During your childhood, your mother probably went to great lengths to train you in personal cleanliness, washing your hands being one of the most important habits.
This is because during the day, we go around touching all kinds of things that are full of bacteria.
If you don’t have good hygiene, bacteria accumulates on your hands and can easily compromise your health if you are not careful.
What are the body parts that you should not touch with dirty hands? What happens if you do?
We will discuss that here.
Why is it important to wash your hands?
The 15th of December has been declared International Hand Washing Day by UNICEF. This initiative was begun with the idea of creating a conscience about the importance of hand washing.
The organization emphasized that there are many diseases transmitted by touching some body parts when good hygiene is not practiced.
Maybe you think you have the best hygiene and you don’t run any risks because you are not in contact with toxic products. Before being sure, ask yourself if everything you touch is actually clean.
If you are using the computer everyday, then you may be passing germs between the keys, the screen and your mouth. Don’t think that because your office is “clean,” there is no problem.
All types of germs are transmitted through the air and this is something that you can’t control.
1. The eyes
Vision is one of the most precious senses that we possess and for that reason it can be very annoying when we have an eye infection.
It’s common to put our hands up to our eyes to rub them, to remove an eyelash or some matter from our eyes. Nevertheless, touching our eyes with dirty hands can cause serious infections.
Most of the time we touch our eyes without even being aware of doing it.
Some of the recommendations that you should always follow are:
- Washing your hands before touching your eyes
- Using a tissue or paper towel if you need to dry tears or remove an eyelash
- Avoid introducing any type of foreign object
Caring for contact lenses
- You should never touch your eyes directly with your hands unless you have washed them with neutral soap and water.
- It is recommended that you learn to remove lenses very carefully. Ask an ophthalmologist to teach you the correct way to put them in and take them out.
- Do not rub your eyes for any reason as eyes are very sensitive and can easily be harmed.
It’s very common to come home from an exhausting day at work and feel so tired that you want to take out your contacts. You should not skip washing your hands under any circumstances.
This is important because the liquid we use in our contact cases does not eliminate all of the germs, only the superficial ones.
When you wash your hands to take out the contacts it’s important to use a neutral bar of soap and warm water.
The liquid soaps tend to leave a film composed of chemicals. This can leave a residue on your contacts. With time, this residue accumulates and the contacts don’t last as long as they should.
2. Private parts
This intimate area is of course very private and it’s important that before touching it, you’re sure that your hands are clean.
The risk of touching these body parts with dirty hands can allow germs to cause all types of infections.
This area is already damp and possesses its own ecosystem. Contact with other bacterias can cause serious problems.
A very common mistake that women make is to try to wash this area with soap, water and vaginal cleansers.
3. The ears
One of the body parts you should never touch (or scratch) with your hands is the inside of your ears. This can cause lesions and with time they can get infected.
In the first place, remember that the ear contains wax, which serves to block bacteria from entering.
You should not try to eliminate all of the wax that is inside the ear. If you feel that you have too much earwax, consult with an otorhinolaryngologist, a physician who specializes in that area.
The doctor will help you eliminate the excess wax without problems and with safe methods.
4. The face
Avoid touching your face. We know that this is something that people almost always do involuntarily, but try to learn to avoid it as much as possible.
There are several reasons for this. When touching the face you are carrying residue from your hands to you face.
If you have poor hygiene, the pores of the skin can easily become clogged. This causes pimples and red blotches on the skin.
The only time you should touch your face is when you are washing it and after you have washed your hands.
As you can see, touching different body parts with dirty hands can initiate problems from simple to severe.
Take note and avoid doing this as much as possible.
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