Questions tagged [hygiene]

The set of practices perceived by a community to be associated with the preservation of health and healthy living.

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Are foaming soap dispensers as effective as regular liquid soap dispensers?

I found these foaming soap dispensers on Amazon. The seller says you can use regular liquid soap, diluted: Combine 1 part liquid soap with 5 parts water or Fill with foaming soap solution / ...
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Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpets, shopping trolleys and light switches dirtier than a toilet seat?

Are objects such as towels, bank notes, carpet, shopping trolleys and light switches listed in blogs such as these and these really dirtier than an average toilet seat since Dr Chuck Gerba, professor ...
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Is using saliva as a dive mask defogger dangerous?

When diving, you can use saliva or commercial defog to prevent your mask from fogging. However, according to WikiHow, bacteria in saliva are potentially harmful to your eyes. Beware of using spit - ...
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Does sharing earphones increase the risk of middle ear infections?

A Google search reveals many claims that sharing earphones is unhealthy. Marie Claire magazine provides an example: Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health at the ...
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Do students on paediatrics rotations get sick a lot?

From http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=605542: 3rd years get sick on peds alot. Peds or EM during the winter months pretty much maximizes your odds of getting something. Do ...
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Coca-cola and open water swimming

I've heard it claimed that Coke helps prevent infections. The Independent Some open-water swimmers drink Coke after racing, both for the sugar rush and because it is said to neutralise harmful ...
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Is the health risk of street food less than restaurant food?

From the government advertisements and common media it is common belief that street foods are much less safe than restaurant foods. Yet when reading about street foods in Wikipedia I came across this ...
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Does shaving with cold water produce a closer shave?

The claim is discussed at The Art of Manliness, as quoted from the book Shaving Made Easy (1824): . . . the author argues that the idea that a soft beard gives a better shave is a bunch of bunk and ...
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Does gaunyle, derived from cow urine, work as a disinfectant?

The Times of India reports: Union minister Maneka Gandhi has asked her ministerial colleagues to opt for a "natural disinfectant'' made from extracts of cow urine instead of the "chemically bad'' ...
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Do antibacterial coatings in fridges reduce bacterial load?

Some modern fridges have "antibacterial coating" in their list of features. It is claimed this reduces the levels of bacteria growth. Some people go on the further claim this in turn reduces odour ...
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Is cleaning of teeth necessary for healthier gums?

I found the following passage in Man's Search for Meaning by Dr Viktor Frankl I would like to mention a few similar surprises on how much we could endure: we were unable to clean our teeth, and ...
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Does Coca-Cola kill germs in the stomach?

My friend recently went on a trek where his guides suggested he drink Coca Cola to kill any germs in his stomach, so that he didn't get sick. It's given me a skeptical itch. Is there any truth to this?...