Good Hand Washing Can Prevent Disease

05/16/2011

Good Hand Washing is the single most effective way of preventing the spread of communicable disease. It’s easy to learn the correct way to wash your hands and doing it faithfully is the best way to protect yourself and your family from infectious diseases. Hand washing can help prevent many diseases and some of the most common are: Diseases which are spread through fecal-oral transmission: This means if the hands are not well washed after using the toilet for a bowel movement, that even the tiniest particle of fecal material can be missed and can spread disease. Some of the most common are:

  • Salmonella
  • Shigellosis
  • Hepatitis A
  • Giardiasis’
  • Amebiasis, also known as amoebic dysentery
  • Enterovirus
  • Campylobacteriosis

If you have ever been wracked with the severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea that are symptoms of these diseases, you know just how very important it is to wash your hands after using the toilet. Plus, you have a right to expect others to follow this practice, too. Diseases which are spread through indirect contact with respiratory secretions. These germs can be transported by droplets from coughs and sneezes and are:

  • Influenza
  • The ‘flu’,
  • Streptococcus, also known as ‘strep’,
  • The common cold
  • RSV, the respiratory syncytial virus

If the hands are contaminated from coughing, blowing the nose, or sneezing, these respiratory discharges can be transmitted to others. Shaking hands, touching a door knob or some other item that was touched by someone whose hands were contaminated can spread the infection to you. The infected person should always wash his hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing his nose. Diseases can be spread when the hands are contaminated with saliva, urine, pus discharge or other body discharges. A few diseases that can be spread in this manner are:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Staphylococcus organisms, also known as ‘staph’
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Epstein-Barr virus

These germs can be transmitted directly from person to person or indirectly by touching inanimate objects like toys or books or through the contamination of food. Wash Your Hands The Right Way When you wash your hands correctly, rubbing your hands vigorously with soap, you remove the dirt and oily, soiled material from your skin. The soap lather suspends the dirt and germs and then they are washed away. Follow these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands thoroughly with warm water.
  • Add soap and rub your hands together, making a soapy lather. Do this for at least 20 seconds, away from the running water. Do not wash the lather off yet.
  • Be sure to wash the backs and front of your hands as well as between your fingers and around and under the nails.
  • Rinse your hands well under warm, running water. Do not let the water run down your arms to your elbows.
  • Dry your hands well with a clean towel. Turn off the water using a clean paper towel, if available, and throw it in the trash.

Soap dispensers keep the soap handy, whether your’re at work or home. They are visible, yet they can blend in with bathroom or kitchen décor. Soap is always available and you’re not hunting around for that slippery cake. The dispensers are more practical and less expensive for schools, restaurants and other settings where there are many people that One of the most important facts to remember about using soap dispensers is ‘the reminder factor’. When you see a soap dispenser, it reminds you to wash your hands. There is a wide selection of dispensers at www.u-need-it.com as well as a variety of other sanit

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