Daily activities that might seem inconsequential as well as the contact with certain spaces demand special attention. Illnesses such as influenza, onychomycosis, Athlete’s foot or gastroenteritis can be prevented through the application of simple personal hygiene steps.

Illnesses and conditions triggered by the lack of personal hygiene

Health professionals consider that the practice of personal, family and community hygiene is fundamental in order to avoid or combat a wide range of diseases. With the arrival of rainy seasons, respiratory illnesses such as malaria, dengue and other epidemic outbreaks rapidly spread.

Additionally, such seasonal changes in many cases increase the predisposition to the contagion of flu and colds. These diseases cause fever, mucus, cough, headaches and malaise in a variable period and intensity. However, it is possible to help the body to combat these illnesses by means of a good personal hygiene practices. These include cleansing your hands with at antibacterial gel before eating or after using public transport.

A disease produced by dermatophytes that reduces the quality of life of many is known as Athlete foot. It mainly affects the spaces between the toes and on the sole of the inferior limb. Although the most obvious symptom is a bad odor that emanates by the infected area, it also involves the presence of small scales on the skin. This condition is caused by poor personal hygiene. It can be alleviated through a regular cleansing with soap and clean water and by means of the use of fungicide products inside shoes.

There is no minimum age for a woman to suffer from a vaginal infection, since there are bacteria and fungi waiting for the right conditions to reproduce and spread. The most common symptoms of this illness include irritation and burning when urinating, itching and the appearance of a thick white or yellow and sometimes smelly substance. To avoid this disease it is necessary to regularly wash the female genitalia and cleanse it after using the bathroom.

Gingivitis is a mouth disease that is usually triggered by bacteria causing inflammation and bleeding on the gums. To prevent this illness it is important to avoid the accumulation of plaque by means of an optimal daily brushing of teeth and tongue. It is also recommendable the regular use of dental floss.

Dangerous diseases that can be countered by means of an optimal hygiene

Dehydration is the most dangerous consequence of a case of diarrhea. Water and electrolytes are lost through fluid depositions, vomiting and sweating. If such losses are not restored, the body is unable to recover its balance and heal. For that reason, this disease is responsible for thousands of deaths every year. Bacteria responsible for this kind of illness can be present in products we buy or in any surface that we touch.

One of the most dangerous types is known as bacterial diarrhea which is characterized for the expulsion of more than 3 fluid depositions. It is caused by infectious microorganisms that enter the body when eating contaminated foods or drinks. The most common agents responsible for this condition include Escherichia coli and Campylobacter jejuni. The best way to avoid this illness is through regular and effective personal hygiene practices.