when we were in a hospital, a doctor, or in a public transport. But if we are able to use plain soap and water, they have the advantage, because the 2009 study showed that the use of soap in the right way killed bad bacteria and viruses is just as effective.