It’s during the school year and in the wintertime that children are inside most often, leading to a higher susceptibility to spreading germs to each other. Here are 5 things you can do this year to make sure that your children stay healthy and avoid the flu and other similar illnesses all together.
With a parade of germs constantly following you around, one of the healthiest and easiest habits that you can adapt is remembering to wash your hands. Not only does washing your hands prevent spreading germs to other people, it also keeps you from spreading germs to yourself. You should always wash your hands before eating and especially after you have used the restroom—even in your own bathroom, every time.
Don’t let winter take all the blame for dry skin this season! You may think its frigid temperatures are the cause of flaky skin, cracked palms and chapped lips, but in fact it’s due to the low humidity level in your home.
When it comes to pet allergies, man’s best friends may often be his worst enemies. Numerous times a day, I come across patients who end up being allergic to a favorite animal or are concerned that they may be allergic to their pet. Before you start pointing fingers at the dog for a family member’s allergy symptoms, you must be sure not to wrongfully accuse an innocent pet.
Germs are everywhere. Every time you shake someone’s hand, touch a door handle or borrow computer or cell phone, you are spreading and receiving germs. Germs are found in places that we normally don't think of as being unclean.
This year more than 50 million Americans will sniffle, wheeze, cough, or scratch their way through a bout of allergies. Some suffer from short-lived seasonal allergies, while others suffer all year long-usually in response to foods, pets, or the dust mites that take residence in all of our mattresses and pillows. An unlucky few will suffer from a combination of the two. Dr. Beth Corn, of the department of Clinical Immunology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, talks about who gets allergies, how to know for sure when it's allergies, and the rare occasions when they can be life threatening.