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Top 3 Health Concerns For Women

By |2019-12-03T21:32:20+00:00November 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

Women typically are pretty good about going to the doctor when they are supposed to. The snag happens when it comes to communication. Women have more of a tendency to be shy about what they are actually experiencing. As a result, they downplay symptoms or don’t communicate a full family history with their doctor. It is important that women find a doctor that they feel comfortable communicating with. The more comfortable a patient is with their health care provider, the easier it is to talk about uncomfortable subjects.

On the flip side, women, more often than men, experience issues with medical professionals not believing them, or dismissing symptoms. This is a dangerous trend that puts women at risk. Medical personnel must work to confront unconscious bias that they have against non-male patients. However, as a patient, if you feel your physician is not taking you seriously, you have the right to go get a second or third opinion.

Men and women experience different health problems at different rates. In this article, we explore the top health concerns for women. Read on to learn what issues to look out for, and what may help prevent these all too common problems.

  1. Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading killer in America, for both men and women. More men than women die of heart disease, but females are severely under-diagnosed. It all circles back to the lack of communication with medical professionals. Women experience the symptoms of heart disease and just assume that it is part of the aging process. Symptoms include:

  • A shortness of breath that may arrive even from simply standing up.
  • Movement, even around the house, results in exhaustion.
  • Physical activity, even basic activity, such as walking up a flight of stairs requires immense exertion.
  • Difficulty moving around, limited mobility.
  1. Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in women. Modern medicine pushes hard for women to get regular screenings, and there are more treatments than ever. However, for some women, especially older adults, this is actually a bad thing. The anxiety or fear of something being found during a screening leads many women to put off the screening for as long as possible.  There are a few risk factors that the American Cancer Society has listed.

  • Increase in age, particularly hitting menopause.
  • Genetics and family history with cancer, specifically breast cancer.
  • Race may play a role. White people have a higher risk of breast cancer than black people.
  • Early menstruation or late menopause. This is linked to abnormal hormones, which is probably the true underlying cause.
  1. Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the degeneration of bone tissue, which leads to frail and brittle bones. It can be quite a painful condition, and lead to a hunched stature. Osteoporosis normally develops later in life. A good way to prevent osteoporosis is by making sure that you ingest enough calcium when you are young. Additionally, physical activity can help strengthen the body. While genetics play a role, conditions such an anorexia or malnutrition increase risk of osteoporosis.

Understanding E-Cigarettes

By |2019-09-14T18:57:51+00:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

 

Recently there has been a rash of deaths that medical professionals have linked to e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are new enough that physicians cannot be certain of the long-term ramifications of using them. However, the outlook is currently rather negative. Read on to learn all about e-cigarettes, as well as how medical personnel are handling the current endemic.

E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes go by many names: e-cigarettes, vapes, vape pens, or e-hookahs. Currently, there are almost 500 electronic cigarette companies registered in the United States. Different brands vary widely in appearance. Some can look like a traditional cigarette, cigar, or pipe. Certain companies design their product to look more like an everyday object. The widely known brand JUUL famously designs vape pens that look like a USB drive.

E-cigarettes have three main components on the inside of the device. The vape pen’s innards break down to reveal a heat source – known as an atomizer – and a power source – typically a battery. E-cigarette companies focus on the inner cartridge, also known as a flavor pod or reservoir. These cartridges hold the nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals that smokers actually ingest. When a user pulls a hit from the mouthpiece of the vape, the battery powers up the heating device. The heat source vaporizes the liquid in the cartridge and this vapor is inhaled by the user.

Customers are intended to use vape pens for nicotine products. However, some people use e-cigarettes that accommodate, or can be modified to accommodate marijuana. Due to vape pens’ popularity with young adults, there are concerns about how smoking nicotine or marijuana products impacts them.

Recent Issues

Within the last few months there have been multiple cases of mysterious respiratory diseases in teenagers across the country. When the first case came in, doctors and other medical professionals were at a loss as to what was happening. As medical professionals examine more cases, they have linked the mysterious illness to vaping.

The illness begins with vomiting, fever, and fatigue. These symptoms build over days until the patient is miserable and needs assistance constantly. Oftentimes, the catalyst for a hospital trip is the trademark symptom of this illness – shortness of breath. Shortness of breath on its own is cause for concern – particularly in otherwise healthy teenagers and young adults. Once you look at the other symptoms, and the chest x-rays of the afflicted, it’s evident that something is wrong.

