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Products you think are healthy, but aren’t
    2015-09-04  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    YOU buy these products with the best intentions: antibacterial soap to kill germs, toothpaste to prevent cavities, a humidifier to relieve sinus congestion. But everyday items like these can trigger your allergies, leave you with a skin infection, or cause other problems if used incorrectly. The good news: the fixes are simple, super quick, and keep you safe.

    Your loofah

    It might make your shower nice and sudsy, but you wouldn’t believe what’s hiding in the nooks and crannies of your loofah. “These act as a perfect environment for growth of bacteria, fungi, and mold,” says Jessica Weiser of the New York Dermatology Group. Any small open wounds are at risk for infections, from impetigo to folliculitis, she says.

    Stay safe: Loofah lovers, don’t worry — you can still use one. Choose one made with natural fibers — they have enzymes to control bacteria, mold, and mildew growth — and replace it every month. Rinse thoroughly and wring out all the water after each use, and store the loofah in a cool, dry environment.

    The humidifier

    Hooking up a humidifier can bring you much-needed relief from cold-weather ailments like stuffy nose and dry skin. The downside: if not cleaned properly or often enough, humidifiers can grow mold and pathogens, spewing plumes of the stuff into the air, says Miguel Wolbert, medical director of West Texas Allergy in Midland, Texas. Plus, having too much moisture in the air can turn your home into a breeding ground for dust mites, a problem if you suffer from indoor allergies.

    Stay safe: After running the humidifier at night, don’t just turn it off and let it sit. Freestanding water left in the bowl is what will accumulate mold. Empty and dry it out completely.

    Stuffed animals

    What could go wrong with the impossibly cute and cuddly toys you use to comfort your little kids? “These are a magnet for dust mites,” says Dr. Wolbert. And dust mites are the biggest culprit in indoor dust allergens, setting off sneezing, runny nose, and red, itchy eyes. Dust mites living in your kids’ stuffed animals can prompt allergy attacks in anybody in your household.

    Stay safe: Keep one or two on your kid’s bed and keep the rest on a shelf. Trade them out every couple of weeks, he suggests. Or, wrap them in a plastic bag and stash in the freezer overnight — the cold kills mites.

    Cotton swabs

    Even though it’s gunky, wax exists to protect your delicate inner ear structures from dust and debris. So it’s healthy, but if it builds up, it can cause an ache or annoying feeling of fullness. That’s why you might routinely dig out whatever’s in there with Q-tips, something doctors don’t recommend. “If you accidentally place the Q-tip anywhere past the ear canal, you can push wax further in and even perforate the ear drum,” says Sujana Chandrasekhar, director of New York Otology in Manhattan.

    Stay safe: Forget the cotton swab. “There’s no reason to clean out any of the gunk from your ears except the part that can be removed by sweeping the pad of your index finger in the opening of the canal,” Dr. Chandrasekhar says. “Any wax deeper than that is actually doing a nice job of protecting your ears already.” If you do have an earache, see your doctor for any remedies.

    Antibacterial soap

    For so long we’d scrub up, aiming to kill germs at every turn. But as it turns out, antibacterial soaps are ineffective at best, says Elaine Larson, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University. A decade ago she authored a double-blind randomized clinical trial comparing households that used antibacterial products to those without them. The result? There was no difference in the rates people got sick. At worse, antibacterial ingredients like triclosan may spur antibacterial resistance.

    Stay safe: Wash up with plain soap and water, period. And scrub well — it’s the friction between your two hands that physically removes germs and sends the buggers down the drain, says Larson.(SD-Agencies)

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