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Health.com: 21 Holiday Health Mistakes

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You Use Antibacterial Soap

It's a good idea to shore up your cold and flu defenses during the winter, especially when you're in close social contact with so many friends, coworkers, and relatives who may be sick. But rushing off to wash your hands with antibacterial soap after every handshake may not protect you the way you think: Unless you're at a hospital or doctor's office, there's no need for such extreme protection—and studies show that the ingredient triclosan, in many antibacterial products, can contribute to drug-resistant bacteria.

Stick with regular soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, instead.

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