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What are the procedures in proper handwashing? Why each procedure are important?

What are the procedures in proper handwashing? Why each procedure are important?

Depends: Is your goal to simply have ordinarily clean hands, or are you performing surgery or some other procedure where sterility is critical or have you hands been in some infected or filthy place. A good active soaping and rubbing for 30 seconds or so will usually suffice. You can apply gel, or alcohol agent to insure sterility if needed. ...Read more

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Can constant handwashing cause skin breakdown? I have OCD.

Can constant handwashing cause skin breakdown? I have OCD.

Yes: Yes, too frequent hand washing can deplete the skin of the natural oils and lead to breakdown. You need to get help for your OCD! Good luck! ...Read more

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Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by doing handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. Plz list the cleaners and describe the practices?

Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by doing handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. Plz list the cleaners and describe the practices?

Soap and alcohol: Many anti bacterial soap with at least 2 minutes scrub reduce the bacteria well. Also alcohol wash is generally welll used in the hospital before entering the patient room. ...Read more

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Could liquid handwash(dettol) be used to clean denture?

Could liquid handwash(dettol) be used to clean denture?

Normal?: Only use denture cleanser as other chemicals may be hazardous to your health and detrimental to the dentures. ...Read more

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I have autoimmune neutropenia - my husband has novovirus - is there anything I should do to protect myself other than handwashing?

I have autoimmune neutropenia - my husband has novovirus - is there anything I should do to protect myself other than handwashing?

Wash hands....: All members of the house should be good about frequently washing of hands (hopefully there are doing this always while you are neutropenic). Typically the infections we most worry about with neutropenia are bacterial related, but if you got a fever because of the norovirus you would most likely need to get evaluated (depending on how low your neutrophils counts are). ...Read more

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Does handwashing help spread bacteria if you don't dry your hands thoroughly?

Does handwashing help spread bacteria if you don't dry your hands thoroughly?

Does not.: Proper handwashing includes drying of hands. Having wet hands after handwashing may increase the risk of transmission or even of picking up bacteria from another surface, but does not mitigate the all the good done by the act of washing. ...Read more

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Confused about c-diff, on antibiotics. I thought u get it from contact w/ the germ, why won't handwashing, not touching face, etc. help stop it?

Confused about c-diff, on antibiotics. I thought u get it from contact w/ the germ, why won't handwashing, not touching face, etc. help stop it?

Misunderstandings...: The exact source of Clostridium difficile (C diff) usually isn't known. It probably usually is contracted from other people, and handwashing is very effective in preventing it. "Touching face" has nothing to do with catching C diff. Most of the time, healthy people get no illness from C diff, although being on antibiotics that suppress other intestinal bacteria increases the risk. ...Read more