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Tips for Preventing Infection

  • Wash your hands often, especially before and after eating or using the bathroom. Remind your visitors to wash their hands.
  • Tell friends and family who are sick, or have had a live vaccine recently, not to visit. Do not accept fresh or dried flowers or plants.
  • Clean your mouth after each meal and at bedtime. (Follow Tips for Preventing Mouth Problems)
  • Bathe or shower daily, using a mild soap. Moisturize with lotion to prevent cracks in your skin. Use care when trimming nails.
  • Clean your rectal area gently and thoroughly after bowel movements.
  • Do not use tampons or douche.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables very well. Do not eat undercooked or raw foods.
  • Walk in the hallways every day. Breathe deeply if you cannot walk in the hallways. Do not smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Your nurse or doctor will tell you when you need to wear a mask.
  • Let your doctor or nurse know right away if you:
    • feel warm
    • have chills or start shaking
    • have a new cough or trouble breathing
    • have burning or pain when urinating
    • Redness, swelling, soreness or drainage from any body part such as sinuses or mouth.
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    Disclaimer: All Information provided is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice for your specific condition.