I agree with Lora that washing your hands with soap is more effective. I once took a class for my job at a grocery store where they told us that you can kill the bacteria on your hand when you wash them with soap and warm water for about 30seconds. If you think about 30 seconds it doesn't seem too long, but count the time next time you wash your hands and I bet it seems like 30seconds are like 5minutes. LOL I read a similar article a while ago and they also talked about not being too obsessed with using anti-bacterial cleanser in the house. They kill all the bacteria and weaken the immune system.
I only heard of gargling with salth water, but I have never done that. When I have a bad cold I add one or two drops of mint oil to water and drink it slowly. It is gross, but it seems to help.
Edited by: TIBI183 at: 10/13/2012 (22:36)
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I would say that washing your hands with soap and water (regular soap) is a better choice than using hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is good for when soap & water is not available, but is not a substitute for regular handwashing. I'm kind of shocked that getting enough sleep was also not on the list. If you don't get enough sleep, you reduce your ability to fight infection. Simple, but true.
I like the bit about gargling and rinsing the nose (saline nose spray) This is also simple and yet effective. It's all about washing the virus off--just like you wash your hands (except without soap)
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