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Emerg Infect Dis. 2001 Mar-Apr;7(2):225-30.

Hygiene of the skin: when is clean too clean?

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Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York, USA. ell23@columbia.edu

Abstract

Skin hygiene, particularly of the hands, is a primary mechanism for reducing contact and fecal-oral transmission of infectious agents. Widespread use of antimicrobial products has prompted concern about emergence of resistance to antiseptics and damage to the skin barrier associated with frequent washing. This article reviews evidence for the relationship between skin hygiene and infection, the effects of washing on skin integrity, and recommendations for skin care practices.

PMID:
11294712
PMCID:
PMC2631732
DOI:
10.3201/eid0702.010215
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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