When do you need to wash your hands? | AP
By ALAN KELLYSource Associated PressJanuary 6, 2019 05:13:26When you get wet, you might as well wash your face.
Washing your hands is an important part of daily life.
But there are other things to consider if you’re feeling especially dry.
Wash your hands often.
It can help keep your hands fresh, keep the mucus in your mouth, and protect your hands against cold and flu viruses.
Wet hands are also less likely to get infected with colds, pneumonia, or the flu.
And if you can avoid wetting your hands, washing them often won’t take as long as washing them every day.
“The wetness of the hands will be less than if they’re dry, so you won’t get colds or any other infections,” says Dr. Scott O’Leary, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.
“You don’t need to do anything that is strenuous or physically demanding.”
If you’re unsure of how much water you should use, try using a plastic bottle or a sponge.
“If you use a plastic tube, it will not be able to take up all of the water, so there will be some water left over,” says O’Connor.
“If you do a sponge or a plastic cup, it’s much more convenient, because you can use a spoon and a finger, and it won’t go down to your fingers.”
Washing a dry hand with a hand towel will make your hands a little bit easier to clean.
It also helps keep the surface of your hands cleaner.
“There’s no reason that a wet hand is better than a dry one,” O’Donnell says.
“You just need to be more careful about the way you clean your hands.”
A little hand washing isn’t the end of the world if you have a cold or flu.
The same thing can happen if you don’t wash your fingers regularly, says Olloyds assistant professor, Dr. Steven Olloyd.
“In the first week, your hands will get pretty clean and dry, and you will get some virus-fighting bacteria and some antifungal bacteria that help your immune system,” Ollayds says.
“So if you wash them often, they’ll be doing a lot of work, and they’ll probably be killing more viruses.
If you wash only a little, you’ll still be able stop the virus from going into your system.
That’s the most important thing.”
So wash your hand regularly and it will be OK.
If it’s a little dry, though, it can help to do some extra dry-washing.
You should also wash your mouth regularly.
“For mouth infections, you’re really going to want to get your hands thoroughly cleaned,” OLLOYDS says.
That means using a hand sanitizer, or hand sanitator spray, which are both available at most drugstores.
“To get the most out of it, you need something to get the virus out of the mouth,” he says.
You can also use a cotton swab or a wet sponge, which both work, but they’re not going to be as effective as hand sanilizers.
You’ll also want to wipe your hands dry, then wipe them again with a cloth to prevent the virus getting into your skin.
“That way, it doesn’t get into your mucus membranes and then go straight to the mucous membranes,” Olloys says.
Some people may be allergic to the bacteria that cause colds.
To help avoid it, use a hand mask to keep your hand dry, Olloys suggests.