Never miss a story

Get subscribed to our newsletter


×
Increased dryer skin was also noted in females and intensive care professionals. Pixabay

More than two-thirds of people may now have hand dermatitis due to stringent hand washing and using alcohol-based rubs during the Covid-19 pandemic, indicating the emergence of a skin disease epidemic, according to a study led by Indian researchers.

Researchers at Father Muller Medical College in Mangalore, Karnataka, analyzed transepidermal water loss (TEWL) — an essential parameter for measuring skin barrier function — from 582 people, including 291 healthcare professionals (HCPs) and 291 healthy individuals from the general population.


Follow NewsGram on Quora Space to get answers to all your questions.

The results indicated that hand dermatitis was now present among 92.6 percent of HCPs and 68.7 percent of the general population. Only 3 percent of HCPs and 2.4 percent of the general public in the study had reported a prior history of hand dermatitis.

Increased dryer skin was also noted in females and intensive care professionals, which was associated with a high frequency of handwashing and use of alcohol-based hand rubs.


Skin irritation and dryness was the main barrier to the consistent practice of hand hygiene. Pixabay

“This research truly demonstrates the impact of increased handwashing and uptake of alcohol-based rubs on the hand skin health of HCPs and the general public. Moreover, we now know that using TEWL to measure skin barrier function can help us compare the efficacy of various barrier protective measures, and discover suitable modifications of hand hygiene practices and products to help prevent hand eczema,” explained Monisha Madhumita from the varsity.

The participants also stated that skin irritation and dryness was the main barrier to the consistent practice of hand hygiene.

ALSO READ: Lancet: COVID Pneumonia Puts 1 In Every 3 Women At Lung Damage Risk

“This research shows there is now a skin-disease epidemic within the Covid-19 pandemic. It is promising to see this problem is recognized, and I am excited to see how the dermatology community goes about finding potential solutions to this issue,” Marie-Aleth Richard, EADV Board Member and Professor at the University Hospital of La Timone, Marseille, adds.

Finding suitable modifications to practices and products that may increase the accessibility of proper hand hygiene is something of vital importance to many in our community, the researchers said.

The findings were presented at the two-day EADV’s 2021 Spring Symposium held online from May 6-7. (IANS/KB)


Popular

Unsplash

Afghans were by far the largest group of applicants in the EU in September.

Afghans lodged more than 17,000 asylum applications in the EU in September, up from 10,000 in August and nearly twice as many as Syrians. This made Afghanistan by far the main country of origin, which Syria had been for seven years until July, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said.


Total applications in the EU exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by @shawnanggg on Unsplash

Aviation has revolutionised tourism and business forever, not to mention the cultural linkages that have been made possible.

“When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” – Leonardo DaVinci

International Civil Aviation Day is observed on December 7th to recognize the flying industry’s impact on modern society. In 1994, as part of ICAO’s (International Civil Aviation Organization) 50th-anniversary celebrations, the first International Civil Aviation Day was observed, and in 1996, the United Nations General Assembly declared December 7th as International Civil Aviation Day.

Keep Reading Show less

Incomplete data entries and loopholes in the ledger are significant factors in slowing down the accounting process.

By- Harris Scott

Business owners hardly have time to look into all aspects of a business operation, and accounting is one aspect. While small business owners might invest some time handling accounting services, it is indeed a big waste for owners of major enterprises. Regardless of the size of the business, your organization needs someone to look after the ledger.

Keep reading... Show less