15 Reasons Why you Should Wash Your Hands

Washing hands to some people seems to be a waste of time,stressful or even not ‘allowed’ in some traditional cultures.This practices encourage the spread of pathogenic microorganisms which cause diseases and endanger the lives of several  people.We use our hands to do several activities like shaking hands,cooking,eating ,while bathing and several other activities.Now  you can imagine how we usually spread microorganisms using our hands.We should be very careful on how we use  our hands so that  we can stop the spread of pathogenic diseases.Here are 15 reasons why we should wash our hands.

1.To avoid contaminating food

Food contamination can be  put in three categories namely;Physical ,chemical and biological.

(i)Physical contaminants can be hair,glass,wood and metal etc.

(ii)Chemical contaminants include;pest control chemicals like pesticides and insecticides.Chemicals use for cleaning like detergents and other chemicals.

(iii)Biological contamination e.g microorganisms,rodents,insects like cockroaches and housefly.

2 .To avoid spreading worms to other people

Worms which are common in human being is tapeworm,flukes and round worms.This worms can be spread through hands and contaminated water when no proper cleanness is observed.

3.Avoiding contamination of water

When you don’t clean your hands there is possibility of passing microorganisms and other contaminants to water which is being used for domestic purposes or for drinking.This will endanger peoples health.

5.Promote healthy environment

When you ensure there is no pathogenic  microorganisms in your living environment you will be enjoying  a good environment without any health risk.

6.To prevent the microorganisms used by terrorists from spreading

In the past CDC had alerted the people about the possibility of terrorists using a strain of resistant anthrax and smallpox virus.For people to avoid this washing hands are just one of the measures among others.

7.Avoiding unnecessary cost in health

When you make sure you keep your hands clean every time you stop the contamination of food and your living environment hence you will not get sick regularly.

8.Stopping the spread of deadly diseases

The disease like cholera can kill several people within a short time.This disease can just be spread by not washing hands among other ways.

9.To be decent and orderly person

Washing hands boost your orderliness and portray your decency and organization as a person.

10.To reduce the chances of spreading the diseases to patients as the health care provider

Health care provides need to ensure they wash their hands regularly because they handle several patients with different diseases.

11.As a role model

When you wash your hands regularly you can become a role model to your younger brother,sister or your child.

12.Protecting your partner from contacting the diseases

Washing your hands shows that you care about your partner and therefore  ensuring he/she is safe and cannot be harmed by pathogenic microorganisms especially when  making love.

13.Ensuring you don’t transfer diseases to other paths of your body

Washing hands ensure protection from spreading the disease to other parts of your body.The best example is when you visit washing room and you don’t  wash your hands, you can easily transfer bacteria to other parts of the body where it can cause infection  e.g E.coli can cause infection in urinary tract.

14.Ensuring your family members are safe

When you consider washing hands as your habit it enhance the assurance of good health to your family members because it will reduce the risk of getting exposed to diseases.

15.Killing possibly pathogenic microorganisms

When you use antibacterial soaps like Dettol or Lifebuoy you reduce the pathogenic microorganisms.

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Author: healthfeels

Medical Researcher and Author based in Nairobi.Writing about health matters.

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