Friday is Global Handwashing Day and a perfect opportunity for Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos to remind you washing often is the best way to reduce your risk of a wide range of diseases and infections, including food-borne digestive issues, respiratory illnesses like seasonal colds and flu, and skin infections of the feet such as plantar warts and athlete’s foot. Do you know when and how to wash your hands?
When to Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Here are some times you should be sure to scrub well:
- Toileting: Wash before and using the bathroom, and yes, even if it’s a “quick visit.”
- Meals: Wash before and after preparing food or handling raw meat and before and after eating or taking out the trash.
- Helping others: Wash up before and after aiding another person in the bathroom, changing a diaper, or assisting with any first aid or health care.
- Pets: Wash your hands after petting, playing with, or feeding your pet, as well as any time you have to handle its waste.
How to Wash Your Hands
Do you know how to wash your hands for optimal health? Be sure to:
- Wet hands well with warm water.
- Use plenty of soap and create a rich lather.
- Scrub the palms, backs of the hands, between the fingers, and under the nails for at least 20 seconds.
- Dry with a clean cloth or paper towel.
Are you worried that you have contracted an infection of the skin on your feet, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a visit with experienced podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, in our modern, comfortable Ravenswood office. Call the friendly My Chicago Foot Expert staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.