Should You Throw Away Your Lipstick After Having a Cold?

Q: Should you throw away your lipstick after having a cold?

Oz Says: The chance that you'll get reinfected by cold germs on your lipstick or gloss is pretty low, according to Mona Gohara, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine. If you have anything more than a cold, though — like the flu, mono, or a cold sore, which may involve hardier viruses and germs — ditch the lipstick or gloss you've been using and buy a fresh one.

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This story originally appeared in the December 2015 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

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