Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do you wash your hands correctly????No

Chances are, you have been washing your own hands for quite a while. Bacteria, viruses, fungi and other microbiotic life are everywhere. All it takes is a little soap and some water, right? Actually, there is a bit more to handwashing. Below, find out how to wash your hands correctly, and why it matters so much.

Here's Why:

The single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick and to stop the spread of disease-causing germs is to wash your hands often . By frequently washing your hands, you wash away germs that you may have picked up from other people or from contaminated surfaces. One of the most common ways people catch colds is by rubbing their nose or their eyes after their hands have been contaminated with the cold virus. More frequent hand washing may be able to reduce the spread of the cold virus. Some studies show that when children are carefully taught to wash their hands school absenteeism is reduced, perhaps especially when alcohol-based hand rubs are combined with handwashing.

You cannot see germs with the naked eye, so wash your hands often. Especially important times include:

* After using a Computer(computer hold germs more than any tool in the home)
* Before, during, and after you prepare food
* Before you eat
* After you use the bathroom
* After you change a diaper
* After handling animals or animal waste
* When your hands are dirty
* More frequently when someone in your home is sick

Here's How:

To properly wash your hands, follow these simple steps:

* First wet your hands with warm water and apply liquid or lather with a clean bar of soap.
* Next rub your hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces. Also clean under your fingernails to help control germs and keep them trimmed and short.
* Continue for at least 15 seconds or about the length of a little tune (for example: the "Happy Birthday" song). It is the soap combined with the scrubbing action that helps dislodge and remove germs.
* Rinse your hands well and then dry them.

Note: When soap is not readily available, alcohol-based hand rubs offer a quick and easy alternative. No water is needed and studies show they’re fairly effective. But washing with soap is still the best single step you can take to prevent infection.

Germs on Computers:
Did you know that the average computer keyboard is proven to accumulate more germs than a public toilet?Considering how often fingers come into contact with computer keyboards, it's not surprising that a new study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology found some pretty gross results.

*All keyboards tested positive for a staph bacterium called coagulase-negative staphylococci. This is one of the most common causes of bloodstream infections among those hospitalized.

*80 percent of keyboards contained diphtheroids. This bacteria represents a significant infection risk for those whose immune systems are weak, such as cancer and AIDS patients.

In my opinion the best thing to wash your hands with is what doctors use before the operate on patients. Makes the most sense right? Its a solution called Betadine and you can pick it up from any pharmacy or grocery store. When I am at home I spread in across my hands before I use liquid soap and warm water. This is what it looks like::

Be well folks...Your only as clean as the last thing you touch!


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/ .

1 comment:

Jahsun said...

My mom used to use Betadine all the time. Now I see why