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As a teen, what is the best way to avoid getting colds?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Bribes, high-fives, and love notes aren’t the only things that pass from hand to hand. Germs do, too. Stop a second and think about how many things you touch that other people have touched immediately before you: sink faucets, door handles, gas pumps, money machines, railings, other people’s phones or hands, the cash register tape, and your sandwich. It’s the most common way that infections can be passed: You touch someone or something, then your hand touches your mouth, nose, or eye. Turns out that the typical American touches his face with his hands more than fifty times an hour. The best thing you can do to prevent spreading (and receiving) germs is to wash your hands regularly. Soap and water will separate bacteria from your hands, and keep them from entering your system the next time you touch your mouth or nose. In times when sinks are hard to come by, it’s a good idea to stash some antibacterial gel with you. Rub in a dime-sized squirt to kill bacteria. Also, make sure to cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not your hands--that way, the germs won’t spread when you touch something afterward. Next on the list is to manage stress, get great sleep, eat healthfully, exercise regularly, and enjoy chicken soup.

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