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Has anyone had any adverse effects using dettol wipes?

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Paddy2019 Sat 23-May-20 09:57:53

Hi all,

As the title suggests really.. been using dettol wipes to wipe down the shopping since lockdown started.
Yesterday the skin on my palm peeled off and by the evening I had a high temp and d&v. Am I right to think that dettol wipes have poisoned me somehow? Perhaps got in via the skin?

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Sunnytimesahead Sat 23-May-20 10:04:33

Hi OP,

I've never had any problems with Dettol wipes. I use them all the time and find Dettol is one of the more gentle anti bac cleaners tbh.
If you have been using them since lockdown started I wouldn't think you would have a reaction like this all of a sudden. I would say the high temp and d&v are separate issues.
Have you used anything else on your hands like hand sanitizer or a new hand wash?
With regards to the other symptoms have you eaten anything suspicious that might have caused it?

NotAnotherUserNumber Sat 23-May-20 10:09:45

High temp and d&v sounds more like you have food poisoning.

To answer your question: I have been using a lot of dettol wipes all though this crisis and haven’t had any problems personally.

Quartz2208 Sat 23-May-20 10:12:15

how often are you wiping with them has that caused the skin to peel off

once that happened yes you could have an infection in it - is it a wound? But not from the dettol

MrsWooster Sat 23-May-20 10:13:40

High temp and D&V are on the covid list.

3LittleMonkeyz Sat 23-May-20 10:17:26

No issues with Dettol wipes but my skin basically dissolves if I over use my hands without gloves and strong hand cream. It's no specific product and not an allergy, it's contact dermatitis from over wear on a specific place due to doing the same repetitive action. I've had it from washing dishes, scrubbing floors with a brush, mopping (but only the mopping when I was cleaning professionally). I also get it from over washing my hands, not drying them properly, using too much antibacterial gel, and not applying hand cream and resting them.

Paddy2019 Sat 23-May-20 10:23:11

Thanks for your replies. Just to answer some of the questions, I’ve not eaten anything out of the ordinary and my OH and DS have both eaten the same meals and are okay. I did think about covid symptoms but I haven’t been out of the house for 8 weeks 😩
I usually use them to wipes the shopping down once a week (anything that can’t be removed from packets) but I can use a lot sometimes as I have health anxiety so I can go over the top with them. My hand looks fine now (no wound etc) it’s just the skin seemed to go damp and peel off and it appeared to be more than one layer. It stopped when I washed my hands but still feels sore. I did suggest to OH that I should wear gloves for cleaning and he said I was being OTT but now I’m ill I can’t help but think it’s the wipes 😫

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3LittleMonkeyz Sat 23-May-20 10:45:16

I have quite sensitive skin so always use gloves whenever possible. Not covid related, but probably left over from working in environments where gloves were standard practice

longearedbat Sat 23-May-20 12:52:22

I think wearing gloves in future sounds like a sensible idea. I have had trouble in the past with allergies on my hands, and once a soreness has established it's the devils own to get rid of.
However, I do wonder if you have picked up a bug. The hand problem and the other symptoms may not be connected and it's just coincidental.

Sweetnhappy1 Sat 23-May-20 13:06:51

Get a Covid test OP and self-isolate for 2 weeks. www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

MoaningMinniee Sat 23-May-20 13:13:58

Rather than Dettol (or any other wipe) I literally wash up the shopping by hand, using standard washing up liquid, and set it to dry on the drainer! Obviously tubs of ice cream go straight to freezer after their soap and water experience.

Deelish75 Sat 23-May-20 14:03:57

I've been using dettol wipes for a long time now and I've never had a skin reaction to them. Was it a new pack that you used - wandering if it's a faulty batch?

I think if you've got a temp over 37.8 you should request a test.

Paddy2019 Sat 23-May-20 14:21:46

Thanks everyone. Have ordered a test to be on the safe side.
I must admit, I’ve never had problems with the wipes before. OH thinks it could be a combination of hand washing and cleaning that has caused the peeling and soreness but it’s just on the hand I use the most for cleaning

Hoping the other symptoms are just a coincidence. I do have a habit of jumping to the worst case scenario and I would have that if the wipes were toxic enough to cause GI trouble then they’d come with more warnings 🙈

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TheMotherofAllDilemmas Sat 23-May-20 14:29:41

The symptoms do not need to be linked together. You may have had that in your hands for over using any cleaning product and the d&v out of anxiety to the reaction or to any other thing you ate.

The fact that your partner is ok is no proof the food was safe, I got salmonellosis sharing a plate of food with my ex, the bacteria was on my side of the plate I suppose as I ended up in hospital and nothing happened to him (or he had a gut made of steel 😉)

Paddy2019 Sat 23-May-20 19:41:48

@TheMotherofAllDilemmas yes you do have a point about the food, my OH could eat anything, come to think of it 😂

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arickitupyourpompom Sat 23-May-20 21:37:57

I get this. It's dermatitis I only get it from using detox or flash wipes. All my skin peels off and areas get hard but only on my palm not my fingers . Happens every time I use one. Gets me out of cleaning the kitchen sides though. The doctor diagnosed it - just don't use them or wear rubber gloves if you do.

ViciousJackdaw Sat 23-May-20 21:44:28

I use Dettol wipes and my fingers are peeling too. It's like I've done a Footner on them! Like a PP, I'm wondering if your other symptoms are caused by anxiety - people do say 'I''m shitting myself' when they are scared or nervous after all. The body eliminates itself in times of high anxiety/adrenaline to prepare for flight or fight.

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