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Alcohol Wipes

Alcohol wipes contain isopropyl alcohol, which is known to prevent the growth of bacteria on your skin. These handy wipes can be used for a variety of applications, and their compact size makes them easy to store or take with you while traveling. With so many uses, it's no surprise that you can find alcohol wipes at most drug stores to purchase. Here are some of the ways you can use alcohol wipes at home or in a medical setting.

For Cuts and Scrapes

Since isopropyl alcohol kills bacteria, it's commonly used to help prevent infections as a result of a minor cut or scrape. It's also used in the medical field where doctors and nurses use it to help prevent infection that could be caused by a needle puncture. The wipe is simply applied directly onto the skin, and it dries fairly quickly. You should not use alcohol wipes on open wounds, serious deep cuts, or burns as it could cause further irritation.

Precautions

For most, alcohol wipes are harmless, however, some people may show signs of an allergic reaction. This can include a breakout of hives, difficulty breathing, or the swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. When applying alcohol wipes to a cut, you may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation. This is normal and should dissipate in a matter of seconds. Always read the directions on the package of alcohol wipes to ensure proper application and use and throw them away in a sanitary manner when you're done using them. Never re-use alcohol wipes.

Quick Tips

Aside from its antibacterial properties, you can also use alcohol wipes for sore muscles. Simple rub the wipes over the affected, sore area. You can also purchase isopropyl alcohol separately and apply some to a cotton ball for easier application over large areas. When storing alcohol wipes, keep them at room temperature and out of direct sunlight, away from heat and moisture. Use them as needed to treat minor cuts and scrapes for a safer, infection-free home.

With alcohol wipes, you will get the correct amount of solution every time since they're already pre-packaged and usually come individually wrapped. They offer a quick, easy way to clean and sanitize and work wonderfully as a fast first aid antiseptic. You can use them to help develop a healthy, germ-free surrounding at the workplace as well. Simply use one to wipe down keyboards and telephones for a safer workspace.