Hand hygiene includes nail hygiene which is a representation of our personal hygiene. Our fingers and toes' ends are protected from injury by our nails which also make it easier to pick things up. It is very vital to take proper care of our nails and keep them clean. Since we in India eat with our bare hands, maintaining good nail hygiene is very essential; otherwise, hand hygiene is insufficient. If not taken proper care, nails can develop into a haven for bacteria and other germs. This might lead to major health problems like bacterial and viral infections. Regular hand washing is considered to lower the incidence of diarrhea by up to 40%, respiratory issues due to viral infections by up to 21% and gastrointestinal diseases in children by up to 57%.
Good nail hygiene is not that tough to maintain. The health of our nails can be maintained with a little knowledge and maintenance. As part of good hand hygiene, it's important to carefully clean and trim our fingernails which can harbor bacteria and contribute to the development of some infections like pinworms etc. As longer fingernails harbor more dirt and bacteria than shorter ones due to their length and also promotes the spread of illness. Thus, keeping our fingernails short and washing periodically with soap and water on the undersides is a good practice to maintain the nail hygiene.
Below are the DoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s and DonÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ts for maintaining proper Nail Hygiene-