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How To Properly Disinfect Your Smart Phone

With the way things currently are, it’s important to be disinfecting the surfaces we touch everyday as much as we’re maintaining good hygiene for our own bodies. One of the surfaces we touch the most every day includes our cell phones. Whatever we touch, ends up on our phones, which we bring to our faces and touch with our hands daily. So here are some of the best ways to make sure your personal devices stay clean and germ-free. 

First thing you need to do is take off your phone case and change it periodically. Your phone case is what you touch arguably more than the actual back of your phone, so you need to be disinfecting it as often as you are your phone itself, which should be at least once a day. Be very careful and delicate when removing certain cases, such as an Otterbox, as they are designed to adhere and protect your phone for long periods of time. Improperly removing them could cause your phone to break, so if you need, look up your specific cases removal process to be safe. ‘

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The same concept goes with any kind of screen protector. While taking a disinfectant wipe to your phone’s screen protector daily will ensure that it’s clean, after a while certain dirt and bacteria can build up underneath the surface and get stuck. So frequently removing and replacing your screen protector will make sure that those particles are also removed. 

Before you disinfect your phone, it’s important to wipe down the surface with some sort of microfiber cloth. This will lift off any larger dust particles before you take a more wet disinfectant wipe to the surface, once you do so there’s less of a chance of these bigger particles being left behind after you’re done cleaning. 

Make sure you’re actually using a microfiber cloth of some sort, as traditional paper towels can be really abrasive to the glass on your phone’s screen and cause little scratches on the surface. It’s also important to note that during this entire cleaning process, your phone should be unplugged. If a charger is present, dirt and debris will only build up around the charging port of your phone and likely slip into the crevices and remain there indefinitely. 

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Anytime you’re cleaning around the charging port, speaker, or headphone jacks on your device, make sure you’re being very careful and mainly using dry cloths to clean those areas. Even if your device is waterproof, wet substances seeping into the phone itself will cause particles of dirt to build up and stay there. 

One thing you should make sure you’re not using is a compressed air can. Compressed air is typically used to clean keyboards and desktop computers, but when they’re used on smaller personal devices, they just push particles deeper into the crevices of your phone. These dust, dirt, and bacterial remains can cause germs to build up rapidly and therefore adhere to something you’re touching with your hands constantly. 

When it comes to choosing an actual disinfectant to use on your phone, steer clear of any Lysol aerosol-based cleaners, as they can be too harsh and abrasive. Simple disinfecting wipes will do, in fact, it’s what’s recommended. 

Apple officially recommends a “pack of 70% isopropyl alcohol wipes or Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (if you can find either). Use that to wipe down your iPhone and its case (but only if it’s hard plastic). Try not to let your device get too wet and definitely don’t scrub around openings where you could introduce lint or moisture buildup.”

Finally, make sure you’re repeating this process often, especially during times of a worldwide pandemic, keeping surfaces clean and germless is of the utmost importance right now, and will give you a greater peace of mind while playing Candy Crush during times of self-quarantine.      

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Auto-Brewery Syndrome Turns Carbs Into Alcohol, Causing Patients To Appear Extremely Drunk

“Officer I didn’t have anything to drink my stomach just turns carbs into alcohol!” Sounds like the funniest excuse one could give to an officer when pulled over for drunk driving, however, the actual medical implications behind this are no laughing matter. Auto-Brewery Syndrome just recently began making headlines in 2014 but has been publicized more throughout the past couple of years. The rare syndrome is caused by a fermenting fungi found in the digestive system. This fungi or gut bacteria produce ethanol through the fermentation process as your body digests carbs. The syndrome is most common in individuals with Crohn’s disease or diabetes, but can rarely affect individuals without any preexisting health conditions, according to Boston Magazine, who recently covered an auto-brewery syndrome case. 

Recently the syndrome made headlines when police pulled over a Boston man whose blood alcohol level was at .2, twice the legal amount for operating a vehicle. Police took the man to the hospital where he kept insisting that he hadn’t had anything to drink that night, but doctors weren’t so easily convinced. After rigorous testing they discovered that the man did in fact have this illness. The disease itself has rarely been diagnosed due to the fact that it’s rarely studied, however, with more and more cases appearing of this truly horrible illness doctors are studying and developing more ways to help treat it.

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According to CNN, “The condition made news in 2014, when the driver of a truck that spilled 11,000 salmon onto a highway claimed to have auto-brewery syndrome. The next year, a New York woman was charged with driving under the influence after she registered a blood alcohol level that was more than four times the legal limit.”

As previously stated the treatment for this really depends on the individual and their specific case of ABS. Regular blood alcohol level checks are a must, and anti-fungal/bacterial medications are also used which can sometimes work well enough to allow the person to continue their life with a fairly regular diet. Unfortunately there still is so little research and knowledge about this illness that treating it really is a game of trial and error. 

ABS should be taken just as seriously as any other major illness, as it can cause major accidents to occur without the individual even being fully aware of what they’re doing and why. The diagnosis just sounds so incredibly unbelievable that often doctors don’t treat patients because they just seem like they’re drunk. 

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According to Barbara Cordell, a researcher of auto-brewery syndrome and the author of ‘My Gut Makes Alcohol,’ “Auto-brewery syndrome seems to be caused by antibiotic use altering a person’s fungal growth, but researchers don’t know why few people who take antibiotics contract the condition. Other drugs, environmental toxins or preservatives in foods also could cause auto-brewery by disrupting the body’s normal balance of bacteria.”

While the cause is still not totally known for ABS, luckily Cordell also provided a lot of warning signs to look out for if you or someone you know is acting intoxicated but you know for a fact that they’re not a heavy drinker, they haven’t had anything to drink, or is on antibiotics of any kind. Symptoms of ABS include brain fogginess, mood swings, or delirium. Cordell mentioned that these symptoms normally appear before the person will seem truly intoxicated, but other symptoms can also mimic that of a stroke, so it’s of extreme importance to go to a hospital and test your blood alcohol levels whenever any symptoms begin arising. Additionally, individuals with ABS can reach a blood alcohol level five times that of the legal limit, so it’s important to treat patients for alcohol poisoning first and foremost in any situation.