Simple Protection Tips Against Superbugs

by Sheela Philomena on  May 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Superbug CRKP is the latest emerging strains of drug-resistant bacteria. Dr. Daniel Uslan, assistant clinical professor of infectious diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA suggests simple precautionary measures to fight against drug-resistant superbugs.

1) Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

2) Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

3) Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

4) If you are seeing your doctor for a bad cold or flu, discuss the use of antibiotics with your physician. If its a viral infection, antibiotics aren't effective and will only add to the problem of antibiotic resistance.

5) If your doctor determines that you do not have a bacterial infection, do not pressure your doctor to prescribe antibiotics. Instead, ask about methods you can use to reduce your symptoms.

6) Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your physician, even if you feel better.

7) Do not save leftover antibiotics for the next time you become sick.

8) Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else.

9) In the hospital, ask if health care workers have washed or sanitized their hands before working with a patient.

10) Take special care to keep clean and cover and protect scrapes and cuts when in a high risk environment like a health care facility since some germs can spread this way as well.

Source: Newswise

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