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Health Hazards of using Public Toilets


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October 23, 2013


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public toiletThe biggest fear people have when they use a public toilet is that they will contact diseases because these toilets are usually not clean. They take all possible steps to avoid touching the faucet and may even try to flush the toilet with their shoe. Even though the idea of flushing the toilet with one’s shoe may sound absurd, many people actually flush public toilets using their shoe.

Even though unclean bathrooms can cause many health problems, the anxiety over the use of public bathrooms is overdone. Yes, there are several disease causing bacteria that you can find in the toilet seat, but these bacteria will not affect you if you have a strong immune system. Some bacteria and viruses that you can find in toilet seat of public bathrooms include E.coli, streptococcus, hepatitis A virus, staphylococcus, shigella bacteria and sexually transmitted organisms. These disease-causing bacteria will not affect you if you have a strong immune system and clean your hands with an antibacterial soap after using the public toilet.

There is no doubt that toilet seat of public restrooms contain germs that have negative impact on your health. They are considered a health hazard and are known to cause problems like gonorrhoea or Chlamydia. However, you must understand that these disease causing viruses and bacteria survive only for a period of very short time on the surface of toilet seat. Also, germs can only affect you if they come in contact with your genital or urethral tract. At times germs can enter the body through sore or cut in the thighs or buttocks, so it is best that you cover open wounds before using public toilet. The skin is one of the strongest parts of the immune system and as long as there are not cuts in your body, the germs cannot affect you.

Most people are under the impression that they will become sick even if they come in contact with a single strain of bacterium or virus. This may be true for people who have an extremely weak immune system. People who have a strong immune system will fall sick only if they come in contact with large amounts of bacteria and viruses.

Germs in the feces will propel into the air and affect you only when the toilet is flushed. To avoid contact with the germs, you must leave the stall immediately after flushing the toilet. This will prevent the germs from using you as the landing site.

Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)

The risk of contacting STD when using public toilet is low because viruses that cause STD cannot survive for long after they leave the human body. STD usually spreads through sexual activity which includes oral sex and sexual intercourse. Viruses that cause STD don’t survive more than a few minutes in hot and dry conditions which reduce the risk of these diseases when you use public toilet. These viruses can only affect you if you have cuts in your skin.

Hygiene Hints

Here are a few hygiene hints to the risk of disease and infection:

  • One of the best ways of avoiding infection is by washing your hands after using the toilet. This will prevent the germs from spreading and reduce the risk of infection. You must wash your hands with a soap and don’t touch any other part of your body unless you clean your hands.
  • After you wash your hands, you must dry your hands thoroughly. If your hands are wet, in can increase the lifespan of germs which can increase the risk of infection.
  • To reduce the risk of infection, you can use toilet paper to flush the toilet. You can also use toilet paper to dry your hands and open the door on the way out. Toilet paper can also be used to close and open the tap.

Dealing with problem in the Tongue


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September 14, 2013


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Tongue ProblemTongue is an important part of the human body because it helps you swallow and chew. It also helps you in forming words and tastes the food you eat. At times, swelling or pain in the tongue can make it difficult for you to eat or speak. Some people also develop white or red spots on the tongue which can make it difficult for them to move their tongue.

Symptoms of problem

Here are some common symptoms of problems in the tongue:

Problems in moving the tongue

If you are facing problems in moving the tongue, it could be due to nerve damage. At times, problems in the tissues that attaches the floor of the mouth to the tongue could restrict the movement of the tongue. Problems in tongue movement can cause breastfeeding problems in babies, difficulty in moving food during swallowing and chewing and speech difficulties.

Unable to taste food

One of the side effects of infection in the tongue is the damage to taste buds. Infection in the tongue can damage the taste buds which are responsible for recognizing salty, sweet, bitter and sour taste.

Increase in the size of the tongue

An allergic reaction or side effects of drugs can lead to swelling of the tongue. The tongue can become wider in people who don’t wear dentures or in people who don’t have teeth. Some of other causes of swelling include myxedema, acromegaly, rhabhomyoma, down syndrome and amyloidosis.

Color Changes

The tongue can change its color when it becomes inflamed. The color of the tongue can change to white or red. This change of color will usually be the area of infection and can change from day to day.

Dealing with symptoms

One of the ways of dealing with the symptoms of the problems is eating a well-balanced. Also, you must take good care of your tongue and keep it clean. If the problem is caused by dentures, you must contact the dentist immediately. If the swelling is caused by allergies, you must avoid taking foods or drugs that can cause swelling. You must get medical help if the swelling makes breathing difficult.

Call your health care provider if the problem persist, When you visit your doctor, explain to them when you first noticed the problem, the symptoms of the problems, what makes your problem worse, the precautions you have taken and all other details that will help the doctor solve your problem.

Treatment

Your doctor could suggest blood test to find the cause of the problem in the tongue. At times, tongue biopsy may be needed to find the cause of the problem. Once the doctor finds out the cause of the problem, they will suggest treatment that will help in solving the problems. For example if the nerves are damaged, it could make it difficult for the person to speak or swallow. To deal with the problem, the doctor may not only give medications but also recommend therapy. For problems like mouth sores and ulcers, medication may be prescribed by the doctor. Anti-inflammatory medicines could be prescribed by doctor for geographic tongue and glossititis.