Germs Found in Bathrooms and Possible Health Consequences

Bathrooms and Possible Health Consequences

VillageConnectPH.comWe hate to break it to you, but germs are everywhere. There are probably a lot of germs in your kitchen, in your bathroom, and actually on your body as well. The good news is that most of the household germs are harmless and our bodies are pretty much immune to them. However, due to transmission, poor hygiene or other reasons, your bathroom could become a home for illness-causing bacteria. Keeping your home clean is on the top of the list for how to combat these dangerous and disgusting germs, but sometimes they’re more difficult to beat than that. Below we listed the common types of germs inhabiting bathrooms, possible health dangers and ways to prevent them. 

1. Noroviruses

There are various gastrointestinal viruses which cause stomach ailments in humans, and they’re hardy and highly contagious. The most common causes of acute gastroenteritis, an illness characterized by diarrhea and vomiting, are noroviruses. Norovirus spreads easily through food, drink, and feces. You have probably heard of it in connection with cruise ship outbreaks, but you’re not safer on the land – this virus thrives in any crowded spaces, day-care centers, nursing homes, or shared households. The most alarming fact about noroviruses is that they can survive temperature extremes and can remain on a solid surface for as long as a week. In your bathroom, they are most likely to be exploring your toilet seat, so dedicate time and effort to diligent and detailed cleaning of bathroom utilities.

2.Enteric pathogens

Enteric pathogens are organisms which are spread by contaminated foods, and therefore, of course, can be carried in feces. These include salmonella, shigella, campylobacter, and most alarmingly, E. coli. E. coli O157:H7 is the infamous bacteria which killed four children and caused a lot of illness at one of the popular fast food restaurants, Jack-in-the-Box, in California in 1993. It causes severe diarrhea with bloody stools. Salmonella, on the other side, is not as problematic, but it’s more common to be carried through fecal matter. In order to prevent this, make sure you scrub the inside of the toilet bowl at least a couple of times a week with products which contain bleach.

3. Dermatophyte fungi

Dermatophytes are known as foot fungus, since they’re usually transmitted by walking barefoot in the bathroom. Dermatophyte fungi thrive in closed, warm and moist environments, and this is why it’s of crucial importance to keep your bathroom floor, including both mats and tiles, clean and dry at all times. These germs are the most common causes of skin infection known as athlete’s foot. Make sure you prevent excess moist and therefore mold in the bathroom which will keep the possibility of foot fungi minimal – maintain floor hygiene, air out the bathroom space regularly, and keep experts for blocked drains just a phone call away. Particularly in shared households, in order to prevent this type of fungus from spreading to floor surfaces, avoid walking in and out of bathrooms barefoot.

4. Staphylococcus aureus

Skin and respiratory organisms can lead to serious health risks, ranging from wound infections, through food poisoning, to pneumonia and toxic shock. Staphylococcus aureus, known as “staph” bacteria, is the most common type of these organisms. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, staph is resilient and persistent – although it thrives in wet conditions, it can survive in dry environments as well. Since it’s most likely to be found in sinks that aren’t used often or any objects with a water level, make sure to flush and clean your toilet seat and sink regularly. Being exposed to as little as 1 microgram of staph can lead to various skin infections and illnesses.

Practicing basic hygiene and cleaning are two things you should adhere to if you want to keep your household happy and healthy. While you may not be able to provide complete protection from germs and harmful bacteria, you can make sure your bathroom isn’t appealing to vicious organisms by maintaining a diligent cleaning routine.

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