Hygiene Mistakes That May Affect Your Health

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Yes, most of us commit certain common hygiene mistakes. Well, cleaning your body on a daily basis is a very important aspect of maintaining good health.

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Whether it is brushing your teeth or taking a bath or washing your clothes, if proper cleanliness isn't maintained, microorganisms will attack your system causing infections.

Though most of the countries in the world have reasonably good sanitation facilities and water supply, there are still a percentage of people who are affected by diseases which are mainly due to certain hygiene mistakes.

Sometimes, a simple practice like washing your hands can also save you from a bacterial or viral infection. Certain studies show that washing hands can reduce your chances of suffering diarrhea by nearly 49%.

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Yes, good hygiene can prevent or reduce the risk of cholera, dysentery, pneumonia, eye infection and scabies. Now, let us discuss about certain hygiene mistakes that may later on affect your health if not corrected immediately.


Bathing More Than Once A Day

Your main aim is to clear the dust, bacteria and toxins on your skin on a daily basis. That is why we take a bath. But if you bath more than once a day, your skin may get irritated and may also suffer certain infections as dry skin may attract certain types of bacteria.


Brushing Only Once

Brushing once a day isn't enough. Dentists recommend brushing and flossing after every major meal of the day to keep dental issues at bay.


Wiping Sweat Carelessly

Use a clean towel to wipe the sweat on your body. Trying to use your fingers to clean the sweat is of no use as your hands contain lots of bacteria.


Not Cleaning The Carpet

Certain type of microorganisms survive and breed on your carpet. Vacuum cleaning isn't enough. Health experts recommend professional cleaning at least twice a year.


Using Your Friend's Accessories

Don't share towels or nail cutters. They spread bacteria from one person to the other.


Using Hand Sanitiser Excessively

Too much of good is also bad. If you overuse such products, your skin may become dry and starts becoming vulnerable to certain bacterial attacks.


When To Wash Your Hands

Soon after touching something dirty, after urination or bowel movements and before eating something- washing hands is very important.


Fighting For The Remote

Now, you can stop fighting with your partner for the remote control. Certain reports say that, just like mobile phones even remotes carry lots of micro organisms.


Don't Wash Your Under Garments In Washing Machine

Health experts say that washing undergarments in the washing machine, that too along with other clothes isn't really a hygienic thing to do. Wash them separately in warm water with hands.

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Story first published: Thursday, January 28, 2016, 6:01 [IST]
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