Use Straws at Restaurants

To try to save yourself from getting cold sores, when eating in a restaurant with reusable glasses, always ask for a straw for each of your drinking glasses.

By Terri from NV

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November 29, 20050 found this helpful

is this because of the possibility the glass wasn't washed properly?? cause i hear that all the time.

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November 30, 20050 found this helpful

This tip is especially important if the glass is made of plastic and not real glass. Lipstick is harder to clean from plastic than glass. With this being the case I always wonder if germs are also harder to remove from plastic.

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December 1, 20050 found this helpful

Most restaurants run their dishes thru a steam wash and rinser machine. It's supposed to be at temperatures to kill germs, but I wonder if the eating utensils shouldn't be kept in the machine for a longer period of time, rather than in & out in a flash, as I've seen it done, when I was working in restaurants.

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

I've been in the food service business for over thirty years in schools, nursing homes and restaurants and have I've never heard anyone getting cold sores from the glasses. The dishes are run thru a dishwasher and the a rinse cycle and then a sanitizing cycle.

But, if someone is that worried about the glasses, the best thing to do is to look at the rim, then wipe it with a napkin. If you are using straws every day over a long period of time it can cause you to have ''smokers lips'', that is when you develope wrinkles around your lips from puckering your mouth around the straws as smokers do around the cigarette.

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April 2, 20120 found this helpful

I seriously doubt that many cold sores are spread with restaurant dishes. I have just read the Mayo clinic info on them, and they are spread through skin to skin contact, such as kissing, and through sharing of items such as towels and lip gloss, although it does mention utensils. I suppose you can use straws if you think that it is necessary, but it seems somewhat unlikely given the washing procedures that are used in any respectable restaurant.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

Kind of tired reading all these posts from people with unrational fears of germs and getting diseases and such from common things that are done daily by millions and millions of people. If they were all true, we'd all be dropping over. I understand the obsessive-compulsive personality type, but please quit trying to convert the rest of us over to your compulsion. We are adults who can make our own choices.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

Using straws creates wrinkles around your lips.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

I agree with susanmajp, If this were true we would all have cold sores wouldn't we? Relax, enjoy your meal. Small resturants wash dishes by hand but they have to add bleach to the wash water and again to the rinse water. Relax.

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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

I agree with susanmajp, If this were true we would all have cold sores wouldn't we? Relax, enjoy your meal. Small resturants wash dishes by hand but they have to add bleach to the wash water and again to the rinse water. Relax.

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