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iVillage: 10 Tricks You Haven’t Heard to Prevent Colds & Flu

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Trim Long Nails

Having long, manicured nails may look pretty, but they can be a breeding ground for germs, says Mobley.

When researchers at the University of Michigan examined the nails of health care workers, they found that the ladies with long nails (3 millimeters past the tip) had illness-causing bacteria under their nails, while only 18 percent of those with short nails did. We often use our nails without even thinking about it and then touch our faces, eyes or noses with them.

On top of washing your hands, keep your nails trimmed. If you just can’t bear to part with your acrylics, use a nailbrush. “A nail brush is an excellent way to remove germs lurking under nails,” says Mobley, who recommends scrubbing under and over both sides of your nails every time you wash your hands.

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