Mrsa | Washing Hands - Why It's Important To Keep Them Clean


Some people are overly fussy about washing their hands all the time while others don’t clean them as much. But for most part we clean our hands when they get dirty or are stained.

Cleaning our hands prevents the transferring and spreading of nasty germs that we come into contact with in the toilet, through door handles, from an ATM, from a handshake, after touching the sick and from the many surfaces we touch. Germs from our hands gain entry into our bodies when we use them to rub our eyes and nose or ingest through the mouth. So many times these actions are done unconsciously that we are unaware of the germ transfer that takes place. You could fall ill from an infection if you have a weak immune system.

Hand Washing Kills Germs

Hand washing with soap and water can kill germs that cause:

The common cold

Influenza and pneumonia

Hepatitis A

Acute gastroenteritis

Skin infection from drug-resistant MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)


Stomach infections from bacteria such as campylobacter, salmonella, and norovirus

The Proper Way to Clean

How many of us merely flick our hands under a tap and think that will do? The right way to clean our hands begins like this:

Plain or Antibacterial Soap?

The verdict has been out that an antibacterial soap is not more effective than plain soap. In addition the common ingredient called triclosan, a chlorinated phenolic compound, found in antibacterial soap is of a health concern because of the creation of hardier bacteria that resists antibiotics. Triclosan has also been found to disrupt hormone activity involving the hormones estrogen and androgen.

When to Wash

Remember to practice good hygiene and have your hands cleaned:

Before and after food preparation, especially after handling raw meat

Before eating

Before cleaning your face

Before putting on your contact lenses

After each toilet visit

After changing diapers

After handling rubbish or waste

After gardening

After touching animals

Before and after treating cuts and wounds

Before taking or giving medicine

After touching the sick or injured

After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing into your hands

Because hand washing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent infections in developing countries, 15 October is even designated as a Global Handwashing Day.


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