Courtesy of PurellAmanda MacMillan, SELF magazine
Happy New Year, SELF readers! Here's hoping you're all starting 2013 out on a healthy and happy note. Of course, that's not the case for everyone: Cold and flu season usually peaks in January or February, and this year it's already off to a doozy. And my Twitter inbox has been flooded with questions about hand sanitizers and sprays--and if they really work in warding off winter illness.
To get the real scoop on all of these OTC sprays, sanitizers and antiseptics, I talked to Nathan Litman, M.D., a cold and flu expert at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Here's his take on a few of the products on shelves today--and his best advice for your healthiest year ever.
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Thumbs Up: Alcohol-Based Sanitizers
One of the best ways you can prevent cold and flu is to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, says Litman. Regular soap and water work just fine--but if you're not near a sink, an alcohol-based