Prevention Of Bacterial Infection

Prevention Of Bacterial Infection

Prevention Of Bacterial Infection
There are many steps you can take to help prevent infection from bacteria. Practice good hygiene, such as frequent hand washing. Fortify your immune system with healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Avoid close contact with people who are sick with a contagious infection from bacteria. And only take antibiotics when needed to avoid developing resistance to antibiotics in the future.

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    Typhoid fever can be prevented by planning ahead. If you're planning on traveling to a country where typhoid fever is an issue, getting a vaccine may be a good idea. Vaccines can be taken by mouth or injection, and they usually protect you from infection for at least two years. When traveling in countries where typhoid is a problem, make sure you wash your hands a lot. Don't drink any water that's not bottled or purified, including the water used in ice cubes and in brushing your teeth. Also, try not to eat raw fruits and vegetables-instead, choose foods that are served extremely hot since any bacteria will likely have been killed.

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    There are a handful of ways you can prevent yourself from getting bacterial infections, most of which apply to secondary bacterial infections as well. The first is simply washing your hands. Since most infections come from contact, keeping your hands germ-free will help keep them from entering your body. Vaccinations are also crucial in preventing bacterial infections, especially in children. If you do find you have a virus, stay home and rest. Contact with other people is an easy way to pick up bacteria, so avoiding them will certainly help. Finally, do not travel when you are ill - with so many people confined in a small space on a plane, it is easy to pick up a secondary infection.

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    A , Dentist, answered
    No!! Band wind musical instruments cannot be sterilized with disinfectant fluids from the music store. Sterilization is the complete killing of all microbes: bacteria, yeasts, molds, viruses, and their spores. Ethylene oxide has been found to be the only way to sterilize the instrument without hurting its parts. Disinfection is a reduction in the numbers of microbes; however, it may not be sufficient to reduce the numbers of germs to prevent disease transmission.

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    If your baby gets formula, choose infant formula sold in liquid form, especially when your baby is a newborn or very young. Liquid formulations of infant formula are made to be sterile and should not transmit Cronobacter or other infections if handled properly after opening.

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    Dysentery can be prevented by limiting exposure to the bacteria that often cause the disease. The best way to limit exposure is to drink, bathe, and swim in only clean, uninfected water. Using good hygiene can also help prevent dysentery. People with dysentery should wash their hands well with soap, particularly after using the bathroom, to prevent the spread of infection.

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    Dr. Leigh Vinocur - How can I avoid getting sick from bacteria in swimming pools and seawater?

    To keep from getting sick from bacteria while swimming -- first, don't drink the water! says emergency medicine specialist Dr. Leigh Vinocur. Watch the video to learn more about staying healthy around water.


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    An essential part of preventing the spread of infection in the community and at home is proper hygiene. This includes hand-washing and cleaning shared items and surfaces. Antibacterial-containing products have not been proven to prevent the spread of infection better than products that do not contain antibacterial chemicals.

    Although a link between antibacterial chemicals used in personal cleaning products and bacterial resistance has been shown in vitro studies (in a controlled environment), no human health consequence has been demonstrated. More studies examining resistance issues related to these products are needed.

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    Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to reduce your exposure to bacteria during flying and minimize your chance of being sick on your trip.

    • Practice good hand hygiene. Pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your carry-on and use it early and often (after getting seated, before and after eating and drinking, and when you return from the restroom.) This step alone will reduce your chance of getting sick by 50%. 
    • Wipe your worries away. Bring along sanitizing wipes and clean your tray (which can harbor the dangerous MRSA bacteria) and handrails.
    • Be wary of the bathroom. Airplane bathrooms are some of the germiest places around. Wash your hands afterward, use a paper towel to open the door when you leave, and then slap on hand sanitizer when you're back in your seat.  
    • Arm your immune system. North American ginseng is a promising botanical product used to ward off flu. Populations that take it appear to have a lower incidence of viral spread. Try to be well rested and have any chronic conditions well under control before you travel. 
    • Aim the air. Make a fist with your hand and place it directly over your chest, then aim the air vent to blow onto it. That will give you the best airflow to protect you from being exposed to an infection.  
    • Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will not only help your membranes to stay moisturized, but it will help keep you from developing potentially fatal blood clots in your legs, which crop up because staying immobile in a tiny space slows circulation. Also get up and walk the aisle once an hour.  

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    The term epidemic is generally used to refer to a marked increase in the incidence of cases and/or rate of spread of an infectious disease that is endemic to a particular area or population. Historically, bacterial diseases such as anthrax, bubonic plague, and cholera were prominent causes of infectious disease epidemics. Today, viral diseases such as AIDS, SARS, and various forms of influenza are widely reported causes of infectious disease epidemics. Other non-infectious diseases are sometimes referred to in epidemic terms.

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    Drum roll, please… The germiest item in your household is… ironically…the item used to keep things clean. You guessed it, kitchen sponges and dishrags. NSF International (an independent public health organization) conducted a study and discovered that the kitchen sponge was by far, the germiest!  Believe it or not it harbored 150 times more bacteria, mold and yeast than a toothbrush holder. 77 percent harbored coliform bacteria, and another 86 percent contained yeast and mold. Even scarier, 18 percent contained staph bacteria staph germs like those that can cause dangerous MRSA infections (yikes!!!). Some of other germs that were found on a kitchen sponge were Salmonella and E.coli which could make you sick however, the good news is that most of the “stuff” found living and breeding in your kitchen sponge will not. (whew!)

    3 CAAL Sponge Cleaning Tip: Microwave your wet sponges once a day for two minutes, and replace it every two weeks. If you use a rag, toss it in a hot washing cycle every day or two.

    Are you ready for the Top 10 germiest items in your home? Here we go:

    1. Cutting Boards
    2. Stove Knobs
    3. Kitchen Counters
    4. Pet Toys
    5. Faucet Handles
    6. Coffee Makers
    7. Pet Bowls
    8. Toothbrush Holders
    9. Kitchen Sink
    10. Kitchen Sponge/Rags
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