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  • There are countless measures at the home you can take to avoid infections. However, always remember that there are some good bacteria too so try and be cognizant that antibacterial products will not necessarily be the best cleaning solution for you. Practicing the handy tips above will help you stay healthy but not totally bar you from the germ exposure you need to develop a better immune system either
  • Diet and nutrition can actually help with outbreaks of the herpes virus. Foods like fresh garlic have anti-viral properties which could combat the frequency of outbreaks. Choosing foods high in the lysine amino acid is also beneficial. A nutritionist is your best resource for an anti-herpes outbreak diet while your doctor can help you with anti-viral remedies.
  • If you are fond of tattoos, be sure the tattoo parlor you choose practices cleanliness and have passed inspection. There have been cases where innocent people go in for a tattoo and come out with hepatitis or worse, HIV. All because the needle used was not properly sterilized and cleaned. You cannot contract HIV or AIDS by simple contact like a hug, handshake or even sharing a glass. Basically, intimate contact of bodily fluids through sex or needle use is the two primary ways.
  • Because viruses cannot be treated successfully by antibiotics, there are other ways to treat RSV. The chance of dehydration is great so fluids are promoted. And because RSV affects the respiratory system, oxygen is often needed for easier breathing. For those individuals with a higher susceptibility, antiviral medications are often tried like Ribavirin.
  • Infection control is not just practiced in hospitals; it is practiced in any health care facility. This includes dental offices, animal shelters, laboratories, school settings, doctor offices and even nursing homes. Any location where some type of medical care is given should have infection control measures in place. The job of an infection control officer or department can be quite thankless. There are countless details to know and implement so continuing education for a person or people in that position is ongoing. It pays off to be diligent when it comes to learning about new strains or outbreaks as well as revolutionary tools and treatments to stave off infection.
  • Proper hand hygiene involves washing the hands and wrists with warm water and soap. The soap should be lathered up for at least 30 seconds and thoroughly rinsed off. The hands should be dried via a paper towel or air drier. And if soap and water is not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used by applying a dollop in one hand. You should rub the hands together, getting in between fingers, under fingernails and even up to the wrist until the sanitizer is dry. The Safe Care Campaign believes that if everyone who enters a hospital room washes their hands first before approaching the patient, more than half of the nosocomial aka hospital acquired infections could be prevented.
  • There are no vaccines yet for SARS but scientists and health officials are working on it. Treatment typically consists taking care of the symptoms although some anti-viral drugs are being tested for effectiveness. The bottom line is that SARS is a tricky disease that can appear practically anywhere in the world. And because it is just as contagious as the common cold, that makes it all the more dangerous.
  • The regular influenza vaccine can help in fighting the avian flu should you actually beat the overwhelming odds and contract it. While it won't prevent it 100%, the shot will give you the immunological tools to fight it. The shots help prevent both type A and type B flu strains and the avian flu is part of the type A family. Washing your hands, particularly after handling any type of bird is a wise move. Also cooking your poultry products properly should be another preventative measure. Other than smart hygiene practices, there is not much else you can do to protect yourself from the latest bird flu strain.
  • The six steps above are just a few of the many things to contemplate when faced with a possible pandemic. Who knows? This may never happen but it is always helpful to be prepared and feel secure with yourself that you have a workable plan to see you and your family through a difficult time.
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil is an effective and yet more natural way of repelling insects This insect repellant is great for those who enjoy more natural, organic products. This oil comes from the lemon eucalyptus plant and the active ingredient which makes this alternative competitive with DEET is called PMD. Experts advise however that lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used on young children, only teens and adults. Studies show that this oil is as strong as DEET in lower concentrations like 30-50%, which makes it an ideal alternative to people who want to eschew chemicals.
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Avoid Infection By Maintaining a Healthy Home
Herpes and Its Impact on Health
Preventative Program for HIV and AIDS
RSV and How to Prevent this Disease
Infection Control in Hospital Settings
Prevent the Spread of Infection
Lowdown on SARS
the Possibility of Bird Flu Pandemic
The Basics of Pandemic Preparation
Infection By Avoiding Mosquitoes
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