A Laboratory Scientist, Mrs Monica Okoro, has advised Nigerians to take their bath twice daily during the hot season to prevent heat-related diseases.
Okoro, a staff of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH) Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday.
She said that the effect of heat bringing out sweat, which was salt water, combined with other atmospheric virus and bacteria could cause skin-related diseases such as dandruff, eczema and acne.
The expert said that after sometime, the sweat not washed away might lead to an infection that could cause sexual-related diseases, especially in women.
“It is good for everyone to take his or her bath twice daily especially as the heat season gears-up. “However, women should not miss it at all and bathing should be part of their daily routine.
“They (women) should ensure that they wear clothes, especially under-wears made with cotton materials and not nylon materials, to allow free-flow of air,’’ she said.
The expert also urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit of washing their hands and faces to prevent eye itching caused by the bacteria that could come in contact with the eyes through sweat.
“You can do well by washing your face with a mild soap and water to prevent eye itching and acne as a result of sweat and bacteria action on the face,’’ she said.
Newsmen report that most cities are presently experiencing heat due to inclement weather.