Keep your hands away from your
nose, eyes, and mouth. These are the places where viruses are most likely to
enter your body.
Do not smoke or use other tobacco products.
Smoking irritates the mucous membranes of the nose, sinuses, and lungs, which
may make them more susceptible to infections. For more information, see the
If you live in an area that
has problems with air pollution or smoke from wildfires:
Stay indoors and avoid breathing in smoke,
ashes, or polluted air.
Do not exercise outdoors if you smell smoke
or notice irritation of your eyes, nose, or throat.
Keep your motor
vehicle windows rolled up and the vents closed when driving.
Avoid cleanup activities, such as raking leaves or
Avoid exposure to chemicals. Do not spray or apply
chemicals unless you are wearing protective clothing, such as a
particle-filtering respirator, safety goggles, and gloves.
This information is produced and provided by the National
Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
Institute via the Internet web site at http://
.gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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