HealthiQuiz

Would a Doc Approve of Your Hygiene Habits?

Time to get honest about your dirty little secrets.

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QUESTION 1

How often do you clean wax from your ears with a cotton swab?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Keep the swabs away from your ear

Earwax isn’t the most attractive, but digging it out with a cotton swab can actually push wax deeper in the ear or irritate the ear canal and cause an infection. Plus, that wax is there for a reason: to protect the ear. You CAN gently wipe the opening of your ear with a washcloth, but keep the pointy swabs away from the ear canal.

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QUESTION 2

How often do you wash your bed sheets and pillow cases?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

A weekly wash has major body benefits

In addition to giving you the cozy satisfaction of tucking into crisp, clean sheets, washing your bedding weekly can save you some health headaches. Dust mites (and possibly pet dander) can build up quickly in bedding and can aggravate allergies, asthma, and eczema. Sweat and oil on dirty sheets can also clog pores and lead to acne on the face and back.

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QUESTION 3

How often do you brush your teeth?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Twice a day is ideal

Brushing your teeth more frequently might not hurt, but it’s not necessary. (We’re talking to you, office bathroom teeth brushers!)  The American Dental Association recommends brushing your pearly whites for two minutes twice a day to keep gums and teeth clean and healthy. And don’t forget to keep the brush clean: Store upright between use and replace every three or four months.

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QUESTION 4

Do you eat food that’s fallen on the floor?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Bacteria can transfer instantly

Sorry: The five-second rule is a myth. This quirky saying has actually been tested by scientists, who found that bacteria can transfer to food instantly, including dangerous ones like E. coli. True, the longer food has spent on the floor, the more bacteria it will collect, but even the five-second rule may not be fast enough to keep your food germ-free, especially in highly trafficked areas like an office kitchen.

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QUESTION 5

Hot showers feel so goooood. How long are your steamy showers?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Long showers may dry out your skin

If your skin is constantly dry, itchy, or cracked, you might need to check your skin care routine—and not just what lotion you’re using. As good and soothing as hot showers feel, they can deprive your skin of its natural oils and leave skin as dry as a shriveled-up sponge. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using warm (not hot) water, and limiting your bath or shower time to five or 10 minutes to avoid drying out the skin.

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QUESTION 6

Be honest: Do you ever pick your nose?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Keep those digits out

You probably thought you were okay doing this in the privacy of your home, but it’s not just a manners thing. Picking your nose can transfer germs from your nose to your fingers—and vice versa. Got a booger? Grab a tissue.

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QUESTION 7

How do you wash your face?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

No scrubbing necessary

Washcloths and sponges can irritate the skin, so the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using your (clean!) fingertips to apply a gentle cleanser. Even if you’re having more acne flare-ups than usual, resist the urge to scrub harshly, which may irritate skin more.

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QUESTION 8

In what shape do you trim your nails?

Please Select an Answer.
The doc approves!
Hmm...not the cleanest.

Cut ‘em straight

Keeping your nails groomed can prevent painful breakages, injuries, ingrown nails, or permanent damage. Trim straight across to keep nails from turning inwards and causing an ingrown nail. You can file down the edges to prevent snags.

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Reviewed by: Preeti Parikh, MD, . Review date: Feb. 8, 2018
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