Bathroom safety: Common infections you can get from using a toilet

Infections you could get from toilets

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Using a toilet can be one of the most harrowing experiences of your life. Especially public rest rooms or the toilet at your fishy friend's house.

In toilets where you can't be 100% sure of the hygienic process you are right to be worried.

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Here are the common infections that can be spread by toilet seats.

  • E. Coli which can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Common cold
  • Hepatitis A
  • Streptococcus which can cause skin infections, pneumonia and food poisoning

It is unlikely to catch an STD from a toilet seat as  your skin would have to be broken for the microorganisms to infect you.

 

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What to do to minimise infection

According to Health Site.

  • Use a hand sanitizer or tissue paper while opening the toilet door.
  • Use a toilet seat cover (available at pharmacies), and if u don’t have one clean the toilet seat with toilet paper (you can do away with this step while using an Indian style toilet).
  • When you have no other choice hover closely above the toilet seat.
  • Use toilet paper to press flush button.
  • Flush with the lid down on the toilet seat or exit the place quickly after flushing.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after you use the toilet.
  • Wipe your hands dry with tissue paper.

 

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