This is the time of the year when colds and flu viruses run rampant. Many winter illnesses are blamed on these bugs. But there are other culprits. Beware of the unsuspecting:
Pillows - They harbor dust mites, the most common cause of non-seasonal allergies and asthma. They feed on flakes of human skin that can be found deep within your pillows. A safety measure can be to use zippered pillow covers and/or buy new pillows yearly.
The Vacuum Cleaner - Regular vacuuming of the carpet can help reduce allergy or asthma symptoms. However, older model vacuum cleaner models can expose you to airborne allergens, expecially if you smell the particulates as you vacuum. Reduce your exposure to allergens by using a vacuum cleaner that has a high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter. You can also wear a mask when you vacuum.
Cleaning Sponges - Did you know that sponges are actually some of the dirtiest objects in the home? This is because sponges provide an ideal environment for bacteria to flourish. To help prevent this from occurring, instead of using sponges, use clean dishcloths or towels which can be cleansed in the washing machine after use.
Computer Keyboards - Researchers have found that work desktops have 21,000 germs per square inch, compared with 49 germs per square inch on office toilet seats! Also your desk and phone are places where you can pick up germs that make you sick. The remedy is to wash your hands often, avoid touching your mouth and nose, and use an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your keyboard.
Fingernails - Those busy fingers have nails on them that harbor dirt and germs. You can run the risk of getting ill from the germs under your fingernails or developing a nail infection. To prevent this, keep your fingernails clean by washing under the nails when you wash your hands, don't bite your nails, don't cut your cuticles, and make sure you use clean manicure tools on your nails.
Shoes - Shoes can pick up and carry germs, pesticides, and other toxins, all of which can make you and your household sick. To cut down on the number of germs and toxins brought into your home, request guests and family members to remove their shoes before entering your house. Or at the minimum, make sure they wipe their shoes on a mat before coming in.
These are just a few potential enemies to our health. The list is obviously longer than this, but let's not be paranoid, just cautious. Good health to you.!
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