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By Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery
March 23, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: coronavirus   hand washing  

Hand washing is the best way to protect against infection.

We learned how to wash our hands as children and yet, we often forget just how important proper hand washing actually is. With the handwashingconcern of the recent coronavirus outbreak, it’s now more important than ever for people to practice proper hand washing; however, for it to be effective you actually have to do it right. Our South Barrington and Willowbrook, Illinois, Physicians Dr. Jeffery Berti and Dr. Toula Berti want to make sure you stay healthy and safe during these times. Here’s how to avoid infection by keeping your hands clean and what can be done to keep your skin healthy while washing your hands so often.

Wash Your Hands Often

It’s important that you wash your hands regularly to prevent the spread of germs. According to the CDC, you should wash your hands,

  • Immediately upon entry into home or business

  • Before and after preparing and eating food

  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick

  • Before and after going to stores

  • After you use the bathroom

  • After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose

Know How to Wash

Hand washing is one of the most effective and easiest ways to stave off germs and to stop an infection from spreading. Yet many people aren’t washing their hands properly. These simple steps could keep you and your family healthy,

  • Run your hands under cold or warm water. Avoid hot water, which can cause skin to dry and crack, making it more susceptible to infection.

  • Rub your hands together with a mild soap, making sure to lather up the front and back of your hands, as well as between your fingers and under the nails.

  • You should wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each and every time. Not sure you’re washing your hands long enough? The CDC recommends singing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.

  • Rinse off the soap and then towel dry your hands (or let them air dry). You can try patting rather than rubbing your skin when drying your hands.

  • Apply a moisturizer right away - Frequently washing hands, while essential, can also dry your skin and cause irritation in your hands, causing them to become dry and cracked. After washing your hands, you should use moisturizer such as a hand cream to maintain moisture in your hands.

Turn to Sanitizer When Absolutely Necessary

While hand washing is truly the best way to rid yourself of potentially harmful germs, if you don’t have access to a sink or soap you can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. While sanitizer can get rid of some germs it can’t get rid of all germs. Therefore, use sanitizer or sanitizer wipes when you’re on the go but remember to wash your hands as soon as you possibly can. 

Remember to wipe down surfaces in your home and car steering wheel often with sanitizer wipes.

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