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Topic: Hand dryers in public bathrooms

Forum: Complementary and Holistic Medicine and Treatment — Complementary medicine refers to treatments that are used WITH standard treatment. Holistic medicine is a term used to describe therapies that attempt to treat the patient as a whole person.

Posted on: May 26, 2018 09:14AM

motheroffoursons wrote:

After DCIS treatments, I have had two spots of skin cancer removed on my face with Moh's procedure.

I am wondering about the hand dryers in public bathrooms that blow heated air on your hands, and some of them have some kind of light inside the machine as it blows.

Anybody heard about the lights and possible exposure to harmful rays?

I have heard that the blowers are dirtier than paper towels as the blowers blow bacteria and dirt onto your wet hands.

However, I wonder about the heating elements and the lights inside the machine.

I know it is not breast cancer related but has anyone heard about any harmful effects of the blowers in the bathrooms?


God does not promise you tomorrow, he promises eternity. Sharon Dx 11/2/2006, DCIS, Left, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 26, 2018 09:34AM pingpong1953 wrote:

I don't know about the light in some dryers (Dyson's, I think) but I've read that they just blast any bacteria or whatever into the air where they can be inhaled, and I imagine they land on hard surfaces, too. Also, I think the Dyson's use room air and don't have a heating element. I imagine other brands do have them. I hate air hand dryers - give me towels any day. I usually end up wiping my hands on my slacks.

Dx 4/12/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/1/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 7/4/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Fluorouracil (5-fluorouracil, 5-FU, Adrucil), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/7/2017 Femara (letrozole) Surgery 2/26/2018 Lymph node removal: Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
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May 26, 2018 02:14PM gb2115 wrote:

I'm not sure that your exposure to any sort of light coming out of a restroom hand dryer would amount to anything. And I think it's uv light for germ killing, but for how long are your hands actually in there, and how often? You probably get more uv exposure walking from your car into the building.

Honestly wouldn't worry about it!

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.

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