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If I wash my hands regularly, can I decrease the likelihood of contracting the common cold?
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Let’s practice preventive measures which keep cold viruses from entering the nose.
Remember to wash hands after contact with cold sufferers and objects and surfaces that may have been contaminated. Keep your fingers out of the eyes, nose and mouth. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid catching a cold. This simple habit requires only soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

In brief: Yes
Let’s practice preventive measures which keep cold viruses from entering the nose.
Remember to wash hands after contact with cold sufferers and objects and surfaces that may have been contaminated. Keep your fingers out of the eyes, nose and mouth. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid catching a cold. This simple habit requires only soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Dr. Michio Abe
Dr. Michio Abe
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The flu (influenza) and common colds are viral infections.
Washing one's hands after touching other people, or after touching objects that other people touch (knobs, railings, handles, phones, keyboards, etc...), can remove viruses from one's hands so there will be less chance of getting sick from the flu or the common cold. However, too much handwashing will cause an eczema rash on the hands.

In brief: Yes
The flu (influenza) and common colds are viral infections.
Washing one's hands after touching other people, or after touching objects that other people touch (knobs, railings, handles, phones, keyboards, etc...), can remove viruses from one's hands so there will be less chance of getting sick from the flu or the common cold. However, too much handwashing will cause an eczema rash on the hands.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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