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Tip of the Week #4

Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, coughing into your hand or after helping a child with a runny nose.

Tip of the Week #1

Eighty percent of common infections can be spread by the hands. Handwashing is the best way to stop the spread of infections.

Tip of the Week #2

Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, before and after changing diapers or helping a child use the toilet.

Tip of the Week #9

Plain soap is just as good as antibacterial soap in preventing infections, but does not lead to antibiotic resistance. There is no advantage in using antibacterial soap.

Tip of the Week #7

Expect your doctor, dentist, nurse or therapist to wash their hands before they examine you.

Tip of the Week #8

There is no need to use antibacterial soap! Antibacterial soap attacks all bacteria, both good and bad, and can cause bacteria to become resistant to antibiotics. Plain soap effectively removes bad germs from the skin without leading to antibiotic resistance.

Tip of the Week #15

Fluids, rest and acetaminophen are the best way to treat colds and the flu. Although you will usually feel better in 4 – 5 days, it may take as long as three weeks to completely recover.

Tip of the Week #40

If you have influenza (flu), stay home until you are feeling better and avoid going out except to seek medical attention.

Tip of the Week #27

Most coughs are due to viruses. Antibiotics will not help! Sometimes a cough can be due to pneumonia. If your doctor suspects pneumonia, an X-ray should be taken and antibiotics may be prescribed.

Tip of the Week #25

Fifty percent of children who have ear infections will still have fluid behind the eardrum after one month. This is not a reason to give antibiotics.