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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 #7

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

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.

Tip of the Week #26

In patients with viral bronchitis, 45% still have a cough after two weeks, and 25% still have a cough after three weeks. Be patient; it takes a long time for your body to get over a virus.

Tip of the Week #28

Sinusitis is caused by viruses up to 200 times more often than bacteria.  A yellow or green drainage from the nose does not mean you have a bacterial infection!

Tip of the Week #32

Antiseptics are products that kill germs on the skin. Hand sanitizers are actually antiseptics. Be sure to use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol as the only active ingredient.

Tip of the Week #29

Using antibiotics when they are not needed is an unnecessary risk. You can carry resistant bacteria in your body for up to two years. Do not use antibiotics for colds and flu and for most cases of bronchitis.

Tip of the Week #31

Bacteria are complex living organisms that digest nutrients, divide and multiply. Antibiotics work by attacking these life processes. Viruses are much simpler and do not carry out life processes on their own. Because they are simpler, viruses do not have targets that antibiotics can attack. That is why antibiotics work against bacteria, but not against viruses.

Tip of the Week #30

Bacteria have antibiotic resistance when they cannot be killed by an antibiotic. Remember it is the bacteria that are resistant NOT YOU! Even very healthy people who have never taken antibiotics can become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria from other sources.

STOP! Clean Your Hands Day 2022

This national event is taking place Thursday, May 5, 2022 and will coincide with a global initiative of the World Health Organization, “Save Lives: Clean Your Hands.”

To learn more go to: STOP! Clean Your Hands