Ethyl alcohol 96° and 70° are an alternative for skin antisepsis in patients who are sensitive to iodine.

Both alcohols are fast bactericides against vegetative forms of bacteria, tuberculicides, fungicides and virucides, but they do not destroy the bacterial spores. Both alcohols dry the skin, harm the epithelium and cause burning feeling when applied over open wounds. Several studies proved that it is able to reduce more than 98.5% of the microbial concentration on the hands skin.

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