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Bacteria on clothing affect your health

San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Do you suffer from respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections? Or poisonings? Be careful: these symptoms and diseases can be caused by bacteria that are attached to the tissues of the clothing.

And the list of symptoms is even greater. These microorganisms can also cause problems, such as skin infections, sepsis, diarrhea and salmonellosis, among others.

the bacteria in clothing It is a real problem. Microorganisms such as Enterococcus hirae, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella choleraesuis are mostly found in clothing fabrics. But how did they get there?

Before they arrive at the stores, the clothes become contaminated during the production process, storage and transport to their commercial destination. The risk exists because when passing from hand to hand the bacteria that we have in our body or that are present in the environment, can be deposited in these clothes.

What are bacteria?

Bacteria are prokaryotic microorganisms with a size of a few micrometers (usually between 0.5 and 5 μm long) that are invisible to the human eye, so that the bacterial problem often goes unnoticed.

They have different forms, including filaments, spheres (coconuts), rods (bacilli), corkscrew (vibrio) and propellers (espirilos). Bacteria are prokaryotic cells that do not have a defined nucleus or are present, generally internal membranous organelles.

How do you expose yourself?

the humidity and darkness, are the two factors that enable the proliferation and development of bacteria, a real problem that is being ignored by many people who are not aware of the damage it can cause.

The clothing is exposed to bacteria on many occasions, some are so every day that they can be overlooked, these are:

– New clothes
– Clothes dried in the shade
– in contact with animals (pets)
– Clothing that is stored in the cupboard for a long time
– In contact with human sweat (during sports, for example)
– Clothing exposed to contaminated places (hospitals, gyms, outdoor)
– Any circumstance where the clothing is exposed to moisture and darkness

Specialists recommend keeping clothes clean, if you buy new clothes, try to wash them before you use them. If you try them in the store, always do that with a piece of clothing underneath. Yet many have tried the same piece.

Do not forget to avoid the situations described above and apply these tips to reduce the risk of bacteria attaching to clothing and that this may affect your health and that of your family.


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