Purportedly, electronic cigarette companies design products for people already hooked on cigarettes. So why do they seem to appeal to teenagers?

Possible Solutions

The main concern of watchdog groups and parents across the country is how broadly e-cigarettes appeal to young people. Some states have considered banning vape pens altogether. However, states eliminating e-cigarettes altogether is not the best option. Electronic cigarettes do have the potential to help people who already smoke. Cigarettes contain tobacco, tar, and many carcinogenic products that vape pens do not.

The real goal is not to stop vaping entirely, rather, to stop teenagers from picking up smoking from vape pens. The general agreement is that the flavoring in the cartridges is what’s appealing to young people. To this end, both the federal government and many state governments (including Florida) are considering legislation that bans the flavored pods or liquids.

Re-vaccinating Against Measles

By |2019-09-14T18:57:37+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Measles was an illness that the United States believed that it had largely eradicated. With the rise of the anti-vaccination movement, there have been repeated outbreaks against multiple states. This week, we explore the reemergence of measles and why some adults should consider re-vaccinating.

What Is Measles?

Measles is a viral disease that most heavily impacts children. It is an air-borne pathogen that spreads when an infected person sneezes and/or coughs. The first symptoms are cold-like. The patient usually starts coughing, followed by a runny nose, red eyes, and fevers. The trademark symptom for measles however, is a rash of tiny red spots that starts on the head and eventually covers the rest of the body.

Without vaccines, measles spreads rapidly and impacted as many as 4 million people a year, with about 50,000 hospitalized. Every year, 400 to 500 people died from measles. As with many illnesses, the deaths were disproportionately children and older adults.

The Measles Vaccine

For the measles vaccines, there are two options. The most common choice is the MMR vaccine, which protects people against measles, mumps, and rubella. There is a second vaccine called the MMRV, which adds in protection against the flu. However, this vaccine is only for children from 1 year old to 12 years old.

The CDC recommends that kids get two doses of the vaccine to increase the effectiveness. Children get their first dose between 12 and 15, and the second one from 4 to 6 years.

The measles vaccine was introduced in the 1960s. It reduced the number of measles cases in the United States by 99%. Unfortunately, while the vaccine is widespread in the United States, that is not the case in every country. With the growing movement against vaccination, the low rate of vaccination in other countries is impacting Americans.

Re-vaccinating

Measles was nearly eradicated in the United States, however, in recent years, there has been a growing movement against vaccination. When unvaccinated people travel, it opens them up to infection. If an unvaccinated American citizen gets measles while they’re abroad, they can cause an outbreak when they’re back stateside.

The original vaccine was introduced in 1963. In 1967, the form of the vaccine that is still used today became the standard. The modern vaccine is highly effective. However, there was a version of the vaccine in use from 1963 to 1967 that essentially does nothing against measles.

Due to this, there are at-risk adults who should discuss revaccination with their physician. This group includes those vaccinated with the ineffective shot, and those unsure of which vaccine they received 1963 to 1967. Adults who have never been vaccinated are also at risk. The CDC suggests that these individuals receive at least one dose of the shot.

Protecting yourself against measles is especially important for adults who live near outbreak centers. Other at-risk areas include cities that are big port cities, or with international airports.

Ultimately, your best option is to discuss vaccination or revaccination with your physician. They can conduct blood tests to see what your immunity level is. Physicians will also be more knowledgeable about the risk of outbreaks.

Top Supplements For Older Adults

By |2019-09-14T18:57:26+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

As human bodies age, they aren’t always he best at maintaining themselves. Vitamins or supplements can help supply your body with nutrients that you would otherwise miss. Supplements do not always have the best reputation, so some people hesitate to take them.

Read on to learn ways to help your body balance itself naturally and some vitamins you can take if it needs some help.

Preventative Measures

New research suggests that many older adults are on supplements that they do not need. This likely won’t hurt you, but who wants to be taking capsules they don’t need? Fortunately, there are other ways to help your body achieve balance.

