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Dangers of not Washing Hands

We come in contact with germs, many bacteria and other contaminants all day. Here’s why you need to wash hands many times a day.

Mind Body By Editorial Team / Sep 11, 2014

Why Washing Hands is Important?

We come in contact with germs, many bacteria and other contaminants all day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, washing hands is the best way to prevent infections and illnesses. Here’s why you need to wash hands many times a day. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Cold and Flu

Shaking hands with a person who has been coughing and sneezing puts you at risk of cold and flu. Washing hands is quite effective to avoid the spread of microorganisms that cause influenza and common cold. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Food Poisoning and Gastro-enteritis

Poor hand hygiene can transmit campylobacter, which is the main reason behind food poisoning and gastro-enteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestine). It is spread by eating or drinking contaminated food, water or unpasteurised milk. Pets in your home can also spread the campylobacter bacteria. Make sure that you wash your hands after you come in contact with them. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Impetigo is a contagious infection of the skin that usually starts with poor hand hygiene. More common in children than adults, impetigo is characterised by redness that develops into small blisters. (Image source:Gettyimages)

Hepatitis A

Practicing good hygiene is the best preventive method for hepatitis A. The disease develops when an infected person does not thoroughly wash his or her hands or handles food consumed by others. The highly contagious viral liver infection is characterised by fatigue, yellowing of the skin, dark urine, nausea and vomiting. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Handling raw chicken, uncooked eggs, etc can spread salmonella to other foods or contaminate the hands. The transmission can give one stomach pains, loose stools, and sometimes, nausea and vomiting. Make sure to wash hands when handling these foods. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Shigellosis is a bacterial infection that spreads because of the inappropriate hand washing technique or by ingesting food contaminated by infected people. The symptoms of this bacterial infection include watery diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and fever. (Image source:Gettyimages)


Giardiasis transmits as a result of hand-to-faecal contact or by drinking infected water from untreated sources. The illness of the intestine develops symptoms such as gas, cramping and diarrhoea. Proper hand hygiene can help prevent giardia in humans. (Image source:Gettyimages)

The Bottom Line

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, one way to prevent the spread of germs among children and adults is to encourage everyone to wash their hands with soap and warm water. Disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers can also be used. (Image source:Gettyimages)


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