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Taking a shower could make you sick

Taking a shower could make you sick

Scientists have found that bacteria present in shower heads can make people very ill. You might want to think twice before showering next time

September 15, 2009 11:00 by

Researchers at the University of Colorado have found that showerheads form the perfect breeding ground for bacteria because of their moist, warm and dark interiors. And so, when you turn on the shower, you are basically getting bathed with bugs.

“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,” said Professor Norman Pace, a microbiologist who conducted the research.

These microbes can cause respiratory problems such as tiredness, dry coughs and in some cases can lead to lung problems.

Researchers tested 50 shower heads from nine cities in the US, and found that 30 percent of the devices were a potential risk.

The new finding is scary, but we doubt it will make people stop showering. What the study could do, however, is probably inspire some enterprising entrepreneur to start a showerhead cleaning product called the “Showerbug Slayer” or something like that. We would buy it.

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1 Comment

  1. OFiroz on September 16, 2009 12:08 pm

    I don’t think it will be applied here in UAE, that bacteria will shower on your face once you open the tap. Here water is so hot sometimes hot enough to make a coffee. No bacteria can live in that temperature, and winter being so short I don’t think bacteria can live long as well. Even if microbes are dumbed in shower heads we people are opening hot water first from water heater to check the temperature and gradually opening the normal water along with it in order to get nice warm water, so there is no chance for bacteria to lay their eggs in there!


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