What You Need To Know About Drusen:
Drusen are small black flies which infest fruits and vegetables. They cause a variety of problems such as rotting, discoloration, loss of flavor and smell, etc. Some foods like apples, pears, bananas and grapes are especially susceptible to their attacks. They do not attack all types of food but they prefer them over others.
If you eat these foods regularly you will probably never experience any problem with them again! However, if you don’t eat these foods frequently or if you have been eating them only occasionally, then your chances of getting infected with drusen increases dramatically.
The main way to prevent getting drusen is to avoid consuming rotten fruit and vegetables. There are several ways to do this including boiling, microwaving or even freezing. Other methods include washing fruits and vegetables thoroughly before consumption and using gloves when handling them.
There are other things you can do to protect yourself from getting drusen as well. Avoid touching raw meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Wash your hands after handling these items. Also wash your fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating them so that they won’t become contaminated with drusen.
If you must consume certain foods while avoiding others, then it’s best to cook those foods first (or at least heat them up). This will kill all of the drusen which may have been transferred to that food. Drusen can usually survive freezing but not microwaving or cooking. A small amount of cooked food is better than a large amount of uncooked food.
It is best to store any leftovers in refrigerator as opposed to the freezer. This will prevent any drusen which might have been transferred from the hands of someone in your family or someone at the store from surviving. Always wash your hands with warm water and soap immediately after handling raw foods!
If you are especially worried about getting infected with drusen then it is best to wear a mask when handling these types of foods. It is also a good idea to keep separate utensils, cutting boards, pots and pans for these types of food. This way you won’t be transferring any drusen from one food to another.
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