Questions tagged [hygiene]

Questions pertaining to conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, esp. through cleanliness.

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Why handwash should last for 20 seconds or more?

General WHO recommendation says that handwash should last for 20 seconds or more. Why not 15, why not 30? What could be the biological relevance of the recommended time period?
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Is it dangerous to share toothpaste? [closed]

Can a person get some dangerous disease (Hepatitis, HIV, etc) from another person by sharing a toothpaste with them?
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What do we know about the connection between SARS-CoV-2 and meat plants? [closed]

In the last days we get news from all over the world that "meat plants" are severely hit by Covid-19 outbreaks (Ireland, Poland, Canada, US). We also know that the "wet market" in Wuhan played a ...
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For best hygiene, should we use hard block/bar soap or bottled soft soap?

The accepted answer in When is hand sanitizer appropriate/sufficient in place of warm water and soap? mentions that you should avoid bar soap yet the link provided no longer says this. I have heard ...
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Seboorrheic Dermatitis, Fungi, Environmental Factors

How can seborrheic dermatitis not be caused by poor hygiene as the assotiation for dermatology said? Wouldn't poor hygiene at least aggravate the condition? The treatment is mainly antifungal. And ...
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Can this product kill coronavirus?

I'm really really confused what product to buy to clean my laptop body to disinfect it from coronavirus. Like most doctors say use 60-70% alcohol based sanitizers to clean your hands. So does it ...
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What kind of health effects do beards have, if any?

Do having beards have any health effects? I suppose it depends on the type and the hygiene of the beard, e.g., having a very long, dirty beard might create a suitable environment for bacterias to ...
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Looking for an alternative for aloe vera oil for hand disinfectant

Due to shortages of supplies I need to make homemade alcohol based disinfectants. Basic recipe (and first one) was to add aloe vera (which I don't have) or some kind of essential oil (which also I do ...
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Do potassium alum and ammonium alum have known negative effects on health?

Mineral deodorant seems to be commonly made entirely of potassium alum or ammonium alum (the latter may always contain 1% or so water). I've found these products extremely effective in preventing body ...
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Can adults get new gut bacteria from external exposure?

I am not a student nor professional in medicine or physiology. I understand that newborns get their gut bacteria during childbirth from the contact with the mother (I am going to assume this happens ...
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Why people wash their hands before dinner even if they eat with utensils and not hands?

Many health professionals advocate washing hand before dinner. But is it necessary if we do not use our hands to directly touch the food we are going to ingest? Can bacteria move from our hands along ...
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How is a beard dirtier than a toilet?

Is it true that beard is more dirtier than toilet? Does someone has any specific answer? I read it in a website (https://www.speakingtrees.in/your-beard-is-dirtier-than-a-toilet-health/), but I am not ...
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Replacing bedding and underwear for hygienic reasons

Many sites claim that bedding and underwear should be thrown away for sanitary reasons every few years (the exact recommendation varies between sites and clothing/bedding type). This, regardless of ...
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Alternatives to Talcum powder for personal hygiene?

Since Johnson & Johnson was sued for being unable to warn customers about Cancer risk of using Talcum powder for personal hygiene, what are the alternatives? In India?
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How often should I clean my apartment? [closed]

I understand that opinions differ viz cleaning frequency for subjective reasons: for example, some hate seeing dust, others don’t mind; some clean mostly for social reasons. But are there some ...
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Disclosing agent for showering?

Dentist have disclosing tablets that are chewed to teach/give feedback on the effectiveness of tooth brushing. Is there a disclosing agent, that for example, can be sprayed on before showing? This ...
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Do toilet bleach tablets prevent the spread of enteric diseases?

I am not a huge fan of adding bleach tablets to toilets, but my wife and I have experienced an unfortunate increase in stomach-related problems since we had children. Despite our attempts to regularly ...
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Where do you even start going into the world of physical health?

Such a general question, and if this gets closed, I completely understand. But, I seriously need some guidance here. I have made a decision to put a considerable amount of effort into my own ...
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What's the Right Amount of Conditioner to Use for Thick, Male Hair?

I tend to use almost a handful, but I don't know if that's dumb. I don't have long hair, either. On the top, I cut to 8 or 7, usually, and that's the longest I have it.
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How does one effectively/safely clean-out or wash their belly button to prevent omphalolith-umbolith (navel stones)?

This may sound silly, but a few weeks ago, I received a gag gift in a White Elephant gift exchange and received a belly button brush brush like this: It was good for a few laughs, but it got me ...
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How to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide? [closed]

What methods are to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide effectively? And is it safe?
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Should I wash dental floss pick before passing on the next teeth?

Very simple question, which I checked is not answered here., so please, don't link that question. I'm using a dental floss picklike this one, or this one. I use it normally, passing in between teeth ...
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How often should I shower?

For people who work daily and workout 6 days a week, how often should they shower? I'm concerned about damaging the skin by soaps, chemicals, or just water. Is it ok to change clothes twice a day? ...
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Is it ok to not wash a contact lens?

My contact lens fell out onto a relatively clean surface. I picked it up and put it back into my eye without washing my hands or the contact. There were no visible particles on the contact and the ...
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How to clean out all the earwax buildup in ears from hearing-aids if hearing-impaired? Q-tips are unsafe, right?

I was born with congenital bone fusions in several places in my body, one of those places are in the set of three small bones (malleus, incus, and stapes) in both my ears. Because they are fused, they ...
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What causes smelly feet?

I suffer from smelly feet, which is very annoying particularly because I am in a new relationship. I have tried many OTC/home remedies to prevent this, but this doesn't really help. According to this ...
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Washing hands after going to the washroom to prevent epidemy

There is widespread agreement that one should wash its hands after going to the washroom. However, a large fraction of the population does not wash their hands. These types of signs became fairly ...
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Any benefits (or harms) for hair removal (beyond possible aesthetic reasons)?

I hear a lot about hair removal (anything and everything) and its possible benefits, particularly in terms of sweating and odor control. However, I also hear people suggesting that hair removal (...
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What is the effect of soap on a blister?

Assume that you have a blister on a finger. It's open. Is there a problem if you wash your hands with soap (for instance liquid soap in a public toilet)? What could be the effect of soap on a blister? ...
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Brushing teeth before or after breakfast

Usually in the morning I brush my teeth after breakfast. But my dentist told me that it's better not brush them right after eating food, because eating makes them soft. So now I brush my teeth before ...
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Can Aluminium Chlorohydrate in anti prespirants cause breast cancer? [duplicate]

I read an online article about Aluminium being linked to breast cancer. So I did a little research and found some articles claiming there is no solid evidence. Sources- www.m.webmd.com/skin-problems-...
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Are homemade toothpastes as effective as industrial toothpastes?

There are a lot of recipes in the internet of homemade toothpastes (see this link or this link as examples). Most of the recipes remark the benefits of using these toothpastes to promote ...
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Is there evidence that the over-avoidance of germs weakens our immune system?

Is there evidence that the over-avoidance of germs weakens our immune system? Or vice versa: Does the under-avoidance of germs strengthen our immune system? For some reason I hold the opinion that ...
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Why are some dentist-recommended products not accepted by the ADA? [closed]

I've wondered this for a long time now, and I think ACT Restoring Mouthwash is a good example of this: If you look at the front label it says "#1 Dentist Recommended Fluoride Brand" on it, and the ...
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Is dry urine sterile?

I'm male, and I've noticed that when I urinate, there's sometimes a small amount of splatter which hits my legs and pants. I try to avoid this, but it seems impossible to avoid entirely. Once dry, is ...
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Do the usage of antiperspirants causes cysts

Does the continuous usage of antiperspirants causes cysts if so what happens if the person continues to use the antiperspirant will it result in any other side effects worsening the condition.
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Is there any health benefit or detriment from bathing?

I want to begin by making it clear that I shower at least once per day, wear deodorant at all times, and while I am not a neat freak, I take care of my personal hygiene. I am asking this question out ...
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Teeth brushing technique: what to avoid, and how is it better done?

By "better done" I mean more efficiently and without causing harm to gums, teeth, and other parts of the mouth. By what to avoid I'm referring to things that can harm, or not be effective. There's a ...
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Facial hair hygiene recommendations

What is the best way to stop beard dandruff? I wash my face regularly with Detol anti-bacterial soap, and for my hair and beard, I use a wide range of Pantene Pro-V products for my hair and beard (...
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What are some ways to stop and prevent acne?

I sleep on my back and have acne there. What can I do to keep the acne from getting worse and prevent future acne from developing? (I'm not sure if sleeping position matters.)
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In which order to put on a mask, a gown and to disinfect when visiting a hospital patient?

I’m daily visiting a patient in a hospital who has a high risk of infection. Before entering her room, I’m required to put on a gown and a face mask, and to disinfect my hands. The gowns and masks ...
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Natural ways to stop/delay hairloss?

I'm 28, male, and the hair above my forehead started to fall about 2 years ago and my scalp is finally starting to shine out. I believe this has to do with genetics etc. but still, are there any ...
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Wound precautions in public facilities?

I bicycle quite a bit, and recently had a crash where I have some fairly extensive road rash on my hip, knee, calf and shoulder area. While most are fairly scabbed over, the ones on my shoulder and ...
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