Washing hands is the most common hygiene habit of all and since we have grown up listening to our parents, or in school, the importance of this practice to prevent illnesses and propagate germs.
This is also suggested by the different Centers for Disease Control in the United States, where they indicate that keeping hands clean is "one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick."
However, during the last decade there have been other speeches that indicate that disinfecting too much, we could diminish our natural barrier of resistance to bacteria that are even necessary. This is explained by some investigations and some experts on the subject.
To this end, we must ask ourselves, how should we immediately wash our hands and whether to use disinfecting or not? For our luck, the American media HuffPost has talked with some people specialized in this matter, those who give different views about handwashing but at the same time agree that we should not abuse the frequency .
for Richard GallAcademician and founder of the dermatology department at the University of California in San Diego, for example, washing your hands every day will not leave you unprotected, but doing so too much if you have risks. "What science says is that the normal (healthy) bacteria that live on the skin are very important and the washing does not eliminate them, because when you are born, bacteria appear to enter your skin and stay there forever, but if you begin to exaggerate, your skin begins to dry and that does not eliminate healthy bacteria", Explain.
The ideal, then, is Wash your hands every time you go to the bathroom, when we return home after taking the collective locomotion, using money, etc. and a daily shower".
Along the same lines, Samer Blockmon, Piedmont Healthcare based in Georgia, USA, indicates that excessive washing makes you vulnerable. "If you wash your hands too often, you are also eliminating healthy fats and good bacteria that defend you from diseases"He warns.
For example, when we use excess alcohol gel to disinfect our hands, our skin can crack and this opens the door to harmful bacteria.
How to know if I'm washing my hands too much?
The most common signs, according to Gall, are usually:
* Flaky skin
"Basically if people wash their hands and these look good, then probably they are not doing too much"He added.
Let's clear doubts: when should I wash my hands yes or no?
A study by the Michigan State University revealed that 95% of people do not wash their hands properly after going to the bathroom, Which can undoubtedly cause the spread of germs and bacteria that contribute to diseases.
In this framework, William Schaffner, Specialist in infectious diseases of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Vanderbilt, recommends "Wash your hands with warm water and always use soap because it emulsifies the bacteria, wrap them around and bring them with it through the drain".
A curious fact? Karen Salmansohn, an expert in wellness, says that singing twice "For many years" is the time that this practice should last.
Blockmon also adds: "You have to wash before meals and if you are sick and cough in your hands, before and during the preparation of meals".
If you think to touch the face or have sex, it is also advisable to wash your hands, according to Susie Wang, Chemist specializing in skin care.
However, if you are inclined to pick up a pencil from the floor or give a cup to your pet, nothing happens if you do not get rid of it, after all there are bacteria everywhere and we have lived with it all my life .