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Does Washing your Hands make a Difference?
Of course, washing your hands is important, but many people would be surprised to learn how deadly dirty hands can actually be. Germs are transferred to your hands throughout the day from touching your computer, your coffee mug and even other people. Those germs are then stuck to your hands and are transferred to the things you touch like your cell (800) 729-3065 and your face. Sickness ensues for those that do not take the time to properly wash their hands. Henry the Hand Foundation, an organization designed to help promote proper hand cleanliness, promotes Hand Washing Awareness Week (December 7-13) every year to help get the word out about the dangers of germs on our hands.
Washing your Hands in the Bathroom
It isn’t a pleasant thing to think about, but fecal matter is the leading cause of salmonella, E. coli and norovirus. These infections can lead to very painful and possible deadly symptoms according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When you get infected, you typically have an inflamed stomach and intestines, which leads to diarrhea and vomiting in most cases. These symptoms then lead to dehydration, which is the most dangerous symptom. Just like your mother told you all those years ago, it is crucial to wash your hands anytime you are in the restroom.
Washing your Hands Before you Eat
Another mother-knows-best scenario: one of the most important times to wash your hands is right before you eat. No matter how great your table manners are, you will likely touch some of your food before you eat it. Germs transferring from your hands to your mouth is the most likely way you can get an infection. The Henry the Hand Foundation has a program called the 4 Principals of Hand Awareness; it contains the following guidelines for hand cleanliness:
- Wash your hands when they are dirty and before you eat.
- Do not cough into your hands.
- Do not sneeze into your hands.
- Do not put your fingers into your eyes, nose or mouth.
The Worst Perpetrators
Your cell (800) 729-3065 is one of the most germ-filled items in your vicinity. According to a 2002 study conducted by the University of Arizona, an average office toilet seat contains 49 germs per square inch and your desk has approximately 21,000 germs per square inch. Your cell (800) 729-3065 has a staggering 25,000 germs per square inch. This is a very disturbing fact given that the mouth is the prime location for germs to enter your body and cause an infection, and your (800) 729-3065 is mere inches from your mouth when you use it.
If you have a lung disease and are worried about how germs from your hands can exacerbate your symptoms, start washing your hands regularly and keep hand sanitizer with you. If you’re ready for an alternative treatment to start fighting your lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help you. Contact our office today for a free consultation or call us at (800) 729-3065.