Spreading disease and sickness is incredibly easy; a simple hand touch from a sick person or brief contact with an infected surface can spread germs to your body. Fortunately, preventative protection from diseases and illnesses will only take 20 seconds out of your day, which is a small price to pay for better health.
Here are some everyday preventative steps you can take to decrease your chance of catching a nasty bug this season.
Preventative Health Tips
Wash Your Hands –
The old adage goes without saying; regularly washing your hands with antibacterial soap is a surefire way to prevent yourself from getting sick. Our hands touch dirty surfaces every day, and we frequently use them in interpersonal interactions like shaking hands or hugging. Make it a habit to wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, touch a door handle or shake hands. Avoid touching your nose or mouth if you have dirty hands as this is the primary way germs and bacteria infect people. If you must cough or sneeze, do so in a tissue, personal handkerchief or the crook of your elbow. If you’re sick, you’ll be less likely to infect other people this way.
Use Antibacterial Hand Gel –
Antibacterial hand gel is a fantastic way to eliminate germs while you’re on the go and far away from a bathroom or sink. Most antibacterial gels have an alcohol base, which is the active ingredient in eliminating harmful bacteria and germs. Keep in mind that overuse of hand gel can cause bacteria and germs to become resistant, so use it sparingly. Additionally, alcohol-based hand gel can dry and crack hands with overuse. Use lotion shortly after applying hand gel to soothe irritated or dry skin.
Clean Surfaces with Antibacterial Wipes –
Just because no one has touched a surface doesn’t mean there are no germs or bacteria on it. Many germs are capable of transferring through the air and landing on surfaces and objects, which can infect you when you touch them. Use antibacterial wipes to clean desktops, counters, keyboards and computer mice to eradicate germs. If you have children at home, you can clean their toys and play surfaces with them – most wipes are non-toxic and safe to use.
Get Comprehensive Treatment with One Community Health
Some viruses are just too strong and prevalent around us for even the best preventative habits to effectively ward them off. When you get sick, turn to comprehensive treatment services from One Community Health. Our team of compassionate, highly-trained medical professionals provides robust medical treatment services ranging from preventative medicine to prescriptions, immunizations, and routine checkups.
At One Community Health, we establish relationships with our patients and keep them fully informed when creating individualized care plans. Contact us today to schedule an appointment so we can kick your illness to the curb.