Personal hygiene

Many diseases and conditions can be prevented or controlled through appropriate personal hygiene[1][2][4]. Good hygiene is also helpful for personal appearance and improving self-image. Having dirty clothes, body odor or bad breath can lead to discrimination which over time can result in reduced well-being and even mental problems[3][5][6][7].

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I always wash my hands before eating and after going to the toilet.
I am particularly careful with hygiene when I have the cold or influenza.
I cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
I do not let pets kiss or lick my face.
I wash my hands after having been in contact with animals.
I brush my teeth every day.
I regularly floss my teeth.
I keep my nails short and I trim them often.
I do not bite or chew nails.
I shower or take a bath at least 3 times a week.
I wash my hair with soap or shampoo at least once a week.
I change into clean t-shirts, socks and underwear every day.
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      • [1] Body Hygiene - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View
      • [2] UK Department of Health. Essence of care: benchmarks for personal hygiene 2010. Available from: View
      • [3] Liao Q, Cowling BJ, Lam WW, Fielding R (2011) The influence of social-cognitive factors on personal hygiene practices to protect against influenzas: using modelling to compare avian A/H5N1 and 2009 pandemic A/H1N1 influenzas in Hong Kong. Int J Behav Med. 2011 Jun; 18(2):93-104. View
      • [4] Holt GR (2012) Importance of personal hygiene techniques in public health. South Med J. 2012 Jan; 105(1):5.
      • [5] Griffiths J. (1998) Meeting personal hygiene needs in the community: a district nursing perspective on the health and social care divide. Health Soc Care Community. 1998 Jul; 6(4):234-240.
      • [6] Weyant R. (2009 ) Interventions based on psychological principles improve adherence to oral hygiene instructions. J Evid Based Dent Pract. 2009 Mar; 9(1):9-10.
      • [7] Newton JT (2010) Psychological models of behaviour change and oral hygiene behaviour in individuals with periodontitis: a call for more and better trials of interventions. J Clin Periodontol. 2010 Oct; 37(10):910-1.
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