  1. Exercise

Exercising every day provides huge benefits. It isn’t necessary to run a mile every day. A simple walk around the block, or playing with your grandchildren for an hour or so is more than fine. Focus on increasing your heart rate a bit.

If you have physical limitations, talk with your physician about what will work best for you. Many experts focus on water-centric exercises because they increase activity ad muscle without impacting your joints. Swimming a few laps or water aerobic classes are the most common suggestions.

  1. Daily Activities

Keep yourself engaged! Picking up a hobby or joining a new social group is extremely healthy for older adults. Humans need engagement with other people to have a well-rounded life.

If there are days that you don’t feel in the mood for human company, there are still plenty of amazing options. Many older adults find volunteering at animal shelters and sanctuaries very fulfilling. Even getting up and doing your chores will help keep your mind and body engaged.

  1. Diet

Diet is by far the biggest influence on whether or not older people need to take vitamins or supplements. Most medical professionals now suggest that a patient’s diet should be adjusted before placing them on vitamins.

For example, older adults oftentimes lack vitamins B6 and B12. Food such as turkey, potatoes, and fish all contain these vitamins. Instead of placing someone lacking in vitamins B6 and B12 on a supplement, doctors can encourage them to eat more potatoes and meats.

Useful Vitamins

Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how hard doctors or patients try, supplements are necessary. So, let’s explore what doctors say older adults need most.

  1. Vitamin D

Vitamin D is the nutrient that our body gets from exposure to the sun. In Florida there is plenty of sun, but there can be too much of a good thing. Older adults sunburn more easily than young adults, so sunbathing is not always an option. Most physicians recommend spending at least a little time outdoors every day. However, it is totally understandable is the Florida heat and intense sun limit that time.

  1. Vitamin B12

B12 boosts blood cells and your nerves. It is important for preventing certain types of anemia. Anemia can make people feel exhausted or light-headed, putting them at risk for falls. Obviously, it is best to avoid this.

Vitamin D and Vitamin B12 can both be monitored through blood test. Discuss with your physician if a supplement for either is the right fit for you. If you do start taking supplements, your doctor can monitor the levels of both vitamins through blood work.

Boosting Insurance Enrollment In Florida

By |2019-09-14T18:57:08+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Floridians are the largest population signed up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and that number is likely to increase. Read on to learn about the grant that a USF-based group earned, and the work that they are doing to help Floridians with insurance enrollment.

What Is The Affordable Care Act?

 The Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is an insurance program that was passed in March of 2010. The legislation has three main goals. The primary mission is to make health insurance available to more people. It subsidizes healthcare for those living far below the poverty level. It also aims to help expand Medicaid and supports “medical care delivery programs”.

Why Do Groups Need Grants?

Non-profit groups aid under-served communities by connecting people to medical insurance, which can help them immensely. These groups, such as the Florida Covering Kids & Families, are designed to help simplify the insurance process. Their goal is to help the uninsured population of Florida (2.5 million people) understand insurance enrollment. They especially aim to help children and families.

Florida Covering Kids & Families does not charge people to use their services. Not only do they connect people with insurance options, they conduct research on insurance trends across the state of Florida. The catch is that Florida Covering Kids & Families is a non-profit. So how do they pay for knowledgeable insurance experts and support research across the state? With grants such as these.

How Much Will The Program Receive?

Florida Covering Kids & Families will receive 1.3 million dollars each year for the next two years. The money will go to Florida Covering Kids & Families, who will in turn work with medical and insurance organizations across the state.

The programs help enroll over 60 thousand people per year in Florida. WUSF reports that the program is grateful for the money, but frustrated at the recent budget cuts. Their budget has been slashed 85% in the past two years, from 6 million at its peak to 1.25 million last year. This grant represents a trend in the other direction though, which has inspired hope.

The director of Florida Covering Kids & Families hopes that the government will provide more opportunities for funding. “Obviously, it doesn’t give us the ability to provide the level of services that are needed across the state of Florida, but it will allow us to continue to serve Floridians through open enrollment and the special enrollment periods.”

Sexual Health As You Age: How To Have A Healthy Sex Life In Your Senior Years

By |2019-09-14T18:55:27+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

Sexuality can be an awkward topic of discussion for any age group, especially for older adults. As bodies age, different sex-related issues arise. It is important to recognize that these issues are normal and talk to a physician if you have any concerns. Sexual health needs to be discussed more in older adults, who demographically boast some of the highest and fasting growing rates of STDs in the country.

