Cold and flu season in the US is in full swing. Between now and springtime, millions of people will have to deal with symptoms that include running nose, sneezing, head and chest congestion, and gastrointestinal problems.
The best way to avoid contracting a cold or the flu is to avoid people who are already infected. And while most of us can’t hibernate in our homes all winter until the danger is passed, there are things you can do to reduce your chances of catching a cold or flu.
Tamarac Dentist — Wash Your Hands Frequently
Maintaining proper sanitation and personal hygiene is always important, but it’s especially critical during cold and flu season. During the winter months, you should wash your hands using an anti-bacterial soap more frequently.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes with your hands. Colds and flu usually are spread through contact. So if your fingers or hand become contaminated with the cold or flu virus, you can avoid getting introducing it into your system if you wash your hands and don’t touch your face, mouth, or eyes.
If you see people with obvious symptoms such as sneezing or coughing in public places like the grocery store, school, or gym, do your best to give them a wide berth. Droplets of liquid from sneezes and coughing can become airborne and can infect you even if you are a few feet away from the person.
Most importantly, if you begin to show symptoms yourself, try to stay home and avoid people until they pass. In many instances, symptoms may last only a few days or a week.
Tamarac Dentist — Visiting the Dentist
If you have a dentist’s appointment during the cold and flu season, you don’t need to worry.
Because we are a health clinic, our dentist’s office is one of the safest places you can be during cold and flu season. We take extra precautionary steps to avoid contamination of our facilities and equipment. And our employees are knowledgeable about controlling the spread of germs, including the proper use of gloves and masks.
If you are feeling symptomatic and aren’t sure if you should keep your appointment, just call us. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Keeping people safe and healthy is our top priority.