Even if you had to, wearing a mask yourself and requesting the patient to cover his mouth and nose with a handkerchief whenever he sneezes or coughs wouldnâ€™t be a wrong thing to do. After all, everybody in a family cannot afford to fall sick together. Thereâ€™s got to be someone healthy to look after the one who is ill. Sharing pillows or combs is known to increase the incidences of dandruff because the fungi and bacteria from one personâ€™s scalp get transferred to the comb or pillowcase and then happily move on to the scalp of another unsuspecting person, when he uses the same.
Sharing the same plate or glasses when eating or drinking is another common practice. Most people claim that this spreads love and increases bonding, but the truth is that it spreads more germs than love and increases your bond with diseases. Every personâ€™s saliva is host to several microorganisms that may not cause any disease in that personâ€™s body, but when another individual consumes a food item or drink that is contaminated with someone elseâ€™s saliva, there is every possibility that he will fall sick.
In developing countries like India, especially in low-income families, siblings tend to share clothes, towels, and hankies. This habit should logically be discouraged because a large number of skin infections, both fungal as well as parasitic, get easily transmitted. Ringworm is the commonest fungal infection that spreads this way, while scabies and pediculosis (body lice) are the parasitic ones that are commonly met with. The biggest problem is that the disease stays in the family as each of the members play passing the parcel with it. The vicious cycle gets broken only when this sharing is stopped and all the members are treated simultaneously.
- Get wiser this winter!
- Get Rid of Dandruff
- Indiscriminate use of corticosteroids can be dangerous
- An Online Health Record to keep you on line!
- An itchy scalp is often due to dandruff
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