This week, learn how to protect yourself and what to discuss with your physician when it comes to sexual health.

At What Age Should I Start Concerning Myself With Safe Sex?

Turns out that safe sex is a life-long endeavor! While women are not able to carry children past a certain age, this should not discourage condom use. Condoms and dental dams serve as more than just birth control. They are barriers that halt STDs and STIs in their tracks.

Condoms come in two varieties, male and female, and are a barrier used during penetrative sex. Dental dams are essentially latex sheets that can be used as protection for penetrative sex, but are more often used for non-penetrative sex. Talk with you doctor about what is the best option for you.

What Are Some Sexual Health Issues Older Adults Can Encounter?

  1. Arthritis or other forms of chronic pain

Unfortunately, chronic pain impacts all aspects of life. With arthritis, regular light exercise may help relieve some of your pain. Warm baths or showers can relax your muscles, which may also provide some relief. Talk to your physician about what joints to avoid putting pressure on and how pain medication may be able to help. 

  1. Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition that impacts the sexuality of both men and women. In some men, diabetes leads to ED. For women, it means that they tend to get yeast infections easily. The better handle you have on your diabetes, the easier it is to prevent any secondary issues. With the price of insulin rising, consult your physician to learn your options for controlling diabetes, as well as any secondary effects.

  1. Heart Disease

Heart disease, because it limits the blood flow through the body, may impact both men and women’s sex lives, although heart disease is much more common in men. Cardiac issues can have a psychological impact on sexuality as well. If someone’s partner has a heart condition or history of heart attacks, sexual activity may be a concern for them. As with diabetes, your physician should have a treatment plan laid out for you already, but it is always smart to consult with them about any questions that you may have.

  1. Mental Health Issues

Depression and anxiety, which are increasingly common in older adults, also negatively impact sexuality. People with mental health conditions often find that they stop finding enjoyment in all facets of their life, including intimacy. The best way to try and move past these issues is to open up and communicate with your significant other. 

  1. Substances

Alcohol and certain prescription medications have the ability to decrease your libido. If the decline in intimacy is a concern, talk to your physician about alternatives to what you are currently taking. Reducing alcohol intake, or avoiding drinks with high alcohol percentages may also help.

Three Ways You Can Prevent Dementia

By |2019-09-14T18:54:01+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , |

 

Dementia is expected to impact three times as many people as it does now in 2050. The very thought of dementia is a scary prospect: a progressive problem that decreases memory and other cognitive abilities, sometimes extending to affect behavior and quality of living.

Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of different neurological issues. Despite monumental efforts from medical researchers and professionals, we still know relatively little about dementia. 

This week, we explore suggestions from the medical community on the best ways to prevent dementia.

Don’t Smoke

Cigarettes are immeasurably harmful. Many organizations have led successful campaigns against them for this very reason. However, medical professionals have expressed concerns about the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, vapes, and marijuana. Anytime that you are taking anything into your lungs has the potential to cause harm.

Smoking is not adding much to people’s lives, in reality dementia is yet another reason to not smoke.

Maintain Your Health

There are a few components to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. First is maintaining a healthy weight. What this weight may be is different for every person. Diet culture causes some people to try and lose weight constantly – which is not necessarily what is best for your body. If your doctor does not have concerns about your weight, maintaining your current weight is healthier than your weight fluctuating constantly. 

Along with maintaining a healthy weight, you should also be eating properly and exercising on a regular basis. 

Perhaps the biggest part of maintaining your health is handling any health issues that you know you have. Existing health issues that require regular monitoring include diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. 

To control these health issues, you should schedule regular appointments with your physician. Typically, these are annual checkups, but your doctor may want to see you more regularly. Additionally, you should follow all instructions provided by your physician. Adjust your diet, or exercise, and take any medicine that he or she prescribes.

Keep Your Brain Active

The most recommended way to combat dementia is to keep your brain as active as possible. Just like any of the other suggestions, it is not guaranteed, but it is the medical community’s best safeguard for now. 

