How can personal cleanliness prevent sicknesses

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It is best to wash with soap and clean water every day, if possible. Also:

  • wash your hands before eating or preparing food, after passing urine or stool, and before and after caring for a baby or someone who is sick.
  • wash the genitals every day with mild soap and water. But do not douche. The vagina cleans and protects itself by making a small amount of wetness or discharge. Douching washes away this protection and makes a woman more likely to get a vaginal infection.
  • pass urine after having sex. This helps prevent infections of the urine system (but will not prevent pregnancy).
  • wipe carefully after passing stool. Always wipe from front to back. Wiping forward can spread germs and worms into the urinary opening and vagina.
  • Burns, A. A., Niemann, S., Lovich, R., Maxwell, J., & Shapiro, K. (2014). Where women have no doctor: A health guide for women. Hesperian Foundation.
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