As the weather gets cold, it seems like there’s constantly something going around — so chances are we’re all going to catch something this season. We all know the precautions to take against getting sick, but you might be surprised to learn that there are precautions you can take to stay healthy after you get better.
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One thing we should all do after being sick is change our bedding — at the very least, the pillowcases. Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson tells In The Know by Yahoo that all pillowcases, even those of people who aren’t sick, are riddled with bacteria.
“You might not want to know how much bacteria you probably have on your bedding,” Dr. Stephenson says. “A recent study by Amerisleep showed that after four weeks without washing, even the pillowcases of people who were not sick contained three to five million colony-forming units of microorganisms like bacteria, viruses, and fungi per square inch, including many pathogenic strains that can cause diseases like the flu and pneumonia, not to mention bacteria often found in people with food poisoning.”
Dr. Stephenson explains that these colony-forming units were found to rise after just one month. With this in mind, we should all make it a point to wash our bedding as often as possible — especially after you’ve been sick.
“It’s a good idea to wash your pillowcases, pillows and sheets at least weekly on hot and immediately after being sick,” Dr. Stephenson explains. “The dryer might be more important for killing pathogens than washing — dry bedding and also pillows in the dryer on high or at least 30 minutes.”
It’s also smart to keep multiple sets of pillowcases in rotation. This way, even if you don’t get around to washing all of your bedding, you can at least be sure to switch out your pillowcase weekly. This can also be great for your skin care! Scroll down to shop a few of our favorite pillowcases.
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