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Depends: Is your goal to simply have ordinarily clean hands, or are you performing surgery or some other procedure where sterility is critical or have you hands been in some infected or filthy place. A good active soaping and rubbing for 30 seconds or so will usually suffice. You can apply gel, or alcohol agent to insure sterility if needed. ...Read more
Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by doing handwashing and keeping surfaces clean. Plz list the cleaners and describe the practices?
I have autoimmune neutropenia - my husband has novovirus - is there anything I should do to protect myself other than handwashing?
Wash hands....: All members of the house should be good about frequently washing of hands (hopefully there are doing this always while you are neutropenic). Typically the infections we most worry about with neutropenia are bacterial related, but if you got a fever because of the norovirus you would most likely need to get evaluated (depending on how low your neutrophils counts are). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do some people get c-diff after stopping antibiotics due to not practicing hygiene/handwashing etc.- not realizing they're still at risk for while?
Clostridium dfficile: C. diff is not caused by stopping antibiotics but is an opportunistic infection that happens because of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can eliminate a lot of the normal bacteria in the colon allowing C. diff to begin to take effect. Once a person has C. diff they are at increased risk of developing it again with any antibiotic. ...Read more