Frequent hand washing to protect yourself, your team and your patients also means painful hands with dry, cracked skin. Don't just live with it ... lotion up.
If you work in a veterinary practice, you wash your hands a lot. But some of the soaps and liquids you use may be leeching off your skin's protection and leaving your hands looking less like a jewelry hand model's digits and more like the cracked waterways of a dry Mars. (Sorry, like Elon Musk, we have the red planet on the brain.)
Yes, hand washing is crucial in medicine, but so is the reality that cracked skin is a more inviting vector for viruses and bacteria, according to the Centers for Disease Control. So do both-wash up and don't neglect to hit the lotion. Here are a few lotions human healthcare professionals use that might appeal, if they work well with your antiseptic protocols and don't offend sensitive or allergic noses (both animal and human).
Medline's Remedy Olivamine Skin Repair Cream
This one is CHG and latex friendly for you frequent glove wearers. It's got an orange, citrus-like odor. People love it a lot on Amazon.com.
Ecolab's Revitalizing Skin Lotion
This one's fragrance-free, for finicky noses, and glove-friendly. It sports lots of rave reviews on Amazon.com.
3M Cavilon Moisturizing Hand Lotion
3M, famous for tape and bandages, developed this one. Again, fragrance-free and nobody's hating on Amazon.com.
Coloplast Sween 24 Cream
It's a funny name, sure, but it's another CHG-friendly, scent-less choice. There are mostly positive reviews on Amazon.com.