Personal hygiene matters a lot. Hygiene is important practice that everyone should adopt. It just not only keeps you presentable but also increase self-esteem. Cleanliness is a part of personal hygiene that is important for you and healthy environment.

Personal hygiene practices that everyone should follow includes:

• bathing or cleaning your body every day.
• washing your hands more often with soap especially after going to the toilet.
• washing hands before eating
• brushing your teeth twice a day (after waking up and before sleep)
• covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief (or your sleeve) when sneezing or coughing.
• getting rid of ear wax
• Shampooing hair thrice a week
• Getting rid of bad breath
• washing your hands after handling pets

Regular personal hygiene practice is one of the best ways to prevent and protect yourself from any infectious diseases. We have seen midst Covid-19 pandemic, WHO recommended some of the guidelines to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Experts advised people to wash hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. They advised to wear mask and keep social distancing when you are around people.

Personal hygiene for women

Self care and hygiene is important for women. Here are some hygiene suggestions for women:

• Menstruation: Change sanitary napkins and tampons every 6-8 hours. Wash your hands frequently before and after handling a tampon or pad.
• Cystitis : Cystitis is a condition occurs due to infection in bladder. Best way to prevent Cystitis is to empty bladder after sexual intercourse in order to flush out the bacteria and reduce the risk of cystitis.

Personal hygiene for Men

Keeping genital area clean is important for Men as well in order to prevent infections. Take shower or clean with water more often.

• Bad breath: Oral hygiene can be maintained with regular brushing and flossing. Bad breath can be caused due to disease of teeth, gums and infections. It can be avoided with chewing gum, mouth wash and mouth sprays.

Practicing good hygiene is beneficial to your overall physical as well as mental health.

By Ulhas