You can buy Antibacterial hand gel (also referred to as hand gel in our FAQs) to be used after regular handwashing with soap and water or when handwashing is unavailable such as on the go or out in public places. When used correctly antibacterial hand gel can destroy up to 99.9% of bacteria, protecting you from disease and infection. Antibacterial hand gel is fast-acting and fast-drying, it quickly evaporates from your hands without leaving a sticky residue or smell.
The key ingredient to hand gel is alcohol, hand gels that do not contain alcohol are much less effective. There are different types of alcohol, if you buy hand gel online from e-Surgery it will contain Ethanol.
Alcohol breaks down the proteins within bacteria and viruses and destroys disease-causing pathogens. When you buy a hand gel with an alcohol solution of 60%, it is 95% effective.
Antibacterial hand gel contains Ethanol (70g in 100g of product), Fragrance, and Aminomethyl propanol.
Dispense onto hands and spread over palms, backs of hands, and fingertips. Leave until the antibacterial hand gel is completely evaporated. Make sure to get in between fingers and wrists. You should wash or sanitise your hands often, this is even more important since the spread of the coronavirus.
Some essential times to be washing/using hand gel should be:
As long as the antibacterial hand gel you are using contains at least 60% alcohol it will be somewhat effective at stopping viruses as well as bacteria.
The main symptoms of the Coronavirus are:
Although it is worth being aware that this is a new virus that is still being studied, meaning that we may not be aware of all of the symptoms. They are very similar to that of the regular flu but are far more likely to progress to more serious breathing issues.
For updated information regarding the Coronavirus please use the NHS website.
According to WHO (World Health Organisation) washing your hands thoroughly and consistently is essential, especially before eating or touching your mouth or eyes. Follow the government’s advice and avoid anyone who is showing virus symptoms.
You should make sure you cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and make sure to wash your hands after.
If you buy hand gel it is generally safe for everyone though it can dry out your skin. It is not intended as a replacement for traditional hand washing, although it is still effective.
You can read the Patient Info article on ‘how to wash your hands if you have eczema or dry skin‘ to prevent further damage to your hands.
Whenever you buy hand gel with over 60% alcohol in the ingredients, it can help to prevent bacterial or viral infections and helps to protect not just yourself but others around you, particularly those who are vulnerable such as the elderly or those with underlying health conditions.
Yes you can buy hand gel online from e-Surgery. The hand gel you order will be in a 50ml bottle.
Whenever you buy hand gel online or any other medication, make sure you check for the green GPhC and MHRA logo on the bottom of each page of the website you are using.
You can use the GPhC website to check to see if a pharmacy is registered. This will ensure that when you buy medication or medical equipment online it will be genuine.
Store your antibacterial hand gel in a cool place and keep away from children and naked flames.
e-Surgery uses Royal Mail delivery with choices starting from; 48 tracked delivery, Royal Mail tracked 24 and Royal Mail 1 pm special delivery (discover more about e-Surgery delivery). When you buy hand gel it will arrive in discreet, recyclable packaging at a delivery address of your choice.
If you choose to buy hand gel online from e-Surgery the containers are fully recyclable.
Cardboard packaging and paper patient information leaflets are recyclable. For any more information on the disposal of antibacterial hand gel, you can use our free Ask-A-Pharmacist service.
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