We have been taught that it's always nice to share, but it is the opposite when it comes to personal hygiene. There are some products that you shouldn’t share and thus, reserve for yourself. We have all had those times when we ran out of things and had to use somebody else's till the sun came up.
Good hygiene shields you from the spreading of germs. To practice good overall hygiene, you shouldn’t share the following personal items.
If you think that it is safe to use somebody's elses bar of soap after cleaning it, it is not. A study at the University of Florida found out that those football players who shared their soap were more likely to have recurring infections of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an antibiotic-resistant staph infection. So, soap's self-cleaning nature does not help in reduce germ-swapping. Use a liquid soap to prevent infections.
Using your roommate’s towel is a health risk. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, towel sharing can spread infections ranging from pink eye to gonorrhoea. The next time you are staying at a friend's place, carry a towel with you.
You should never share anything that could exchange blood or bodily fluids and razor is one of them. Studies suggest that razors (when shared) can contribute to the transmission of hepatitis B, C, and HIV. Apart from these, sharing razors puts you at risk of fungal infections, specifically tinea corporis, known more commonly as ringworm--and bacterial infections.
Sharing a toothbrush is an established risk factor for the transmission of blood-borne infections. Don’t even share it with your partner. Brushing teeth with someone else's toothbrush can increase the level of bacteria in your bloodstream.
Deodorants come packed with antimicrobial properties to get rid of the bacterial stink. Sharing a deodorant stick can transfer skin's cells and hair particles from pit to pit and put you at risk of infections.
You may wonder how sharing a nail clipper can be unsafe, but it turns out the nail cutter carries a risk of nail fungus. Moreover, there is a risk of transmitting blood-borne viral infections--especially if you accidently clip the skin.
Sharing your water bottle can lead to saliva swapping. It has the risk of strep throat, colds, herpes, mono, mumps and even meningitis.
Good personal hygiene is imperative to a healthy lifestyle. Sharing of personal items can transfer germs and bacteria. It can be harsh on the body and therefore, it is necessary for you to be careful on personal hygiene matters.
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