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What to Toss (and Keep) When You're Sick

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    MziziMkavu JF-Expert Member

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    Toss: Sneakers
    If you had: Athlete's foot.
    Most gym shoes can be sanitized in the wash, but if you've had recurring bouts, give them the boot. Fungus can survive a long time in dark, moist places like sneaks.

    Toss: Emery Boards
    If you had: Nail infection.
    They're difficult to sanitize, so use a new one if you're a regular nail filer.

    DIY: Give yourself a pro manicure at home.

    Toss: Contact Lenses, Lens Case, and Eye Makeup
    If you had: Eye infection.
    All are bacteria magnets. Also, avoid sharing linens and towels when sick.

    Top 10 worst things for your immune system.

    Don't Toss: Lipstick/Lip Balm
    If you had: Cold sore.
    It is caused by a virus that stays dormant in your nerves for life, so you can't reinfect yourself by swiping on your favorite gloss.

    Don't Toss: Toothbrush
    If you had: Cold or flu.
    No studies show using one after you've been ill will make you sick again (you've likely built up immunity to the viruses). Always rinse your brush thoroughly, let it air-dry, and replace it every 3 to 4 months.

    The worst places for your health.

    Don't Toss: Underwear
    If you had: Yeast infection.
    Not necessary—a hot-water wash is enough to kill germs.

    *Sources: Paul Betschart, DPM, Board-Certified Podiatrist in NYC; Chris Pataluch, OD, Optometrist in Fort Wayne, IN; Naheed Ali MD, Lecturer at Pennsylvania Institute of Technology; Alan Weiss, MD, Internal Medicine Physician at the Cleveland Clinic; Rebecca Booth, MD, Gynecologist in Louisvill; Richard Price, DMD, Massachusetts-based spokesperson for the American Dental Association.

    Don't Get Sick! Learn Simple Tricks to Keep Germs Away!

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