Q. What are the hand hygiene instructions one should follow without fail?

Answered by
Dr. Lakshmi Priya
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 08, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have had OCD about washing hands for many years and have some doubts regarding hand washing.

1. When we wash hands and have created lather on our hands, is the scrubbing more important or the contact time with soap more important?

2. If the hands are visibly covered with a good lather, and some part is not scrubbed thoroughly, will the contact with soap molecules kill viruses, or would it not work because of no scrubbing?

Kindly help.

Thank you.



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Hand washing has seven steps. Please refer to the world health organization (WHO) guidelines for handwashing with soap and water. Both scrubbing and contact time are important. But do not wash hands very frequently unless exposed to contaminated areas. Otherwise, we may lose the good bacteria in the skin, which act as a barrier preventing infections. Also, it may remove natural oil from the skin and cause damage to the epithelium and expose it to germs. Wash hands only when necessary.

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