When you have an inflammatory type of arthritis, the disease itself and medications used to treat it can make you more likely to get infections. Everyday objects that you might overlook may be teeming with viruses and bacteria, raising the risk for illness. Be sure to disinfect these germ hotspots. Continue reading Five Germ Hotspots Lurking in Your Home
Arthritis Today readers answered the question: How do you make household chores easier on your arthritis? Here’s what they had to say:
Germs lurk everywhere, populating surfaces from public restroom sinks to kitchen counters and computer keyboards. A single sneeze from a flu sufferer launches thousands of virus particles across an entire room, and those germs can linger in the air for hours. Most people’s immune system can deftly handle these would-be invaders, but anyone with autoimmune and inflammatory forms of arthritis need to take special precautions. The same drugs that suppress the joint-damaging immune response can leave you vulnerable to bugs that cause disease.
Learn how to clean some of the most commonly germ-infested areas of your home and office, and protect yourself from bacteria and viruses that can make you sick.
Streamline cleaning tasks to maximize sparkle and minimize joint pain and strain. Here are some household cleaning tips and cleaning shortcuts.
1. House cleaning tips begin with pacing yourself. Instead of a dedicated chore day, clean just one room a day. “If you do everything in one day, you’ll end up overexerting yourself,” says Linda Cobb, author of Talking Dirty With the Queen of Clean (Pocket Books, 2004).
2. Focus on heavy-traffic areas. “You may need to vacuum only the pathway from the kitchen to the doorway to help spruce up the place,” says Donna Smallin, author of The One-Minute Cleaner (Storey Publishing, LLC, 2007).