Petra: Making Life More Comfortable

Why I Use Petra Non-Alcoholic Foaming Hand Sanitizer

By William Ryan

I am a 68-year-old retiree, married 43 years with three grandchildren. I am writing to tell my story of how I have found great help and relief with the Petra Non-Alcoholic Hand Sanitizer. The story starts in my twenties when I was still in college. I discovered after moving from an area where there is no poison oak to one ravaged with poison oak brush that I had quite an allergic reaction to the plant. Following one particularly annoying outbreak on my hands I was dismayed to find that a chronic dry rash developed on the back of my hands and between some of my fingers that didn’t go away.  After trying various moisturizing creams, I went to a dermatologist. I was diagnosed with a chronic eczema type rash condition and was prescribed a prescription cortisone cream (before such creams were available over the counter).  Through the years I have mostly managed to keep the intermittent rash in check using a mild cortisone cream. Eventually, these remedies became available over the counter.  I had to make efforts though not to use harsh soap or expose my hands to dishwashing or laundry detergent or other harsh chemicals which were sure to bring back an outbreak.

William Ryan – Avid Petra Supporter

 I managed my condition fairly well for the most part until about eight years ago not long after my retirement from my profession as a mental health counselor. An unfortunate episode occurred where my dog was sprayed by a backyard skunk. In the process of trying to give assistance to my dog and clean her up, my hands were exposed to contact with the skunk oil. The result was catastrophic and the eczema condition on my hands erupted into a cracked and bleeding mess. My doctor and dermatologist prescribed powerful steroid creams which eventually stabilized my condition. However, I was advised to avoid washing my hands with soap and water. As a result, I sought the use of non-alcoholic hand sanitizing products to clean and sanitize my hands. I used one or two with some success but I still had dryness with occasional breakouts. Through my health club, I discovered Petra non-alcoholic foaming hand sanitizer. It proved to be far superior to the other sanitizers I had used, because of its moisturizing and cleansing effects without dryness and lessened the incidence of breakouts. I found one source of Petra for a time and used the Petra product at home regularly with success carrying a small dispenser in my pocket at al times.  I am grateful for this product and happy to report it has solved this problem of hand care and cleanliness for me making my life more comfortable.

February 2015

Club Cleanliness a timely subject. This year more than ever.

Colds and flus are wrecking havoc on everyone–even more with our seniors, which John recently experienced firsthand. Proper disinfection has always been a crucial piece of the cleaning puzzle, particularly in health club facilities. In fact, John recently contributed to CBI Magazine’s “Cleanliness is key to Healthiness” feature (You can see a digital version of CBI Magazine in it’s entirety by clicking here, the Cleanliness article is on page 64, you can enter the page number to go directly to the article) which he touches on in this month’s edition of the SoapBox.

A message from John…

I recently learned firsthand how quickly super bugs and pathogens can get out of control. My mom resides in an independent living facility where they try to keep up on cleaning and disinfecting. But once several residents came down with a cold and flu bug, there was no way to prevent the number of illnesses that occurred.

My mom ended up in the hospital and at 85 years of age, there was a day or two where we didn’t know if she would recover.

There is good news though. I work with a number of regional and national janitor supply companies that have the products and knowledge to help keep your club clean and sanitized. Making sure you have a strong relationship with a trusted janitor supply rep is one of the most important ways to lower your chances of being a gateway for transferring pathogens to your members. I encourage you to dialog with a trusted janitor supply rep, they typically are very knowledgeable and their advice is free. If you need help on finding a rep, let me know, I have a huge network of qualified people that I can recommend. Most important, besides keeping your club and equipment clean and sanitized, encourage everyone to wash their hands, use non-alcohol foaming hand sanitizers and if your budget allows, provide antiseptic equipment wipes.

If you want to know how clean your club is, use a portable, battery powered ultraviolet light which allows you to actually see the pathogens and other not so nice things in your facility. Seeing is believing. I have an inexpensive unit available if you are unable to source.

As to mom, she is on the mend. Each day she becomes stronger and in several weeks, we look forward to having her back to being normal. Enjoy the article from CBI Magazine (don’t forget the Cleanliness article is on page 64) and let me know how I can be of assistance to you and your facility. Be well my friends and lets make life fun and bring happiness to everyone we come in contact with. John