What are the management options for sanitizer-led skin allergy
If you are allergic to hand sanitizer, you can follow the steps given below to avoid inflammation from taking place:
- Washing and cleaning: If you notice severe symptoms like persistent skin rashes, the first thing to do is wash the area with water and soap. It is recommended to use a mild soap that is tried and tested by you and wash only with cold water3.
- Dipping or cool compress: You can also use a cold compress to ease the inflammation in the affected area3.
- Allergy medication: You could also consider using an oral like Clarityn® to help relieve the itchy skin rash.
- Moisturising: Lack of moisture could also be one of the reasons for your dry, itchy skin. Use a gentle moisturiser to hydrate your skin.
How to avoid this skin allergy in the long run?
If you notice a recurring skin allergy due to regular usage of a hand sanitizer, it is recommended to switch to a different brand of sanitizer. Alternatively, you can also use hand soaps and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds on each side, as recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)4.
What can be done about vaccine-led skin allergy?
Vaccine irritation or swelling develops at the vaccination site anywhere between a few days to a week after you receive a dose. This symptom often settles by itself within a few days after appearing. According to the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), the most commonly reported adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccines among Singaporeans is rashes. Other effects reported also include () and itchy skin. If you notice skin irritation, rashes, or skin allergy and if it persists beyond two days, it is recommended to visit a doctor⁵.
Keeping safe in “the new normal” is of paramount importance. Using face masks and hand sanitizers are inevitably part of our lives as we move into a state of endemicity, therefore it’s imperative that we make it seamless for us and our loved ones to remain protected at all times.