Hidden dangers of the daily shower

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at 10:03 AM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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Watching the classic Hitchcock movie Psycho may have given some of us a fear of taking a shower, but a new study suggests there may be more likely dangers lurking in the bathroom.
Scientists in the US used an ultra sensitive method to detect bacteria in shower-heads in bathrooms across the country.
Results showed that around 30 per cent of shower-heads had "significant amounts" of Mycobacterium avium, a bacterium linked to breathing illnesses that most often infects people in poor health but can also cause illness in healthy individuals.
These bacteria are often found in water. However, in shower-heads the bacteria tend to clump together to form a slimy "biofilm", at a concentration more than 100 times greater than is found in ordinary water.
Professor Norman Pace, who led the study, said: "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."
These results may also provide an explanation for the rise in Mycobacterium avium infections in recent years, coinciding with people preferring showers over baths.
"Water spurting from shower-heads can distribute pathogen-filled droplets that suspend themselves in the air and can easily be inhaled into the deepest parts of the lungs", Dr Pace noted.
Symptoms of pulmonary disease caused by the germ include tiredness, a persistent dry cough, shortness of breath, weakness and "generally feeling bad," Dr Pace said. People with compromised immune systems, like pregnant women, the elderly and those who are fighting off other diseases, are more prone to experience symptoms, he added.
This is not the first time that such dangers have been uncovered in public bathing waters. Previous studies by Dr Pace and his group found massive enrichments of the germ in "soap scum" commonly found on vinyl shower curtains and floating above the water surface of warm therapy pools.
A 2006 therapy pool study also found it in the indoor pool environment, which was linked to a pneumonia-like pulmonary condition in pool attendants known as "lifeguard lung".
What this study means
This study took place in the US, where water quality standards are different from those of the UK. However, it does seem a good precaution to let the shower run for a few moments before entering, and to regularly clean the shower and the shower-head.
Also metal shower-heads seem to be cleaner that plastic ones according to Dr Pace.


Source: http://uk.health.lifestyle.yahoo.net/shower-heads-and-bacteria.htm
waco at 10:28 AM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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ok

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Agatex at 03:49 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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news masteer
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eyevee at 05:46 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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H2O no dey rush 4 Nigeria.
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enc4life at 07:40 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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ok, we done here
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EdPj at 08:51 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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Darn, thats bad cos i even bath at least 3 times a day!!
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fyvonne at 10:41 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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wow
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XxSkyGurlXx at 10:42 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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nt wif dis menhh

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princedafe at 11:13 PM, 30 Jun 10 (7 years ago)
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This post is beyond senseless

Are we white ppl

Useless senseless post
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Dindygirl at 12:44 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Who dey carry  this news self?
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ammyjane at 06:05 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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my people, make una bathe 5 times a day because that can germs no go ever reach correct naija man bodi may be na oyinbo bodi the germs fit catch abi?
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missKalu at 07:05 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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sounds like super story to me, or poster have you been drinking brukutu?
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FlyMamacita at 08:17 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: princedafe on 11:13 PM, 30 Jun 10
This post is beyond senseless

Are we white ppl

Useless senseless post
wht r u tryin to say ?

I shower at least twice a day...

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bittersweet at 08:29 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: FlyMamacita on 08:17 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: princedafe on 11:13 PM, 30 Jun 10
This post is beyond senseless

Are we white ppl

Useless senseless post
wht r u tryin to say ?

I shower at least twice a day...



Ask him again, because I didn't get the association,whites and showering

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FlyMamacita at 08:35 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: bittersweet on 08:29 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: FlyMamacita on 08:17 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: princedafe on 11:13 PM, 30 Jun 10
This post is beyond senseless

Are we white ppl

Useless senseless post
wht r u tryin to say ?

I shower at least twice a day...



Ask him again, because I didn't get the association,whites and showering
i dont understand ! Never heard such thing before  Undecided
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bittersweet at 08:40 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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Quote from: FlyMamacita on 08:35 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: bittersweet on 08:29 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: FlyMamacita on 08:17 AM,  1 Jul 10
Quote from: princedafe on 11:13 PM, 30 Jun 10
This post is beyond senseless

Are we white ppl

Useless senseless post
wht r u tryin to say ?

I shower at least twice a day...






Ask him again, because I didn't get the association,whites and showering
i dont understand ! Never heard such thing before  Undecided


He would  better come and explain himself!

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nnedinmma at 10:18 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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nawa water again
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blings_is_back at 10:30 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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WTF
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mibenne at 11:13 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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i also read dat report,only if you are using the shower,the scientists also said u should allow d shower to run out few seconds ,but i no border me at all cos how many ppl de use shower ,na bucket de more common, or river,u know now.any way sha na oyinbo palava,we blacks got kakaraka immunity,no shaking for us.remember swine flu,how many blacks died of swine flu?na oyinbo e affect,So my ppl make u na no worry at all.
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FlyMamacita at 11:16 AM, 1 Jul 10 (7 years ago)
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rubbish
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