- By Deb Balzer
Infectious Diseases A-Z: When to skip holiday parties
Mayo Clinic infectious diseases specialist Dr. Pritish Tosh says, "When you are around a lot of people, you’re going to be around some people who are sniffling, and certainly cold viruses can be spread from person to person. People don’t want to miss the holiday festivities and so they may come a little sick, or bring their kids who are a little sick, because no one wants to miss a party. But then, of course, that puts you at risk of giving or getting everyone else’s infection. And so ideally, if you’re not feeling well, try not to go."
And, Dr. Tosh reminds you to keep washing your hands and use good respiratory hygiene.
"If you have to cough or sneeze, do it into your elbow rather than into your hands so that we’re really limiting the spread of germs," he says.
- Drink plenty of liquids. Choose water, juice and warm soups to prevent dehydration.
- Rest. Get more sleep to help your immune system fight infection.
- Consider pain relievers. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), to combat the achiness associated with influenza. Don't give aspirin to children or teens because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a rare but potentially fatal condition.
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