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How to politely talk about illnesses without grossing people out

Everyone has days when they’re full of cold or suffering from aches and pains. Try to remember that these are personal inconveniences, and should as far as possible be kept to yourself. Discussion of symptoms can all too often mutate into whingeing or, even more of a cardinal sin, over-explicit accounts of your symptoms. You should never be guilty of telling people gross details about what’s going on in your intestines or stomach or what’s coming out of any part of you. 

If you’re suffering from something very contagious or illness impairs your ability to work, be as honest as discretion allows and take the day off. You don’t want to get others sick. Soldiering on may seem brave, but is often simply stupid. 

You can check out my video on discussing allergies and dealing with people who have them here. Give this a like to help more people be appropriate when doing this. Subscribe and click the bell for more modern manners and elegant life and style. 

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Gia G. Dixon
Gia G. Dixon

I’m Gia G. Dixon, an ILM certified etiquette consultant. Here is my guide to elegant style, high quality living, and little things that make your daily life glamorous.

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