Often you may have noticed your doctor rubbing liquid on skin surface before giving an injection. This liquid used for topical application is nothing but rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is prepared from denatured alcohol and it contains 90 to 95 percent of pure ethyl alcohol (ethanol) or isopropyl alcohol. However, the strength of the solution can differ from one manufacturer to another, but usual range may vary from 70% to 95% of ethyl alcohol. Usually the surgical spirit contains a mixture of ethyl alcohol and isopropyl alcohol. Just like any other spirit, rubbing alcohol is highly flammable and volatile.
Isopropyl rubbing alcohol contains 60 to 90 percent of isopropyl alcohol and the rest of the volume is water. Rubbing alcohol is poisonous and in the body the liver converts it into acetone. The symptoms of rubbing alcohol poisoning can be vomiting, dizziness, headache, depression and in severe cases it can lead to coma. The symptoms will depend on the amount of rubbing alcohol absorbed.
Following are The Uses of Rubbing Alcohol
The primary use of rubbing alcohol is to disinfect the skin prior to giving an injection, or cleaning minor cuts and bruises. As an antiseptic it neutralizes most of the bacteria, viruses and fungi present on the skin surface. Surgeons and doctors use it as an antiseptic for cleaning their hands and instruments. The cooling and soothing property of rubbing alcohol is useful in bed ridden patients suffering from bed sores. Athletes use rubbing alcohol on minor injuries. As rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, it has become a popular rubefacient. It cools and soothes the skin.
Other Uses of Rubbing Alcohol:
Welders use rubbing alcohol to clean the welding surface prior to welding. It removes the dirt and grime present on the surface.
Rubbing alcohol is used to clean mirrors, venetian blinds.
If you want to prevent your shirt color from staining, wipe your neck with diluted rubbing alcohol with water around the skin surface of your neck before wearing the shirt.
Rubbing alcohol is also used to fade and remove the permanent marks of ink, lipsticks, tea and coffee stains from your clothes.
Rubbing alcohol is also used for sparkling house hold metal furniture and fixtures.
You can knock the nasty flies hovering in your kitchen by simply spraying rubbing alcohol on them. The flies will fall on the floor as soon as it comes in contact with mist of rubbing alcohol.
In winter season when cold and flu is round the corner, wipe the door handles and bathroom fixtures with rubbing alcohol, especially when somebody is suffering from cold in your house. It will disinfect the handles and kill the germs that come in its way.
Rubbing Alcohol for Treating Acne
Acne is one of the leading skin problems that worry teenagers and adults. Apart from too many skin and acne treatment products available in medical shops, rubbing alcohol is also pushed by many people to treat acne and pimples. But contrary to the above fact, skin treatment and rubbing alcohol do not go hand in hand. This is because rubbing alcohol is listed as a possible skin irritant among the various skin irritating agents. Besides, rubbing alcohol can cause damage to the eyes if it comes in contact with the eyes. There are people who may have found positive result after applying rubbing alcohol on acne and pimples, but it is a temporary cure. The side effects may be burning, redness, and dryness of the skin around the acne. To conclude, there are far better options and more preferably harmless natural home remedies available for acne treatment.
Can Rubbing Alcohol be Used during Fever
You should not apply rubbing alcohol directly on your forehead or on your body to reduce the body temperature in fever. Rubbing alcohol gets easily absorbed in your skin and the toxicity can be detrimental for your health. However, you can put few drops of rubbing alcohol in a vessel containing water meant for sponging purpose, when a patient is suffering from fever. Other than its cooling effect, rubbing alcohol does not have any significant role to reduce temperature when it is added in water meant for sponging.