When you share your life -- and bed -- with someone there are a multitude of ways to pass germs back and forth. Dr. Oz discusses the top ways couples get each other sick and some common solutions.

1. Kissing: Can cause flu/colds, gingivitis and cold sores. Avoid kissing each other until at least 7 days after the flu and use a waterpik to rinse off plaque.


2. Sex: Women commonly get UTIs and yeast infections from intercouse. Urinate immediately after sex to decrease the risk of a UTI and use anti-fungals on your partner if you pass yeast infections back and forth.

3. Holding Hands: Can commonly pass germs that cause diarrhea. Wash your hands often and thoroughly.

4. Sleeping: During the night, couples can pass germs through coughing and even through night sweats. Keep the bedroom cool and wear loose-fitting pajamas (or sleep in the buff!). Also, avoid sleeping in the same bed when one person has a persistent cough.

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It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of overwhelming burden.

Caring for an ageing or sick parent at home can be a wonderful act of love — but it can also be a big sacrifice. Along with the new responsibility comes added stress to your life that's probably already taxing. Not to mention, it significantly changes the relationship between the two of you. If you're a caregiver for a parent, or thinking about what next step is best, this is one of the most important things to remember about this life phase. It can help you be a better caregiver while also releasing you of a lot of the burden that comes with the role.

TV and podcast host Maria Menounos is currently taking care of her mother, who has brain cancer. She learned this lesson from a guest on her series "Better Together."

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