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 sickness & reeds
Author: Michael (---.proxy.aol.com)
Date:   2002-02-03 23:32

Ok, so I am sick right now, and have to play clarinet. Could this sickness possibly get on my reeds and make me sick later, if I play them after I am well? Is there a way to "degerm" them so that I will not? Thanks.

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Mindy (---.33.55.121.sanford-ubr-a.cfl.rr.com)
Date:   2002-02-04 00:18

Ther germs will probably die after a while.....but I am still careful and throw that reed away and get a different reed. If I were you......I would get a different reed.


Mindy

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Joe O'Kelly (---.twmi.rr.com)
Date:   2002-02-04 01:09

Soak your reeds in some listorine (sp) and make sure it is the unflavored type. This should kill the germs. However after you are sick you are immune to the germs.

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: MsRoboto (---.cmngga.adelphia.net)
Date:   2002-02-04 02:35

This might be a good time to break out the old plastic reed. It might be easier to disinfect.

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: werner (---.access.de.clara.net)
Date:   2002-02-04 04:06

From an hygienical point of view:
Reeds are like toothbrushes. The same rules:

Clean them after use under running water and
remove every dirt (with your toothbrush)
Clean your mouhtpiece under running water.
Let your reed dry completely before the next use
(at least 24 hours, if possible 48 hours)

Some germs are very resistent.
(staphylococcus -, streptococcus - , candidas - )
It's almost impossible to kill those little beasts.

So in case of sickness caused by infections of these types:
Throw your used reeds away.
Only use one reed.
Throw that one away when you feel better.
Throw the next one away when you are healthy again.

I'm open for better recommendations.

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Gordon (NZ) (---.jetstream.xtra.co.nz)
Date:   2002-02-04 13:04

Most of the nasties may be in our mouths most of the time anyway, especially the toughies that the likes of mouthwash hasn't a show of killing.

Is it not (at least partly) true that we get sick when our resistance is down and these omnipresent germs find a way to invade. After the sickness the resistance for that particular nasty must surely be at an all time high because the imune system has built vast numbers of specialized antibodies.

I wouldn't throw a good reed away for that reason.

Is there a virobacteriologist in the house?

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Mark Charette (---.austin.rr.com)
Date:   2002-02-04 13:23

Gordon (NZ) wrote:
> Is there a virobacteriologist in the house?

See http://www.sneezy.org/Databases/Logs/1997/03/000796.txt

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: werner (---.access.de.clara.net)
Date:   2002-02-04 20:03

>After the sickness the resistance for that particular nasty
>must surely be at an all time high because the imune
>system has built vast numbers of specialized antibodies.

This doesn't work always. There is known for example the
'Ping-Pong-Effect'. I found a URL about this topic:

http://library.magellanspecialty.com/healthmessages/1382.htm

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Emms (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date:   2002-02-05 13:44

Werner - if antibiotics have been used, the body's immune system may not have had chance to kick in, leaving the body susceptible to another attack.

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 RE: sickness & reeds
Author: Emms (---.cache.pol.co.uk)
Date:   2002-02-05 13:45

I think this all depends on what type of sickness Michael has!

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