Oftentimes older adults struggle to engage themselves on a regular basis. It is fairly common to hear retirees complain that they are bored. A good way to combat this stagnation is to pick up a hobby. Something as simple as doing the daily crossword puzzle in your local paper is a good start. Other games like sudoku and word searches are also helpful.

Social circles are another good way to stay engaged. Gatherings like book clubs, sewing circles, and community service organizations can be amazingly beneficial. Not only do they advance the hobbies that are so helpful to mental engagement, they also require communication and socialization. Engaging with other older adults helps maintain mental agility and helps improve memory.

Mental Health in Senior Citizens

By |2019-09-14T18:53:34+00:00September 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , |

According to the World Health Organization, the population of people over the age of 60 years will grow from 12% of the population to 22% by 2050. This means that senior health issues are of growing concern to the world health community. As mental health is discussed more openly by the public, it is important that people aged 60 and older also receive a similar education.

This week, we explore how mental health issues impact older adults, as well as ways to help.

Older Adults Experience Serious Mental Health Risks

Living as a human in the modern world is indisputably a stressful experience. These stressors pose a significant risk to mental health, and older adults experience additional facets of life that increase their stress levels.

Additional stressors that older adults may experience at a higher rate than other age groups:

  • Decline of physical ability: including reduced mobility, chronic pain, or other health problems. This may lead to dependency on medical personnel or family members.
  • Bereavement, or serious loss.
  • Drop or stagnation of socioeconomic status due to retirement.
  • Isolation or loneliness. 
  • Elder abuse, particularly financial abuse. Current studies suggest that 1 in 6 people aged 60 or older experience elder abuse.

It is important that people understand how physical and mental health impact one another. As physical condition deteriorates or someone deals with chronic illness, it negatively impacts mental state. Physical incapacity leads to complex feelings such as embarrassment, denial, and frustration. If these feelings are not addressed, they can develop into mental illness. Oftentimes, this leads to depression and anxiety in older adults.

How To Help

The good news is that, as a society, we are more educated and publicly aware of mental health issues than ever before. This broad education means that we are given more opportunities to spread the awareness to older adults. 

If you are an older adult, and you believe you may be dealing with depression or anxiety, the best thing you can do is reach out. Mental health issues are taken much more seriously than they used to, and doctors realize that psychology is an important part of a person’s overall health. You can reach out to a trusted family member or a doctor. Most insurance agencies cover psychologists and psychiatrists now, so treatment is affordable.

 If you are a family member or caretaker of an older adult who may have mental health problems, it is important to reach out. It is essential that when you reach out, you are not condescending. It is easy to believe that because of past misconceptions about brain function, that an older adult may not know how to look after their themselves. Mental health is, much like any other medical issue, ultimately between an individual and their doctor. 

The best thing you can do is offer support and encouragement. Offer to be a person they can vent to if you are able. Sometimes, all it takes to strengthen mental health is a listening ear.

Optometrists, Ophthalmologists, and Opticians – Oh My!

By |2019-09-14T18:51:52+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , , |

As we get older, our eyes age too, and we need help with our eyes. But who should you see when you need that help? Join us as we explain the difference between optometrists, ophthalmologists, and opticians.

Optician

An optician has an Associate of Science (A.S.) in opticianry, which can be earned at a state college. In certain states, an optician can bypass a formal education by completing an apprenticeship. They are technicians who often work alongside an optometrist or are employed at vision stores.

Opticians’ main responsibility is designing, checking, and fitting eyeglass lenses and frames. They also help people fit contact lenses, and other vision correction devices. Opticians use prescriptions from optometrists or ophthalmologists to complete their duties. Opticians are not licensed to diagnose or treat eye diseases. 

Optometrist

An optometrist has an optometry degree (O.D.) that takes four years to complete after finishing an undergraduate degree. They are healthcare professionals, but not medical doctors (M.D.). 

Optometrists are responsible for providing primary vision care, primarily this involves providing eye exams and vision tests. Their responsibilities also include prescribing and dispensing corrective lenses, detecting and diagnosing eye abnormalities, and prescribing medication for more common eye diseases. 

Optometrists may refer you to an ophthalmologist. If you need surgery or other intensive treatment, an optometrist will not be able to treat you.

