Eczema and similar conditions often require you to wash your hands with an emollient soap substitute. Unfortunately, this is not a safe approach against coronavirus.
As the video mentions, the conclusion above is based on previous understanding and scientific evidence. The route we all normally take to prevent conditions exacerbating may not offer the protection we would wish for.
The coronavirus (Covid-19) can not be effectively removed from our hands without a thorough wash, using soap and water.
That repeated washing with soap and water can create soreness is appreciated, including for medical staff. A solution is simply to combine the needs of both issues, with the time taken to do so worthwhile.
A Viable Approach
Whenever you have been in possible contact with the virus, or simply wish to maintain protection for yourself, wash your hands well with soap and water.
If you find this is causing a problem, dry your hands and immediately wash them again, with your normal soap substitute. This should remove any irritants left in place by needing to use standard soap.
Keep your emollient soap wherever you wash your hands, take some out with you in a dispenser. Don’t be afraid to use emollient to moisturise your hands as often as you need, once your hands are clean and virus free.
Should problems persist, treat with anti inflammatory cream (often steroid based). Use an ample amount each day, then every few days if possible.
Staying In Control
Although the pandemic has changed to “living with Covid” in a societal sense, anxiety is still understandable and more so if you have a skin condition to manage. The best way to set this aside is to be in control of what is affecting you.
Eczema, dermatitis and similar conditions can be managed, without putting your health at further risk from the Covid-19 virus. Follow the suggestions above and with a little extra time, you should be okay.
By all means contact us for advice, or read about the support we are providing during the coronavirus epidemic, including video consultations.