Snow is ready to fly once again in Utah and that means many of us will spend more time indoors. Unfortunately, being inside close to others can increase chances of catching a virus or bacterial infection.
Colds happen after we come in contact with contaminated surfaces, such as a computer keyboard or mouse, utensil, doorknob and then touch our eyes or mouth. We can also become infected by breathing in an air-borne microbe.
What are some precautions you can take this year? The physicians at South Valley Ear Nose & Throat offer some practical advice on how to stay more healthy during the chilly winter months.
Wash hands frequently. Using plenty of soap and warm water is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of virus or bacteria entering your body by way of the nose or mouth.
Wipe down the surfaces you and your family use frequently. One of my favorite products are Clorox Wipes. I try to wipe down doorknobs, sink handles, toilet areas, telephones and game consoles.
Many people do not realize how many germs hide within toothbrushes. I recommend periodically changing your toothbrush especially after a cold or flu. You can even clean a toothbrush using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.
One of the easiest things to keep healthy is drinking plenty of water. When your body stays hydrated, all your systems are well lubricated and can properly do their job–especially your immune system.