As a woman, you are only too aware that many deadly bacteria are omnipresent in public toilets. These bacteria can lead to severe Urinary tract infections that can, in turn, lead to cystitis and kidney damage in the long run. Being exposed to these dangerous bacteria is the part and parcel of every woman’s life. You go to office, shopping, airports; other modes of travel all pose the same threats. The toilet may look clean but may still harbour a host of bacteria that can damage extensively.
Are clean public toilets really clean?
The clean looking toilet in the high profile Mall you visited is not really “clean”. Studies show that within 5 hours of cleaning with germicidal or bleach solutions the public washrooms are recolonized with multiple bacterium strains that can cause severe URIs.
Staphylococcus is a persistent strain that infests public washrooms and is a known pathogen. It can cause various infections and skin rashes and infections are the most common. If you have a cut or sore on your buttocks and the bacteria is present on the toilet seat, you might just fall prey to the infection.
Most Staph infections are easily treated with antibiotics, but the MRSA strain can be resistant to antibiotics making treatment difficult. But you can take a breath of relief; very few cases are reported as originating from restrooms! It is definitely a good precaution to use a portable disposable female urinating device like Peebuddy to avoid contact with the toilet seat.
Streptococcus is another bacterium strain that is commonly resident in public toilets. These bacteria can cause a throat infection or even pneumonia and can cause severe food poisoning in some cases. These are generally found in faecal matter and can contaminate the toilet seat, doorknobs, faucets and handles. They are likely to be airborne for nearly 2 hours after the flushing of the toilet. These are treatable with antibiotics. Do consider using intimate wet wipes to minimize infections from toilet seats.
E Coli infections are a dreaded word in the medical community. Commonly found in public toilets these bacteria can cause UTIs. In some severe cases, where immunity is weak, a person might contract bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps and pain. The infection can be persistent and painful at the same time. Disposable female urination devices can be the answer to this issue as you can actually pee standing up and avoid any contact with toilet seats.
Shigella bacteria can also cause abdominal cramps, severe Diarrhoea or even lung infections.
The various sexually transmitted infections are also a possible consequence of using an unhygienic public restroom, although it is unlikely in healthy people with high immunity.
Although we tend to blame toilet seats for infections, the faucets, flush handles and door knobs are more likely to spread infections. Use Multi-use wet wipes to keep yourself fresh and germ-free after a sojourn to a public toilet. The good news is that you are not very likely to catch any infections if you are careful and maintain personal hygiene.
Alert: For all the mothers, and young ladies – Use Sanitary & Diapers Disposal Bags to dispose of used pads and diapers. Keep the bathrooms hygienic. Live, and Let Live Healthy and Dry.