Hygiene tips you were afraid to ask about...
by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR
Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.
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Information from the Arthritis Foundation and the National Institutes of Health
Use a long handles sponge or brush to scrub. Shower benches or tub benches are helpful.
If you don’t have access to one of these, a webbed lawn chair will work. This helps provide a place to sit and makes getting into and out of the tub easier.
Nonskid safety strips, rubber bathmats, and grab bars are mandatory. Grab bars are useful for getting into and out of the tub/ shower.
While in the shower, use a shower caddy to hold your shampoo, razors, etc., so you don’t have to bend down.
Terry cloth bath mitts are useful tools. You can always have somebody stitch together two face cloths. It’s easy to then put the bar of soap on the mitt and lather up.
Consider a shower spray attachment that has a length of hose. This makes rinsing off simpler.
Faucets that use levers instead of knobs you have to twist are easier on the hands.
After you dry yourself, put a terry cloth robe on to soak up the excess moisture.
After you get out of the shower, use a long-handled brush or comb if you have elbow restrictions.
Make sure you install grab bars next to the toilet as well.
A raised toilet seat is also useful if you have difficulty getting up. Sometimes I’ve seen people use a commode to help them get up from the toilet.
Build up the handles of toothbrushes. Use electric appliances to help with oral hygiene. There are dental floss holders that make it easier to floss.
Press down with the heel of the hand on toothpaste pumps. If you use tube toothpaste, there are devices that help you get the toothpaste out.
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