I was diagnosed with moderate Neutropenia when I returned from a trip to Italy a year ago with my husband and the wound I had sustained after a fall there had become swollen, red and irritable. I always had body aches but I never paid much attention to it as I attributed this to the fact that I was nearing my 50th birthday. Also, my job – a personal tour guide in Norfolk – could sometimes be very exhausting so I thought it was the reason behind my aches and pains. However, when the wound did not heal after a few days and continued to hurt, I decided to go to the doctor. He recommended a few tests and I found out that I had Neutropenia – a condition in which the number of white blood cells in your body is too low and it affects your immune system.

At first the diagnosis was troubling, but me and my husband decided to do some research and find out ways to minimize the effects of this disease. The neutropenic precautions we found were simple and very effective and helped me lead a normal life as far as possible and avoid infection. I have been following these for a year and since they improved my standard of living so much, I decided to share it with others. After looking it up from this site, here are the basics for anyone who needs to know about Neutropenic precautions.

First of all, stay away from raw or uncooked vegetables, fruit, meat, and dairy products. Make sure that whatever you consume has been completely cooked otherwise you become an easy target for infections. Drink a lot of water and juices as hydration helps in removing toxins from your body. Secondly, your clothing can make a lot of difference. Try to keep yourself completely covered and change your clothes daily so that you can keep yourself safe from germs. Moreover, if you wear a face mask when you leave the house and are in or around places that have germs, you can diminish your chances of getting infected considerably.

Try not to share your room with anyone else, as they might carry germs with them which will not affect an average person but can make some with Neutropenia very sick. Also steer clear of anyone who has flu, cough or cold. Your chances of catching this disease are much higher than anybody else.

Make sure that your hands are always clean – dirty hands spread more diseases than anyone else. Make sure you know the proper protocol of washing your hands and do it as often as required. Using hand sanitizers is also a great way of making sure that you do not get infected with viruses. Taking daily showers and maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet can also decrease your chances of catching an infection. Taking all these neutropenic precautions has helped me stay healthy all this time and I hope this article will help anyone who reads it and follows the instructions.

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