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What is personal hygiene?

As the world battles any deadly pandemic, we have become increasingly aware of numerous ways we can ensure hygiene. In this scenario, maintaining healthy personal hygiene during the ongoing health emergency is perhaps more important than ever.

It is quite clear by now how germs and viruses can wreak havoc on our lives and livelihood. By following simple practices such as washing our hands regularly, taking a bath and other such measures you can ensure that you prevent severe illness caused due to the virus and other germs. 

Maintaining good personal hygiene involves keeping all parts of the external body clean. Poor personal hygiene may result in germs finding a breeding ground and leave you vulnerable to infections.

An important aspect of personal hygiene also involves taking steps to keep the virus or germs from spreading when you fall sick. This includes covering your mouth and nose when sneezing, disposing of soiled tissues, not sharing personal electronic equipment and utensils and most importantly, keeping shared surfaces clean by using antibacterial wipes.

Importance of personal hygiene

Poor hygiene can result in serious diseases. For instance, poor oral hygiene can lead to

Alzheimer’s disease. Oral health is also linked to diseases such as dementia. In some cases, the inability to follow hygiene may also cause depression. It further aggravates the problem as a drop-in energy level and impaired cognitive function may make it all the more difficult to maintain hygiene.

Besides, there is a good chance you will feel unwelcome at the workplace if you are unkempt. This is especially crucial if you work in the food industry. A slip up from your end may snowball into an uncomfortable experience. 

How To Maintain Healthy Personal Hygiene?

Below is the list of routine activities which can help you maintain healthy personal hygiene.

● Dental hygiene:

Dental experts recommend brushing the teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day. A fluoride toothpaste must ideally be used and the toothbrush should be changed every 3–4 months. Experts also advise people to floss daily.

● Hand washing:

You must scrub the hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. Cleaning the hands thoroughly involves reaching the backs of the hands, between the fingers, and under the nails too.

● Body:

 It is advisable to bathe daily. More attention should be given to areas where the accumulation of sweat is higher such as the armpits, the groin area and in between the toes. Besides, one should wash their hair with shampoo twice a week and use deodorant when the body is fully dry.

● Nails:

Dirt accumulated in the nails mixes with the food you eat. To avoid this, nails must be trimmed regularly with sanitized tools.

●  Menstrual and genital hygiene:

 Regularly changing sanitary products is a must. Washing hands before as well as after changing tampons, pads, or any other sanitary products is key to menstrual hygiene.

Using soap to clean the vagina may not be the right way since it may cause an infection. This is because vagina is a self-cleaning organ. The external part of the vagina should only be cleaned once a day, ideally with a bar of mild soap and water.

People with an uncircumcised penis can clean it by gently pulling back the foreskin and washing underneath it with warm water or soap.

How To Follow  Healthy Personal Hygiene Routine

The easiest way to solve the hygiene problem and stay safe during the ongoing pandemic is creating a hygiene routine.

1. Make it a habit:

Small habits like 20-sec hand wash routine or keeping your workplace shoes out can go far in protecting you from diseases.

2. Set reminders:

If you are forgetful, you can take the help of notes app on your mobile phone.

3. Invest in nice toiletries:

Using products that leave a refreshing smell can encourage the members of a household to maintain good personal hygiene.

Conclusion

The unprecedented damage that the ongoing pandemic has caused can at least be minimised if not completely contained with the help of healthy personal hygiene practices. The importance of personal hygiene goes further than physical health. Research study shows that healthy personal hygiene often translates into better mental health. Finserv MARKETS offers a selection of health insurance policies, ranging from individual to group insurance policies. Customers can browse the Finserv MARKETS website to select health insurance policies that suit their needs. Getting a policy on Finserv MARKETS means a frictionless experience as the process is completely done online, ensuring that you get the coverage of your choice instantly.

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