Are you Germaphobic?

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Are you Germaphobic?

IslandGoddess IslandGoddess
I know some people have serious issues with germs, I dont think im a germaphobe but I am kinda "fresh". What about you?
08/27/2011
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mizzmilla mizzmilla
Same. I'm not overly sensitive to germs but I do clean a lot and use hand sanitizer all the time.
08/27/2011
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I am not a germaphobe. In fact I think constantly sanitizing actually will make the immune system weaker because it is not exposed to things to make it stronger. My boyfriend is a scientist and he feels the same.
08/27/2011
Eucaly Eucaly
No. Constant sanitizing can leave you with cracked or irritated skin that actually invites more germs in.
08/27/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I basically am.
But I wouldn't say my immune system is weakened because of it. When everyone else was catching colds and a couple of nasty bugs just recently - I never got it and I haven't been covering my face like I have in the past when out in public. I haven't had a cold, flu or any other nasty thing going around in the past 3 years. That says good immune system to me and I'm happy.
And my hands don't crack cause of washing either!
08/27/2011
GravyCakes GravyCakes
i'm definitely not. i'm a very messy person. i do have a friend, though, who carries around antiseptic wipes & lysol. he hates bathrooms & theaters. so every time he comes out of a bathroom, he has to wipe himself down & spray himself w/ lysol, which can't be healthy.
08/27/2011
Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I agree on the it will weaken your immune system part. Im not a germaphobe at sll. Im a clean person yes but no where near germaphobe. It really bugs me when parents freak out everytime their kid touches something dirty, its like just let them eat dirt or whatever, theyll live. Its good in the long run to expose them to stuff so they wont get colds every month when they start school
08/27/2011
Jon S Jon S
i like cleanliness but i dont go crazy over it
08/27/2011
K101 K101
I'm a clean freak in general, but not insanse about it. I prefer the house and things to be clean and I wash my hands all the time, but I wouldn't consider myself a geraphobe.
08/27/2011
Rossie Rossie
Quote:
Originally posted by Eucaly
No. Constant sanitizing can leave you with cracked or irritated skin that actually invites more germs in.
I used to have severely cracked skin on my hands from too many washings, but Aquaphor ointment took care of that.

I guess I'm a germaphobic, I am very careful of my surroundings. I always have a few bottles of Lysol sprays at home, to disinfect everything when a family member gets sick. I'll bring a small bottle of isopropyl alcohol with me, if I'm staying at a hotel, to clean all the bathroom fixtures. I'll wipe shopping carts with the disinfectant wipes provided by the stores. It just makes sense to be careful, after watching the documentaries about how germy those places I've mentioned are.
08/27/2011
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
Quote:
Originally posted by ~LaUr3n~
I am not a germaphobe. In fact I think constantly sanitizing actually will make the immune system weaker because it is not exposed to things to make it stronger. My boyfriend is a scientist and he feels the same.
This - I'm with LaUr3n, practical hygiene is fine. Most of don't need to 'sanitize'. As a teacher, my wife needs to be a bit more careful with all the snot-nosed kids. Luckily I don't have that problem.
08/28/2011
Peggi Peggi
I'm not germaphobic although I do agree that overuse of hand sanitation can lead to weaker immune systems, I do use it quite a bit, because although I don't have the phobia, I have OCD and my obsession is germs/bacteria :/ the compulsion is removing them...I try really hard to avoid thinking about it, and I keep things clean that I use often (keyboard and mouse for computer, etc.) but I catch myself pulling out hand sanitizers often or washing my hands a lot!
08/28/2011
Powder Powder
I'm not a germophobe in MOST ways. Unless I come into contact with something completely evil, then I spend all day trying not to touch Anything and washing my hands/body repeatedly.
08/28/2011
Ryuson Ryuson
Quote:
Originally posted by IslandGoddess
I know some people have serious issues with germs, I dont think im a germaphobe but I am kinda "fresh". What about you?
No, they're gonna be everywhere weather or not I stress out about them.
08/28/2011
guard083 guard083
Not a germaphobe, but I wash my hands and keep clean
08/28/2011
Ansley Ansley
Not even remotely. I'm also a person who doesn't mind having food on their hands, which hubs finds to be epically admirable and weird all at once. I'm very amused at the look on his face when I cleave through a cooked chicken and plate it with my hands. *shrug*
08/28/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I'm most definitely not a germaphobe. There are some things I instinctively try to avoid, but it's mostly because I don't like having things under my nails. I could probably wash my hands more often, but my thinking is that if I've been fine this far into my life, I'll probably continue to be fine. Using a ton of hand sanitizer or trying to wash my hands all the time just takes away the germs my body needs to know how to fight.
08/29/2011
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