Upper respiratory infection - viral; Cold
Here are five proven ways to help lower your chances of getting sick:
- Always wash your hands: Children and adults should wash hands after nose-wiping, diapering, and using the bathroom, and before eating and preparing food.
- Disinfect: Clean commonly touched surfaces (such as sink handles, door knobs, and sleeping mats) with an EPA-approved disinfectant.
- Choose smaller daycare classes: Attending a day care where there are six or fewer children dramatically reduces the spread of germs.
- Use instant hand sanitizers: These products use alcohol to destroy germs. They are an antiseptic, not an antibiotic, so resistance can't develop. A little dab will kill 99.99% of germs without any water or towels.
- Use paper towels instead of sharing cloth towels.
The immune system helps your body fight off infection. Here are six ways to support the immune system:
Review Date: 02/17/2011
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine.