Personal Hygiene In Cold Prevention

One of the most simple and most effective ways to prevent a cold (or the flu and many other infectious diseases) is taking care of your personal hygiene. Here you will find some simple guidelines.

Wash your hands. Washing your hands will not only protect you but will also prevent you from spreading germs. It is recommended to wash your hands with warm, soapy water for about 15 seconds. Keep in mind that roughly 90% of germs reside under your nails. So it is essential to get the soap and water also under the finger nails. Easiest way to do this is to dip your finger nails into a tub that contains creamy soap so that you get soap around cuticles and under the finger nails. After this use soft brush to scrub under the nails, rub soap all over your hands and then wash with warm water. If water and soap are not available use alcohol based hand sanitizer.

After using public lavatory wash your hands and use paper towel to open the door. This way you don’t expose yourself to germs on the handle left by people who are not as diligent washing their hands.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow. Put your used tissue in the waste basket.

Keep your hands of your face. Biting nails, picking nose, touching your eyes – these are all bad habits for many people. They are also habits that give the viruses a welcome mat into your system. Breaking of or resisting these habits isn’t easy but with little effort you can increase your odds of staying healthy and maybe get rid of a bad habit.

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