Showers Could Make You Sick, Say Researchers

September 15, 2009

Colorado (ChattahBox) – Researchers have found that bacteria harbored in shower heads can cause people to become extremely ill.

The study done at the University of Colorado found that 30% of shower heads tested in 50 US cities showed a significant risk, with various bacteria inside that could cause several different illnesses.

“If you are getting a face full of water when you first turn your shower on, that means you are probably getting a particularly high load of Mycobacterium avium, which may not be too healthy,” study lead, Norman Pace, was quoted as saying.

These findings won’t surprise many of us, who have figured out that a moist, dark place is likely to cause bacteria. The inside of a shower head is certainly a top contender for that description.

This doesn’t mean that you have to give up your showers. But it does illustrate the need for a few precautions.

For example, you should remove and wash your shower head with an antibacterial cleanser often, and you should always allow the water to run for a few moments before sticking your head in underneath, to help flush out bacteria instead of getting a face full of it.

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