Lincoln Family Medicine: Hand Washing (Blue Ridge Cable 11)

do you want to hear about a quick and easy way to stay healthy wash your hands it’s been said before and bears repeating again washing your hands is the first line of defense against colds the flu and even food poisoning as you go about your day you touch people surfaces and objects and then turn touch your eyes nose your mouth although it’s possible to keep your hands germ-free washing your hands frequently can help limit the transfer of bacteria viruses and other microbes to maximize the benefits from this one simple act get in the habit of washing your hands throughout the day not just after you use the restroom other instances when you should practice a thorough hand washing are after preparing food especially raw meat or poultry inserting or removing contact lenses using the toilet or changing a diaper touching an animal or animal toys leashes or waste blowing your nose coughing or sneezing in your hands treating wounds or caring for a sick or injured person handling garbage household or garden chemicals or anything that could be contaminated such as cleaning cloths or soiled shoes in addition wash your hands whenever they look dirty what is the proper way to wash your hands what your hands with warm running water and apply soap rub your hands together to lather the soap and continue to scrub for 15 to 20 seconds making sure you wash between your fingers and underneath your fingernails rinse your hands well under running water dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer if possible use your paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the bathroom door if soap and water are not available use gel hand sanitizers or alcohol-based hand wipes containing 60 to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol carry one with you and you traveler keep them in your car purse if you’re using a gel sanitizer rub your hands until the gel is dry hand-washing it is truly one of the easiest ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others Lincoln family medicine is committed to offering preventive care and advice that will enhance your quality of life and help keep you healthy to schedule an appointment please call seven three eight zero six

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