We’ve all been there before. Betrayed by our stomach. Forced to make a mad dash to the bathroom.
Then spending the rest of the day feverish, nauseous, and running dangerously low on toilet paper.
Most of us automatically blame something we ate. But it turns out it could have been something you touched instead. Because new research reveals, we’re surrounded by one of the nastiest bacteria around.
It’s called Clostridium difficile (C. diff). And it’s everywhere, contaminating many of the surfaces you come into contact with throughout the day.
In fact, there’s a good chance you’re unwittingly bringing it into your own home.
And a simple case of diarrhea may only be the beginning of the nightmare. Because a severe infection with C. diff could even land you in the intensive care unit. And if you’re older or have chronic health problems, it could be life-threatening.
You might not be able to keep C. diff out of your home entirely. But you can certainly make a dent. And I’ve got THREE simple steps you can take to slash your odds of being exposed and getting sick.
Meet the bug behind DEADLY diarrhea
C. difficile infections are typically caught when you’re in the hospital. They most often occur after someone has been on a heavy-duty antibiotic making their good-bug defenses low. And it can cause diarrhea so severe it could literally kill you.
C. diff is often drug-resistant, so it can be difficult to treat. And that’s especially true if you’re not in the best shape in the first place. Which is often the case if you’re in the hospital.
As a result, C. diff kills some 15,000 Americans every year. But the new study shows the threat isn’t just confined to the hospital anymore.
Scientists took samples from a variety of different locations across 11 countries. They included both healthcare settings and regular everyday places. And C. diff was detected in 25 percent of the samples regardless of where they were gathered.
Even more disturbing is that they found this dangerous bug on nearly half of all shoes they tested. This means you could bring C. diff into your own home simply by strolling through your front door.
If you’re at home and healthy, exposure to this germ might not KILL you. But even a less severe case will still ruin your weekend.
And if you’re a little older, a little weaker, or struggling with an immune system that’s not functioning at peak levels, it could turn into a life-or-death battle.
That makes avoiding C. diff essential.
THREE ways to BLOCK the bugs INCLUDING C. diff
C. diff might be the worst of the lot. But it’s not the only microscopic threat out there right now.
There are a variety of other bugs hiding out in public spaces, including offices, supermarkets, parks, churches, restaurants, and restrooms.
And those include…
- other stomach-turning bacteria
- skin infection germs
- viruses like flu and cold
But we can reduce our risk for all of them, including C. diff, by taking three basic protective steps.
STEP ONE: Soap and water.
The best option for clean hands is to wash them with plain old soap and water for at least 20 seconds, which is very effective against all kinds of germs, including C. diff. The soap breaks up the protective lipid layer that surrounds the germs, prying them apart, and then they simply get washed down the drain.
So wash up whenever you get home. And give your hands a good scrub before eating, so the stuff on your paws doesn’t end up in your belly. But be sure to avoid antibacterial soap, which could contribute to antibiotic resistance. It doesn’t perform any better than the regular versions anyway.
STEP TWO: Hand sanitizer.
Once triclosan was removed from hand sanitizers, I started carrying a bottle everywhere I went. Alcohol-based sanitizers don’t contribute to antibiotic resistance. Some bacteria may be more tolerant of alcohol in hospital settings. But hand sanitizer is still an excellent first line of defense against sickening bugs when you don’t have soap and water nearby.
STEP THREE: Shed your shoes at the door.
As the new C. diff study shows, shoes are germ-carrying vessels. If you’re wearing them inside your home, you risk dragging whatever’s on them into every room.
In many countries, it’s a common practice to leave your shoes at the door. It might be time we try that out here, too.
You can make it a habit and encourage visitors to follow the practice by setting up two baskets or boxes near the front door. One can be used to hold outside shoes, and the other can have slippers or flip flops that are to be worn only inside the house.
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