Personal Hygiene Basics
Personal Hygiene Basics
Personal hygiene is about keeping your
body clean and healthy. Good personal hygiene can make you less likely to become sick.
also helps you look and feel your best.
Wash your hands often
Always wash them after you use the toilet and before you eat or handle food. Wash
more often if you are sick or are around a sick person.
When you wash, use plenty of
soap and work up a good lather. Scrub your hands for at least 15 to 30 seconds
each time you wash. Be sure to clean under your nails and between your fingers.
Keep your body clean
Take a shower or tub bath at
least 2 to 3 times a week.
Clean your genitals, anal
area, armpits, and skin folds every day.
Use moisturizing soap and water. Rinse and dry well.
Don’t put anything in your
ears. Wash behind your ears every time you bathe.
Care for your mouth
Brush your teeth after each
meal. Use a soft brush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush the front, back, and top of
- Brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth.
Floss at least once a day.
Use about 18 inches of dental floss each time. Floss between all teeth.
See your dentist every 6
months (or as often as you’re told) for a dental checkup.
Care for your nails
If you have diabetes or bad
circulation (vascular disease), check with your healthcare provider about correct
Keep your nails trimmed and filed. Clean underneath them daily.
Cut toenails straight across. Trim them to just about the tip of your toe. Don’t cut
If you can't care for your
own nails, ask others for help.
See your healthcare provider
if you have any health problems with your scalp, mouth, skin, hands, or feet.
Keep your feet clean and dry.
Wear clean socks as often as possible.
Use moisturizing lotion to
keep your skin soft and prevent cracking and peeling.
Women should always wipe from
front to back when using the toilet.
- If you have diabetes, your skin and feet need special care. Ask
your provider about skin care and foot care.
Online Medical Reviewer: Barry Zingman MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Online Medical Reviewer: Raymond Kent Turley BSN MSN RN
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