7 Things That Put You More at Risk of Infections

7 Things That Put You More At Risk Of Infections

Health is wealth, so take steps to improve your health. Here are seven things you do that increase your risk of infections:

1. Touching your face consistently. 

Most of us have gotten into the habit of touching our faces throughout the day. Without much thought, we just do it. The problem with this practice is that it is very easy to transfer bacteria and viruses onto our faces. Some of these infections can cause pimples; they can spread to the eyes and cause conjunctivitis, then to the nose and lungs, and cause several lung infections, including Coronavirus.

2. Not washing your hands consistently. 

Washing your hands with antibacterial soaps after using the toilet, shaking someone, or touching household items decreases your chances of spreading infections to your face, to your nose, and other people when you touch them. Get into the habit of washing your hands regularly, and you won’t regret it.

3. Biting your nails.

This is one of those habits that start at a very young age. The fear of talking to older people, answering questions in class, or other anxiety-filled activities can lead to the forming of several coping mechanisms. One of those mechanisms for some people is biting their nails. This habit may make sense when you are nervous, but it’s a nasty habit that can make you sick. Your nails accumulate dirt and germs over a 24 hrs period so putting those nails into your mouth means transferring every germ under your nails into your mouth.

7 Things That Put You More At Risk Of Infections
Biting your nails increasing the risk of infection

4. Unkempt body hairs. 

Your body hair can be a breeding ground for various bacteria and viruses. The less clean you keep them, the more bacteria grow in the mix of them, so develop the habits of cleaning and trimming your beards, washing the hair on your head, and shaving your armpits and pubic hair regularly. 

5. Wearing shoes at home.

Wearing shoes at home may look like the modern thing to do, but the benefits of not wearing shoes at home are way more than we want to admit. One of the health benefits is no transfer of infections from the outside into the house. Our shoes pick up a lot of dirt and germs from the road. A study done at the University of Arizona found out that 93% of shoes have fecal matter and E Coli on the bottom of them.

6. Not taking showers a couple of days in a row.

We shower to wash off accumulated dirt and germs on our skin and to smell good. When you go days without a shower, you transfer the dirt and germs on your skin onto your bed linen and any other clothing you wore during that time, which makes it easy for you to inhale them into your lungs.

7 Things That Put You More At Risk Of Infections
Not taking showers increasing your risk of infection

7. Not cleaning your contact lens.

This habit will cost you your eyes. Clean your lens regularly and wash your hands before you apply your lens into your eyes.


The best action to prevent infections is to take proactive steps to stop its spread, so check the habits that are making you sick and work on destroying them. Also, read about herbal teas that can combat viral infections.