Gastrointestinal parasites, oral blisters, and diarrhea: all symptoms that we hope to avoid as we wash our hands after using the restroom! However, the only thought more horrifying than the thought that only 5% of people wash their hands correctly after using the restroom is the transfer of fecal-to-oral diseases lingering on surfaces that you are touching. These serious diseases are transferred by fecal particles on surfaces such as toilet handles, door knobs, and faucet handles in a public restroom. Before you skip out on washing your hands, consider these four fecal-to-oral diseases that may be crawling around your restroom surfaces.
Although this disease is most often spread through eating or drinking food or drinks contaminated with fecal matter, it begins with poor hand washing in public restrooms. The most well-known symptom of this disease is painful sores in the mouth, fever, and blisters on hands and feet.
A parasitic intestinal illness, giardiasis is spread through hands that are contaminated from fecal contact. It’s painful symptoms include gastrointestinal complications such as cramps, gas, and diarrhea. Treatment for giardiasis often requires stool samples over a week or longer to confirm that the illness has completely flushed through your system.
This disease is particularly dangerous, both because of its serious symptoms and also the nature of its incubation in your system. As a liver infection, the symptoms of this disease are especially serious because of the long-term effects that it can have on your body over time. Initial symptoms of hepatitis A are often flu-like symptoms and digestion discomfort that can be treated over one to two months.
Similar to E.coli, shigellosis is a gastrointestinal illness caused by Shigella bacteria passed from fecal to oral contact. Poor hand washing and contaminated food often lead to the spread of this illness in restaurants and child care centers. It’s painful symptoms include diarrhea, cramps, and gas pains. To avoid the spread of this illness, both customers and restaurant employees should wash their hands thoroughly before returning to work around food.
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