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Covid-19 and Dupuytren's Contracture: Is There a Connection

May 03, 2020

This blog may come as a surprise to some, but this is one of the most commonly asked questions by people who suffer from the disease.

In this article, we’ll tell you if there’s a connection between Covid-19 and Dupuytren's contracture and what you can do to ensure you stay safe and healthy during this time.

Let’s get started:

So, Is There Really a Connection?

Let’s nip the evil in the bud – no, there’s no direct connection between the two medical conditions.

Coronavirus does not increase the risk of Dupuytren's contracture and vice versa. But, if you already have the condition then you must be extra careful during these testing times to ensure you do not catch the virus.

But Why?

We know that Dupuytren's disease can make it difficult to perform simple tasks such as rinsing, drying, and washing your hands and fingers. This can be risky as coronavirus raises the stakes on regular and frequent handwashing. 

The WHO recommends that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds for safety. This is not only important for you but for also those around you.

However, it isn't that simple for those suffering from the disease as it makes it difficult to wash the skin due to the folding of the skin. Plus, after a point, it can even get difficult to separate the fingers to wash each corner.

So, What Can Be Done?

Do not worry because there are ways to ensure your hand is properly and effectively cleaned. The most important thing is the technique, change how you wash your hands.

Most of us do not pay much attention to how we wash our hands. We’ve been doing it for years and assume it comes naturally to us.

Washing hands is not only about rinsing your hands, it is also about ensuring every corner gets its due attention.

The pandemic is making the world realize how many of us have no idea how to clean our hands.

You must be very careful when washing hands. Pay attention to every part including the side and back of the hand, the palms, each finger including the front, back, and side, fingernail, fingertip, and each webspace.

If you have Dupuytren disease then you must be wondering – how am I going to pull this off? Quit worrying, the solution lies in using a cloth soaked in soapy water. You can also count on baby wipes or paper towels.

Use it to clean every corner of your hand and then dry your hand in the same manner. Stay away from solutions that contain antiseptics, ammonia, or chlorine as they can cause irritation.

If you still have trouble then you can use grain alcohol or rubbing alcohol.

We hope this simple guide will help you clean your hands without trouble. Be safe!

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