Many people today focus on their health and well-being by eating healthy foods and going to the gym. However, most of us don’t pay a lot of attention to personal hygiene. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), even something as small as washing hands regularly can prevent around 1 million deaths each year.
It shows the importance of personal hygiene and why we should focus on it. But most people have the basics wrong when it comes to personal hygiene. To help you out, we’ll discuss the five mistakes that people make when it comes to personal hygiene and how can you avoid them.
Personal Hygiene: 5 Common Mistakes To Avoid
During the Covid-19 pandemic, people had difficulty understanding the basics of personal hygiene to prevent the spread of the disease.
Even a couple of years into the post-pandemic era, many don’t have a clear idea of the personal hygiene fundamentals. So, here are five personal hygiene mistakes that you need to keep an eye out for and avoid.
1. Not Placing a Hand When Sneezing and Coughing
One of the most common personal hygiene mistakes that people make is not placing their hands over their mouth and nose when sneezing and coughing. When you cough or sneeze, it ejects airborne droplets (respiratory and salivary) into the environment. These droplets have microbes that can result in infections. People around you can inhale it and get sick.
If you are feeling sick or suffering from a cold sore, take protective measures to keep people around you safe. Place a tissue paper over your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterward. Also, get a cold sore treatment as soon as possible to speed up recovery. Starting the cold sore treatment soon enough with over-the-counter products can greatly reduce the severity of the outbreak and quicken healing.
2. Not Taking a Shower After Exercising
It might come as a surprise to you, but many people don’t take a shower after they work out. When you’re working out, your body temperature will increase. Your body will expel excess heat through perspiration. Simply put, the body starts to sweat to bring the body temperature to normal.
Also, the clothes you’re wearing when working out will soak sweat. Therefore, it gives an ideal environment for the bacteria to grow and transfer to your skin, leading to an infection. Therefore, you need to take a shower and change your clothes after every intense workout session. The longer you delay taking a shower, the higher the chances of an infection.
3. Bathing or Washing Hands Excessively
Taking a bath daily is imperative since your skin collects germs, oil, sweat, and dirt throughout the day. So, taking a bath will allow you to wash away the impurities and give you healthy skin. However, you shouldn’t bathe so frequently that it becomes counter-productive.
Most people go overboard with bathing, thinking it will give a cleaner and healthier skin. If you take prolonged or frequent showers, then it might lead to issues with the skin, such as removing oils and healthy bacteria. It can also make the skin and scalp drier and irritated.
Similarly, over-washing your hands can lead to damage rather than good. While washing your hands often is a good habit and can prevent many diseases, you mustn’t go overboard with it.
4. Not Cutting/Trimming Your Nails Properly
Regular trimming of nails is an integral part of hand hygiene. If you leave the nails too short, it will open the soft nail bed. This area can is prone to damage and infections.
Moreover, the nail bed also has various nerve endings, making it a highly sensitive area. You’ll feel some discomfort when the nail bed touches or rubs against any surface. So, you must cut your nails properly to avoid such problems.
Some people might make the mistake of rounding the corners to get the nail in proper shape. What then happens is that the nail plate starts to pierce through the surrounding flesh. As a result, it can lead to pain and discomfort. Also, always use a proper nail clipper to cut/trim your nails instead of scissors.
5. Ignoring Hygiene for Private Parts
The genital area is one of the most important and neglected parts of the body. Both men and women don’t pay a lot of attention to genital hygiene. If you don’t have intimate hygiene as a part of your personal hygiene, you should start focusing on it.
Clean your private parts daily and trim your pubic hair when necessary. Also, be careful about the products you are using for cleaning your private parts.
Using normal soap might not be an optimal option since it can disrupt the natural bacterial balance inside your vagina. As a result, it can increase the chances of an infection. We would advise that you use special products dedicated to cleaning the lower body parts. Here are some tips to help you out with intimate hygiene:
- Avoid using perfumed soaps since they include chemicals
- Choose the right products for washing your private parts
- Keep the private part dry and ensure it is safe from moisture or sweat
- Shave your pubic hair to prevent irritation and infection
- Wash the private part daily but with gentle care
We hope you have a clear idea about personal hygiene and the common mistakes that you need to avoid. While these mistakes do not sound significant, they can make a world of difference.
Focus on good personal hygiene for a healthy life. Learn the best practices and ensure you incorporate them into your daily life for the best quality of life.