Washing your hands often and well is an important step in preventing flu and other illnesses. But the way your dry your hands can unintentionally spread bacteria.
If you think you’re getting extra protection from an antibacterial soap, you might be surprised to learn that these products offer no special prevention against germs — and may be harmful.
If you have ever have a stomach ache that makes you wonder about food poisoning, pay attention to how long symptoms last. Poisoning from Escherichia coli — better known as E. coli bacteria — often mirrors a viral infection, but many times is more severe and persists longer.
Germs are found in all kinds of places, and not all germs are bad. What are the germs to avoid and where do they hide?
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Lemon or lime wedges can perk up your drink or add a touch of flavor to your water in a restaurant. However, those drink garnishes can easily be contaminated with bacteria. Depending on whether they wear gloves or wash their hands carefully, restaurant employees can spread bacteria when they prepare the slices. “People enjoy having … Read More
The “good bacteria” in our gastrointestinal tracts has gotten a lot of attention lately, but our guts aren’t the only places that host good bacteria. Our noses, sinuses and nasal passages contain similar colonies of beneficial bacteria. The bacteria in these areas are starting to move into the spotlight as more research is done on … Read More
Spending time with others brings a lot of joy during the holiday season, but it can also bring germs along the way. Parties, travel and shopping all include risks of picking up an illness from someone else nearby. The first rule of protecting yourself against picking up bacteria and viruses is: Be smart about what … Read More
“Any time you have a large group of kids, you’ll have germs,” says Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Amy Sniderman, MD. Even at the cleanest day-care centers, kids inevitably put dirty hands and toys in their mouth, rub their eyes or otherwise pick up any number of “day-care diseases.” According to Dr. Sniderman, the most common are: … Read More
Updated 10/10/2014 A rare virus similar to the common cold is infecting U.S. children across the Midwest and West. While the virus is rarely deadly, some children — especially those with asthma or other cardiorespiratory diseases — are at risk for developing serious problems. We talked with pediatric pulmonologist Giovanni Piedimonte, MD, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Institute … Read More
One infection that’s common during cold and flu season may surprise you: conjunctivitis, often called pink eye. This inflammation of the conjunctiva — the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps keep the eyelid and eyeball moist — can be caused by a virus, bacteria, allergens or irritants. One of the reasons pink eye … Read More