9 Health Dangers of Not Washing Your Hands Enough

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By Ann Sullivan

Thoroughly washing your hands is the best way to prevent catching and spreading bacteria causing illness and infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Surfaces we contact daily are full of germs that can breed infection. Everything from the bathroom to raw food in the kitchen contains some form of harmful bacteria. These pose many health dangers and illnesses which could easily be prevented with simple soap and hot water. Here are 9 of the dangers you face when not washing your hands enough.

1) Salmonella Poisoning

Salmonella is a bacterium found in uncooked eggs and poultry. Not only should you wash your hands and clean all cooking surfaces, you should rinse eggs and chicken or turkey prior to cooking. This can prevent the spread of this bacteria, even if cooking eliminates it. If you touch raw poultry, and then touch other surfaces or raw foods, you can easily contaminate them and cause this food-borne illness to spread, which is essentially a form of food-poisoning. Salmonella poisoning is not a pleasant experience. Most of the time the symptoms are mild to moderate, but for someone who has a weak immune system or is elderly, it can be more dangerous. It’s a good rule of thumb to rinse all raw foods. There have been cases where salmonella has been found in lettuce or premixed salads due to contamination at the distribution source.

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