Ophthalmologist

An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor (M.D.) who specializes in eye and vision issues. Ophthalmologists complete many years of school: they must attain an undergraduate degree, then at least eight years of medical school. Some ophthalmologists choose to subspecialize in subjects such as glaucoma, retina, cornea, pediatrics, and neurology. To gain this additional knowledge, they must complete a one- to two-year fellowship. This means that many ophthalmologists spend a total of 14 years in school.

This additional training means that ophthalmologists are licensed to practice medicine, as well as perform surgery. Essentially an ophthalmologist can provide a full range of vision care from testing and diagnosis, to treatment, to surgery, to prescribing and fitting corrective lenses. A ophthalmologist is the best option for you if you have multiple vision issues or a complicated history with your eyes.

In addition to all of the responsibilities of a practicing ophthalmologist, many eye doctors are making strides in the field via research. Practicing ophthalmologists are often responsible for cutting edge developments in the field. Many times this happens because it is easy for them to see the parts of the vision care system that do not work or are becoming outdated.

So Who Should I See?

It depends entirely on what your needs are and your personal history with your vision.

If you have more than one issue with your eyes, or think you will need an unusual treatment, or surgery, you should see an Ophthalmologist. An Ophthalmologist may recommend you to another Ophthalmologist who has a different subspecialty or more experience with a certain issue that you are experiencing.

If you are simply developing vision loss that is typical to aging or another more common vision issue, an Optometrist may be a better option. An Optometrist may refer you to an Ophthalmologist if your problems are more complex than they initially believed. They may also refer you to an Optician so you can acquire corrective lenses. 

If you already have a prescription from an Optometrist or Ophthalmologist, then you can go to an Optician.

Your Food Is Healthy, But What About Your Kitchen Tools?

By |2019-03-05T22:54:27+00:00August 29th, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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You work hard every day to make sure your food is healthy and sanitary. You shop for the best food; you make sure your chicken is cleaned and your vegetables are scrubbed. But what about your kitchen tools? Do you ever wonder how clean they truly are, or if just a quick cycle in the dishwasher is enough to get them spotless? Everything from forks to ladles comes into contact with your food at some point, so isn’t it only logical to question their level of sanitation?

Your kitchen is home to an abundance of bacteria. Some of the most common species include Salmonella, Escherichia coli (E. coli), and Staphylococcus aureus (commonly known as Staph).

Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that kitchen utensils can spread this bacterium to your food – and then to you! These can lead to a hefty doctor bill that can cause a great financial burden without insurance. There’s no reason to fear, however! Here is a list of kitchen utensils most commonly infected, and what you can do about them.

Sponges

Sponges are easily the grossest item in your kitchen. In fact, next to the human intestinal tract, kitchen sponges have on the highest densities of bacteria in the world. Sanitization isn’t effective on the bacteria that inhabit the sponge and trying to kill these bacteria can actually cause them to before more resistant. If you’re not willing to give up your sponge, try replacing it at least once a week.

Knives

Think of all the stuff you do with your knife. You cut meat; you slice and dice vegetables. It’s easy to see then why cross-contamination is such a huge issue with knives. Luckily, however, unlike your kitchen sponges, you don’t need to throw away your entire knife kit away after one use; you just need to take the extra steps to sanitize it.

Start by washing the knife in warm, soapy water. Taking extra precautions so you don’t cut yourself, wipe the blade on both sides and where it meets the handle. When you’re done, rinse and dry it – preferably with a clean paper towel. In a separate container – one large enough to submerge the knife completely – mix together 1 quart of water and 1 teaspoon of bleach; soak the knife for one minute and allow it to air dry. And, just like that, your knife is perfectly sanitized and ready to get back to work.

Graters

As someone who bakes regularly with citrus zest, I understand cleaning graters is difficult. However, all those micro bits of food that get trapped in the grooves become the perfect place for bacteria to grow and infect your food in the future.

The best way to prevent this is to clean it immediately. Run the grater under water and wipe with the blade. Using a toothbrush to scrub it can also be very helpful. When all else fails, run it through a cycle in the dishwasher.

Final Thoughts

Being mindful of these kitchen bacteria “hotspots” will go a long way in ensuring the health and safety of you and your family. If you do find yourself with any type of food poisoning, be sure to consult your doctor right away.

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