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chrissy27
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering if anyone else has issues with using germ-x or hand sanitizers constantly.  This all started a couple years ago when my kids picked up a bad stomach virus and vomited for a week.  I use hand sanitizers constantly...and use lysol wipes when we go out to eat...i have to wipe off the high chair and table.  If i don't use it on me or the kids or wipe of the high chair  i get a sick feeling in my stomach and i have to use it to satisfy the urge.  I also absolutely cannot let my kids sit in a shopping cart without wiping it down.  This is driving me crazy..well.....crazier
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Shia
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Chrissy...
It is understandably why you do these urges since your kids have had a bad stomach virus. If this makes you feel any better I am also a anti germ freak! I believe it is important to use wipes on outside chairs and carts since many people touch them and you don't know what viruses they're carrying but at home it is safe to not use as many. I know how you feel because I also use hand sanitizer and lysol but you know using too much antibacterials is in fact bad because you kill other bacteria's that are important to prevent viruses and infection.
I hope this helps. It always helps me know that other people feel the same way :) Good luck Chrissy

-Shia

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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I have a thing about germs. Goes along well with my health anxiety. My son had picked up 2-3 stomach bugs a year from school for a couple of years in a row. Because I also have Crohn's, it really would hit me bad. I'm talking ER to get IV fluids each time bad. So that's also where it started for me. Those stomach bugs are the worst aren't they?

For a while I carried the hand sanitizer with me in my jacket, or my car. I haven't done that for a year now though. I do however wash my hands still a lot. It's a work in progress! LOL
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   Posted 1/4/2009 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   

Chrissy,

My daughter has this same issue as she was on a cruise ship where people got a virus and her daughter was very ill.  She even check the dishes and glasses in a restaurant.

The girls and 15 and 17 and she makes sure all go into the restroom to wash their hands before eating.

The best way to prevent spread of germs is hand washing.

Check out the CDC's Ounce of Prevention Campaign:

http://www.cdc.gov/ounceofprevention/

I am not OCD about germs but working in an ER certainly got my hands red and chapped from all the hand washing and use of alcohol.  Used hundreds of bottles of lotion in my carreer.

Take care
Kitt

 


 

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Aries8
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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have a problem with germs. Sometimes I'll wipe the grocery cart handle when entering the store. Remember, some germs are good. Your kids should probably be exposed to a certain amount of them. This I'm not sure about, it's just a guess. If it bothers you, I would slowly begin to back off on the germ thing. A little at a time will be less anxiety provoking.

Mazfire
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   Posted 1/4/2009 10:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Exposure to a certain level of germs is good for you- can be beneficial in maintaining your immune system. I personally have NO issue with germs.

back when i was still nursing, many of my patients were having Radio or Chemo and my biggest concern was MY germs infecting them, but like all good nurses, used universal precautions- gowns, gloves, masks etc.

Now ive switched careers and am a high school teacher in a fairly run down, unpleasant area, and i keep tissues, hand sanitiser and vicks cough lollies on my desk cos the kids get no education about germ etiquette at home, and as my immune system is virtually non existant i cant afford to get ill every time a kid coughs, or wipes his nose on his sleeve.

eeeeew.

otherwise, germs dont phase me one bit- a little bit is fine

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crohnie1985
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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:23 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I am using some medications for crohn's disease that lower my immune systems ability to fight infections so I am at risk. So for me being more pro-active in sanitizing everything I can with wipes,hand sanitizers, cleaners and using latex gloves is second nature for me. Honestly I can't remember the last cold or flu, so it must  help. I don't think its so bad, I would not let it worry you. 


TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I had a thing about cleaning, I used Lysol wipes alot. I do carry hand sanitizer. Im a senior in high school so there are lots of germs there! I think it can be a good thing. When I started wiping down the tables and stuff in one of my classrooms(because we all got the flu the year before) none of us got sick! When I have kids, I will probably be very strict about it! Especially shopping carts! It just grosses me out when I think about people not washing there hands. I hate to imagine what kind of stuff is on a surface...its just gross!

I have a button that says something like "I wouldnt have OCD if everyone else would just do things the right way"! I think thats so true! Just because I like my room to be neat and straight... ha ....okay so making everything even and such is probably a step over the line but still...at least my room looks good!

I think using germ-x or lysol is a good thing. I would do what I could to keep myself and my children healthy. I'll probably be the mom that sprays the toys with lysol and wipe the door handles and such! But, if it works, why not!
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   Posted 1/5/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not particulary obsessive about it, but my dh is. From what your describing, I think you're acting reasonably though. High chairs and shopping carts are filled with germs and it's a good idea to wipe them off.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/5/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   

I think the worst one is the door knobs in public bathrooms......not that I wipe them down.........but all those people that don't wash their hands.

It is the nurse in me that can come up with the germ thingy.  I have been exposed to so many bugs and germs that I may be immune to all...............LOL.

Kitt


 

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ocean1
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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   

I pretty much use the clorox wipes on everything at work and do carry the hand sanitizer with me everywhere and am pretty obsessive about grocery cart handles and restaurant tables, etc.  But, no matter how much we do and think we are beating the germs, doesn't always work.  I admit to being OCD about germs and using the wipes and sanitizer probably too much and even after all that, I came down with a really nasty stomach virus about a month ago.  So, I think these products do work to a degree, but after all my diligence I still got sick and I think I am a bit less compulsive now as I see no matter what we do, we can still get the germs.  You are not alone as you can see by all the responses here.

Kitt, doorknobs in public bathrooms and the flushers on toilets. I used my foot to flush and paper towels or toilet paper to latch and unlatch the doors.  Okay, I guess I am OCD.


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chrissy27
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   Posted 1/7/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
thank y'all so much! I do use hand santizer excessively but with my compromised immune system i haven't been sick (but have had MRSA staph) But i'm glad i'm not the only one concerned ....Of course i do justify it by saying that if others washed their hands more i wouldn't have to sanitized so much :)
28 yr old female, diagnosed with crohn's colitis with stricture of the colon april 2007, first fistula- october 07 :(  
joint pain and swelling
anxiety, depression
 
 
current medications:  Lialda 1.2g, remicade every 6wks, citalopram, ex-strength tylenol, multivitamin
 
 
But He said to me, "My grace is enough for you.  When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you." So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses.  Then Christ's power can live in me.  For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ.  Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong. 
2 Corinthians 12:9-10


Jen77
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   Posted 1/7/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
In public bathrooms I always use a paper towel to turn off the sink, and then use it to open the door when I'm leaving. LOL Too many people simply do NOT wash their hands at all, so I actually think that is even being smart. I know with OCD and health anxiety I can get obsessive about such things, but that to me is a no brainer! LOL
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).


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   Posted 1/7/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony you can also purchase probiotics. I use them alot for my Crohns because we tend to have bacterial imbalances in our intestinal tracts. I take a Lactobacillus formula that is even better than what you get in yogurt.
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   Posted 1/8/2009 1:44 AM (GMT -7)   
I could swear I posted here earlier but it disappeared :) Anyway as a nurse I do have some issues but I try not to take it overboard :)
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