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Do's and don'ts for avoiding infections

Do's and don'ts for avoiding infections
HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR PREVENTION OF COMMON ILLNESSES

 

Follow these tips to help lower your risk of infections:

  Do practice good hygiene

 Wash your hands before handling food, after using the bath-room and after handling pets. Wash your hands often when you have a cold.

  Don't share eating or drinking utensils

 That's a good way to spread infections.

 

   Do cook certain foods thoroughly - especially hamburger - to kill bacteria

 Don't eat raw or undercooked meat or poultry, raw seafood or raw eggs. Don't drink or cook with unpasteurized milk.

Don't drink water that's likely contaminated

 That includes, for example, water from streams or lakes near campsites or hiking trails.

  Don't put your fingers in your mouth or eyes

 Doing so transmits germs.

   Do avoid contact with ticks and rodents

 Stay away from these and other disease carriers.

  Do keep up to date with vaccinations

 They can protect you from life-threatening infectious diseases.

   Do recognize signs of generalized infections

 Signs and symptoms include, for example, fever, sweats and chills. For skin infections, look for redness and warmth.

  Don't delay contacting your doctor if you're sick

 Many serious infections are treatable in the early stages.

   Don't expect an antibiotic each time you're sick

 Antibiotics don't help with some common infections, and over-use encourages the growth of drug-resistant microorganisms.

 

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