Public health officer cautions women to avoid soap

Public Health officials at the Kiambu Level 5 have cautioned ladies against using perfumed soap while bathing as it exposes them to unnecessary infections.

Mr. Stephen Njeru the Kiambu Sub-County disease surveillance coordinator in the public health department said reproductive body parts for ladies were extremely sensitive and that women should be careful when bathing so as to cushion themselves from contracting infections that can be avoided.

Female private parts have microorganisms, known as micro biome that fight germs and bacteria around them. So when a woman uses soap to clean the body parts, she actually kills the micro-biomes, thus exposing her body to all sorts of infections he said.

During the years he coordinated the surveillance docket, he revealed that most people were not aware of the dangers that soap caused to their bodies.

He expressed concern that both men and women did not have adequate information on how to go about cleaning the genitalia and the anal sphincter which were private and very sensitive parts of the body which required extra care.

Dr. Njeru explained that applying soap to these areas can cause the mucosal lining in these areas to become dry and unhealthy. If chronically dry mucosal lining can lead to a number of infections and anal fissures which are irritating.

Mr. Njeru regretted that people ignored advice such as this until when reality caught up with them. They only realize that they have been doing an injustice to their bodies after experiencing the irritation and seeking medical advice that result from the use of soap, he said.

Some people say that one can use unperfumed soaps which do not have side effects but I say that no soaps are good for such areas and one should just use a clean piece of cloth and clean water (preferably warm) to wash Njeru confirmed that it is okay for one to wash their bodies with soaps but not their private parts and especially ladies.

According to a research on goggle, it is a good idea to avoid perfumed soaps, gels and antiseptics as this can affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pit levels in the private parts and cause irritation. One should use plain unperfumed soaps to wash the area around the vulva gently but this applies for only those people who wash with perfumed soaps and not notice any problems.

Source: Kenya News Agency