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After you get a cold, you want to do anything you can to avoid getting another one, right.

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Experts recently weighed in on whether you should throw away your toothbrush after you get a cold, and the general takeaway is that there’s no need to do so. Charles Gerba, a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona explains that since your body develops antibodies against the specific cold virus you just had, it’s very difficult to re-infect yourself. Dr. Heather Rosen, medical director of UPMC North Huntington Urgent Care says that the flu, stah, strep, e-coli, and yeast commonly live on toothbrushes, and that you should aim to get a new toothbrush once every three months. As for things like lipstick, lip balms, and mascara, they won’t carry your cold germs either, as they often contain anti-microbial ingredients. Potential germ factories that you’ll want to wash after having a cold include hand towels, bed sheets, and other porous surfaces, as they can hold onto the germs for a longer period of time.

This is some good information.  Please take heed.

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