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 kippreport
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.