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Introduction: Skin disorders are the most common health problems among all age group people. Skin disorders may cause emotional and psychological stress for family members but certain factors which predisposes to skin problems include personal hygiene,type of washing technique , family history of skin infections, traditional taboos etc. Bacteria enters the household washing machine via worn clothes, household linen and influent water,while the laundry process is expected to deliver both visually and hygienically clean laundry.
Aim: The present study aims to assess the skin problems and evaluate the effectiveness of education booklet on usage of household washing machine.
Methodology: One group pre test and post test design was conducted among 60 women s. a random purposive sampling technique was used to select samples. Self administered structured questionnaires were used to collect demographic data and skin problems were assessed by using DLQI scale. Bacterial count in washing machine were assessed with swaps test. Self administered structured questionnaires were used to assess the knowledge on usage of household washing machine. The help of education booklet on usage of household washing machine were taught to women. And after teaching about usage of household washing machine knowledge level were re-assessed.
Results: The present study also shows that the demographic variable age, religion,education status, occupation, income, type of washing technique, duration of using washing machine, family history of skin infections, previous skin infection had shown statistically significant association with the post test level of knowledge on usage of household washing machine among women at p<0.001 level.
Conclusion: The study concluded that the women knowledge level increased after educating with education booklet and also an effective method to prevent further complications that can be caused due to usage of house hold washing machine.
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