can being a germaphobe lower immune system?

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Answer #1 | 27/12 2013 23:59
Being germophobic won't make you sick but stress and anxiety about organisms can impair your immune system. Amanda, unless you work in health care, there's no reason you have to wash your hands this often. Are you remembering to moisturize your hands? Excessive hand washing creates minute fissures in the skin, the kind that Staph and Strep can access. "but lately I have been getting sick more often" -- If you've been having more respiratory infections lately, all your efforts, at least the ones you've described here won't help prevent these.
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