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Old 02-13-2018, 11:52 AM
 
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I read something on FB and wanted to know your thoughts....

I know that if you irrigate your sinuses, it helps to keep bacteria out of your nose, and helps you to avoid colds. And it makes sense, if your sinus is clean, it is harder for bacteria to multiply in there, right?

I read that, a nurse suggested that if you buy an anti-bacterial ointment, and take a Q-tip and put a bit around the inside of each nostrils, it might help avoid flu bacteria from entering in thru the nose?

What do you think?
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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I read something on FB and wanted to know your thoughts....

I know that if you irrigate your sinuses, it helps to keep bacteria out of your nose, and helps you to avoid colds. And it makes sense, if your sinus is clean, it is harder for bacteria to multiply in there, right?

I read that, a nurse suggested that if you buy an anti-bacterial ointment, and take a Q-tip and put a bit around the inside of each nostrils, it might help avoid flu bacteria from entering in thru the nose?

What do you think?
Flu and colds are viral, not bacterial, and an anti-bacterial ointment in your nose will do nothing to prevent them.

It is not possible to sterilize your sinuses by irrigating them. The bacteria found there will just regrow. Irrigating too much can remove the protective layer of mucus and actually create problems.

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/feat...ros-and-cons#1
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:33 PM
 
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Flu and colds are viral, not bacterial, and an anti-bacterial ointment in your nose will do nothing to prevent them.
Sigh....too bad someone has to keep clarifying the difference, but thanks anyway.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Sigh....too bad someone has to keep clarifying the difference, but thanks anyway.
It's a bit disturbing that a supposed nurse did not know the difference.
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Old 02-13-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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Sadly, too many "read something on FB" and think it's true instead of using common sense, doing their own research, etc.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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It's a bit disturbing that a supposed nurse did not know the difference.
Suzy this has been in the news recently and could help protect large gathering places like malls and hospitals: Can UV Light Fight the Spread of Influenza? - Columbia University Medical Center. If it is true and it does no damage to humans; possibly it could even come into schools and homes?

Maybe it will put me out of business? It's time for me to retire permanently!
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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Suzy this has been in the news recently and could help protect large gathering places like malls and hospitals: Can UV Light Fight the Spread of Influenza? - Columbia University Medical Center. If it is true and it does no damage to humans; possibly it could even come into schools and homes?

Maybe it will put me out of business? It's time for me to retire permanently!
Well, UV light is often used to de-contaminate drinking water. I've lived in houses using UV light treatment systems.
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Old 02-13-2018, 03:58 PM
 
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Suzy this has been in the news recently and could help protect large gathering places like malls and hospitals: Can UV Light Fight the Spread of Influenza? - Columbia University Medical Center. If it is true and it does no damage to humans; possibly it could even come into schools and homes?

Maybe it will put me out of business? It's time for me to retire permanently!
Interesting!

Schools, maybe. It would seem to be more practical for areas where large numbers of people mingle.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Well, UV light is often used to de-contaminate drinking water. I've lived in houses using UV light treatment systems.
In our pharmaceutical industry, before you enter our controlled grade 'D', 'C' and 'C+' areas; our uncontrolled areas have bug zappers with ultraviolent light. We stop anything that can adversely affect our products. Also the air flow is controlled so 'dirty' air does not enter our controlled environments.
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Old 02-13-2018, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Interesting!

Schools, maybe. It would seem to be more practical for areas where large numbers of people mingle.
Before this UV was always used with caution because of the damage it could do to human cells. Of course we have heard many promising claims over the years; but who knows? I wonder if this would work on cruise ships for the norovirus? Too early to say.
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