Wash your hands frequently during cold
and cough season. This may help prevent some upper respiratory infections that
cause glands to swell.
Measures to decrease your risk of infection
Keep your skin clean.
Wash with lukewarm water and a mild soap or
cleanser. Do not use soaps and skin cleansers that contain irritating
Rinse your skin thoroughly after you wash it, and gently
pat it dry.
Wash soon after participating in activities that cause
you to sweat.
Do not use skin care products that contain oil,
because they may clog your pores. Instead, use water-based skin care products.
Read the labels on products, and look for the terms oil-free or
Do not squeeze, scratch, drain, or puncture a
painful lump. Doing this can irritate or inflame the lump, push any existing
infection deeper into the skin, or cause severe bleeding.
irritation by wearing soft, cotton clothing or moleskin under sports equipment
(if possible). Parts of equipment (such as chin straps) can rub your skin and
irritate it. Adjust your clothing so that belts and straps or elastic from bras
or underwear do not rub against your skin.
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July 24, 2013
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