Regular hand washing got something of a PR boost this year with fears of swine flu, but it's definitely possible to go too far.
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Blogger Joy at Travelespresso describes how her hand-washing using a chemical sanitiser before every meal when travelling turned out to be as much of a health risk as the food poisoning she was trying to avoid:
The skin on my hands was red and raw in several places, mainly by the joints and down my index fingers. Naturally I was concerned I'd picked up a skin disease somewhere in my travels. Thankfully, a quick visit to a medical specialist confirmed it was simply a case of washing my hands too often which had depleted the natural oils in my skin.
Joy eventually concluded that the solution was to keep sanitising, but regularly use hand cream as well. Personally, I'd have eased back on the hand washing altogether, and gone back to good old soap and water.
A Cautionary Tale [Travelespresso]