Personal hygiene; how to improve your physical appearance.

"A clean, beautiful, well-groomed and germ free body is essential to good health and prevention of diseases"-Nursobroadcasto

Effective personal hygiene is a crucial factor for attaining a good social, physical, physiological and emotional health. It keeps the body clean, reduces the spread of illness,prevent the risks of diseases and promotes a health living. There is need to care for the body daily,this will help prevent body odour and likely embarrassement from families,friends, school mates and colleagues at work.

What is personal hygiene?
Personal refers to those activities that an individual carries out on him or herself for the purpose of dirts and microorganisms removal and prevention of illnesses which involves handwashing, shaving,mouth washing and bathing.

In every aspect of life, purity and holiness,cleanliness and refinement,exalt the human condition. Even in the physical realm, cleanliness will conduct spirituality"-Abdul-Baha.

Types of personal hygiene
The following are types of personal hygiene:
  • Hand hygiene
  • Hair hygiene
  • Dental hygiene
  • Body hygiene
  • Perineal hygiene
  • Toilet hygiene

Hand Hygiene
We make use our hands daily to eat,touch,write,type,wash,cook, work and play which expose them to microorganisms and dirts. It is important to practice good hand hygiene in preventing illnesses such as flu,cough,rhinitis,gastroenteritis,cholera and food poisoning which are transmitted or contacted through poor hand hygiene.Hands should be wash with water and soaps to prevent microbes.

When to care for the hand
  • Before and after cooking food.
  • Before and after eating.
  • Before and after cleaning a cut or wound.
  • After coughing, sneezing or touching used tissues.
  • After toilet use.
  • After contact with the hospital environment.
  • Contact with live or dead animals.
  • Changing or touching babies diapers.
  • Changing of sanitary pads.
  • Sweeping or packing of refuse.

Dental hygiene
This is also known as oral or mouth hygiene. It is essential to care for the teeth,tongue and palate,this prevents gum diseases,dental carries,tooth decay and bad breaths. Nobody will like to sit or talk with someone that has 'mouth odor'!

How to care for the teeth
  • Brush teeth twice daily(after breakfast and before bedtime).
  • Store tooth brush in a clean and dry place.
  • Replace toothbrush every three months.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste.
  • Avoid sugary foods and caffeinated drinks.
  • Brush teeth after smoking or eating of strong odor foods such as garlic.
  • Regular and popular dental flossing.
  • Use antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Regular visit to the dentist.

Body Hygiene
Daily bathing is vital to get rid of dirts,sweats, germs and skin diseases (eczema,ringworm) so as to maintain good personal hygiene.

Body hygiene tips
  • Take bath twice daily (morning and night),with clean water and soap.
  • Wash armpits,groins,neck, abdomen,knees,back and feet thoroughly.
  • Clean off make up before bedtime.
  • Use deodorants and perfumes.
  • Shave armpits regularly.
  • Wash clothes after each use with clean water and soap.(Pretty sure that nobody will want to sit beside someone whose clothes is dirty).
  • Wash underwears(pants, braziers,boxers) after each use. Do not leave it till the next day!
  • Press clothes before wearing.

Hair hygiene
Most people tend to forget to care for the hair A clean,tidy,combed and shiny hair, indicates a healthy hair and good appearance Hair helps to regulates body temperature, protect the scalp from trauma, radiation and infections.

Care for the hair
  • Wash hair daily.
  • Comb or brush hair before going out.
  • Cut or shave hair when necessary.
  • Shave the armpit regularly.
  • Make use of good shampoos and conditioners (know the kind of shampoo and conditioner that suit one's hair type).
  • Ladies should avoid hairstyles that lasts two or three months (it harbours microbes and causes hair infections such as lice and dandruffs).
"The beauty of a woman is her hair"

Perineal Hygiene
The genitals (penis and vagina) are prone to infections and unpleasant odours due to their sensitiveness.
Care for the genitals.

  • Clean at least twice daily with clean water.
  • Ladies should change sanitary pads every  3 to 4hours daily during Menstruation.This will prevent bad odour from prolonged blood stained and prevent the risk of infection!
  • Avoid strong odour soaps or sprays near the perineal areas(kills the normal floral that helps in preventing microbes).
  • Shave pubic hair when necessary.
  • Wear clean and dry underpants.
  • Wear cotton underpants(avoid nylon pants).
  • Wash new underpants before use.
  • Avoid douching, this prevents introducing of microbes.
  • Wash underwears(pants, braziers,boxers) after each use. Do not leave it till the next day!
  • Seek medical attention immediately if abnormal vaginal or penis smelling  discharges are noticed!

Toilet Hygiene
Human beings visit the toilet to excrete waste products of metabolism virtually everyday but,if acre is not taken during this process,one can contact diseases such as cholera.

Toilet hygiene tips:
  • Wash hands with soap and water after toilet use,scrub hands with soap for about 20 to 30 seconds, scrub in between the fingers and back of the hands thoroughly.
  • If water and soap is unavailable,use alcohol hand sanitizers.
  • Wash toilet with antibacterial and disinfectant solutions daily.
  • Do not take or use phone while using the toilet,this prevents the risk of contaminating phones with germs and bacteria. (calls, messages,chats or mails can wait).
  • Flush and cover toilets with the lids after use.
  • Toilets should not be close to the kitchen.

Effects of good and effective personal hygiene.
  • It improves one's self esteem.
  • Boost confidence.
  • Attraction to the opposite sex.
  • Prevention of illnesses and diseases.
  • Good health and productivity.

Note: Parents and guardians should teach children the importance of good hygiene and how to achieve it from a tender age. This will boost their esteem, make them participate in activities that makes them healthy.

Effects of poor personal hygiene
  • Transmission of germs and Illnesses.
  • Risk to infections.
  • Low self esteem.
  • Lack of confidence.
  • Mouth odor.
  • Body odor.
  • Embarrassement.
  • Skin infections such as eczema,lice, dandruffs and ringworms.
  • Poor health.

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