antibacterial hand lotion


By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: One of the fears I have when flying is catching germs. Can you give me any tips on how I can make my flight a little more comfortable?

A: We can never avoid meeting up with bacteria even when we fly so remembering mom's old advice of "washing your hands frequently" is certainly one piece of sound advice. The other has to do with your seating arrangement. On flights, you are suddenly thrusted into a compact size environment that consists of your seat, remote control, a window shade for keeping out glare and perhaps those inflight magazines.

Dr. Bradley Connor, president of the International Society of Travel Medicine says that contrary to popular belief of recirculated air putting you at risk for catching someone's cold, he adds it is sitting in close proximity to a sick person that puts you at higher risk. "Don't be shy, if the person is not covering his mouth, remind him to," Dr. Connor recently was quoted in Travel + Leisure magazine's December issue.

If you still don't get the results you are looking for, Dr. Connor suggests asking the flight attendant to move you to a vacant seat more than six rows away. Healthy travel makes for a successful holiday. One of the points highlighted from the ISTM concerns what they call the Responsible Traveler.

Included in their seven-tip form is an entry about colds. It reads, "Colds are a common problem among tourists.

Sharing a cold is particularly easy when in crowded conditions such as a market or on a bus. Try to avoid spreading your cold by washing your hands with soap and water and limiting personal contact with others," reports the ISTM at their web site,

There is also a new spritzer spray available called No Cooties spray that you can use which contains oils such as lavender spike, ravensara and thyme linalool known for their antibacterial properties. The price for a 2 oz spray bottle is $9.90US.

You can order it online or send a check or money order to No Cooties Travel Spray, 3116 east 8th street, Long Beach, CA 90804.

Another great elixir that helps clean your hands are those antibacterial hand lotions you can purchase over the counter in major drugstores.


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