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I am so afraid of germs. odd reason I think my Mother has

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I am so afraid of germs. For some odd reason I think my Mother has germs (because she picked my neighbo-who didn't send out her trash properly flower's and shook her hand).
My questions:
1. Can you get germs or sick or die by passing people in an airport from the same area/city as my mother?
2. Can a simple warm water bath with antibacterial soap kill germs?
3.Can these type of germs stay on luggage, phones, etc?
4. Should I see a therapist?
Thank you.
I feel like I should alcohol everything in my house.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 months ago.

This is Dr. David

it sounds like you have excessive anxiety about germs.

1. no, you can't get sick or die by passing people at the airport.

2. yes, a simple warm water bath with soap can kill germs. better to take a shower.

3. there are germs on luggage and phones, but you have an immune system which fights germs and keeps you healthy. you have bacteria and germs on your skin, on every surface of your house. but these germs and bacteria don't get you sick because your immune system is working.

4. yes, you should see a therapist and a psychiatrist. there are medications like sertraline or paroxetine which can help decrease your anxiety about these germs.

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