Author: Suhein Beck
Jan 26, 2016
70% suffering from eczema-type symptoms specifically hand dermatitis
46% had open-sores with skin lesions
1 in 4 Medical Practitioners were allergic to latex gloves
With the continued increase usage of Anti-Bacterial Soaps, there's a price to be paid. Unfortunately, it means these nurses develop the painful, and sometimes debilitating symptoms of Eczema and begin a vicious cycle of medications that suppress their immune systems.
They are more at risk because once the skin membrane dries, cracks and opens up, they are more susceptible to bacteria and infections creeping in than anyone else on the front lines.
With their immune systems compromised, we all suffer. An alternative is to switch back to warm water and soap. The FDA has already published their own concerns and continued observance of Anti-Bacterial Soap Studies which prove no actual benefit of one system over another. It falls back on efficiency of time management that hospitals push to their staff.
However the long-term cost of substituting a nurse for extended sick time off and eventually replacing due to disability will cost more in money and quality of care for patients. The vicious cycle extends and backfires on all of us.
Natural cleansing alternatives DO exist! Tea Tree oil, Oregano Oil combined with certain Aloe Vera gels can be adjusted to sub in, however, once Contact dermatitis sets in - even the most gentle, natural cleansers - even JUST WATER become painful to the slightest exposure. There is a point of no return and once that threshold is reached it can take months and years of re-training skin to strengthen its own membrane and pH rebalancing mechanisms.
Using natural emollients such as ELAJ Eczema Therapy has shown to temporarily help decrease overall symptoms of Eczema. Especially when applied before, during and after a shift.
Let the healing begin...