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How To Reduce Risk Of Infection In The Bathroom

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In the bathroom

  • Take a warm (not hot) bath, shower, or sponge bath every day. Pat your skin dry using a light touch. Do not rub or tug your skin.
  • Clean your rectal area gently but thoroughly after each bowel movement.
    • Ask your doctor or nurse for advice if the area becomes irritated or if you have hemorrhoids. (Baby wipes are one suggestion)
    • Check with your doctor before using enemas or suppositories.
  • Close toilet lids before flushing. 
  • Men: 
    • Consider switching to an electric razor to avoid cuts you can get from using a blade. 
      • Warm your skin first with water or a hot towel.
      • Rinse afterward with warm water.
    • If you must use a manual razor:
      • Keep it sharp
      • Always rinse after use
      • Shake off excess water without wiping
  • If possible, use a separate toilet. Toilets harbor bacteria. If you cannot use a separate toilet, it is advisable to at least wipe down the toilet before you use it.

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