10 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Infection

Follow these tips to help stay healthy when you have ITP.

By Stacey Feintuch

It takes a lot of daily planning to stay safe and minimize bleeding and bruising when you have ITP. You have to be even more aware of your body than a healthy person. Something as basic as opening a package can pose serious consequences if you cut yourself in the process. Don’t stop living your life just because you have ITP. Follow these tips to help lower your risk for injuries and in turn, infection.

  1. Avoid toxins. Chemicals and pesticides have been shown to interfere with the immune system and create unhealthy free radicals in the body. So use natural cleaning products, natural pesticides, low volatile paints, organic fertilizers, etc.
  2. Reduce stress. Look at the people and situations that create stress in your life and try to find ways to reduce the stress with activities like yoga and meditation. Stress has been shown to aggravate many diseases.
  3. Breathe clean air. Avoid smoky (and smoking), musty, dank, dusty environments. Particles and mold can cause or exacerbate autoimmune diseases.
  4. Reduce negativity. Decrease the amount of time you spend watching the news and violent TV shows or reading scary stories. These have been shown to promote stress reactions.
  5. Live in a positive space. Remove clutter from your environment. Organize your house. Fix anything that’s broken. Clean items that are dirty. Surround yourself with items that help you smile and feel good. Read a Feng Shui book for more suggestions.
  6. Get enough sleep. Attempt to sleep from seven to nine hours per night. Research has shown that both too little and too much sleep can aggravate health problems.
  7. Avoid allergic triggers. Find out if you’re allergic to any foods and other items around you. Then eliminate or avoid them, if possible. For example, use a HEPA filter vacuum or dust protector pillow cases if you’re allergic to dust. Allergic reactions are another sign of an overactive and misguided immune system.
  8. Stay away from people with colds or the flu. Avoid large crowds to reduce your likelihood of coming into contact with someone who is sick.
  9. Take care of your skin. Use an electric razor instead of a blade to avoid cuts. Use lotion to prevent cracks in your skin. Apply lip balm to prevent lips from cracking.
  10. Protect your hands and feet. Always wash your hands thoroughly. Wear shoes or slippers to protect your feet from injury and/or infection. Wear gloves when doing activities like gardening and wash up afterward.
Published December 2011

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