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Do’s and don’ts for avoiding infections

Some diseases have become immune to the antibiotics we use. As a result, controlling diseases and preventing infections from spreading are more crucial than ever, and doing so begins with measures every individual can take.Follow these tips to help lower your risk of infections:
Do wash your hand

Wash your hands frequently – especially before preparing food, before eating, and after using the restroom & after handling pets. Wash your hands often when you have a cold. Insist that your health-care providers wash their hands and use gloves, especially before any invasive treatment or procedure.

Don’t share eating or drinking utensils
That’s a good way to spread infections. Don’t eat raw or under cooked meat or poultry, raw seafood, or raw eggs. Don’t drink or cook with unpasteurized milk.
Don’t put your fingers in your mouth or eyes

Doing so transmits germs.

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 of an infection include 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 many common infections, and overuse encourages the growth of drug-resistant microorganisms.

Keep away from people with illnesses

Steer clear of anyone with symptoms of a cold, flu, sore throat or vomiting, and avoid kids who may have been exposed to childhood infections like chickenpox. If you visit shopping malls or movie theaters, go during less hectic times whenever possible.