Jelly Top of Your Shower can be Full of Germs

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Salty jelly on the top of your shower can be full of germs of lung diseaseThat is why it is a good idea to know exactly what live in our shower, in some cases some of these germs turn out to be dangerous.

A team led by researchers from the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder in microbial communities living in our shower heads, found some interesting differences between the US and Europe, along with possible pathogens of lung disease.

“Most of these microbes are harmless, but a few are not,” explains environmental scientist Noah Ferrer of the University of California at Boulder.

His team was particularly interested in microbes of the genus Mycobacterium – a group of bacteria known to its members that cause leprosy and tuberculosis. Apart from these two tranches, sex includes nearly 200 other species commonly found in the environment In that soil, dust and tap water. Together, referred to as non-tuberculous mycobacterium.

The “myco” part of the name of this species of bacteria is a hint of fungus, and it actually bears evidence of one of its peculiar properties – these bacteria love to cultivate the colonies in a mold-like way.

Which means that NTM can be trapped in the gel you find in the most bleak areas in the bathroom, such as the edges of the sink, and yes – the shower head.

Most NTM is not associated with any human diseases, so you do not have to worry about purchasing an industrial debugger.

But there is something like this where NTM caused lung infection. As part of their study, researchers wanted to know if the showers could specifically harbor and distribute these pathogens.

“It is important to understand the methods of mycobacterium exposure, especially at home,” says lead author of the study, microbiologist Matt Gebert of the University of California at Boulder.

“We can learn a lot from the biofilm study that accumulates inside your shower head, and the associated water chemistry.” To detect such details the team requested help from scientists from the United States and Europe.

DNA analysis of 656 biofilm samples from household baths, as well as basic water chemistry data for each source, was completed.

As they suspected, there was no shortage of NTM in their results, although it was found that there were significant differences depending on the area where samples were collected and water sources.

“Our independent analysis of agriculture has shown that the Mycobacterium genus has always been the most abundant species of bacteria in shower heads in residential rooms,” the researchers wrote in their study.

Mycobacterium was more common in American households than in European individuals, and the group assumed that it could be because of differences in chemicals used to purify water. In the United States, chlorine is more common, but NTM tends to resist this type of disinfectant.

Apart from geographical differences, households using well water have a small amount of mycobacteria in their water compared to households using municipal tap water.

Strangely enough, the metal shower heads owned more than NTM, while plastic was home to a more versatile microbial, possibly because of the chemicals in the plastic that keep the mycobacteria under control.

As we mentioned earlier, just because there are bacteria in the bathroom but we should not panic.

But the team found that in areas of the United States where NTM was more prevalent – places like Florida, New York and parts of southern California – shower microbes were also hosting more NTM.

At present, the team’s findings have shown a correlative relationship, not causality, but they hope to do future work to find out why these nasty pneumococcal bacteria remain in some areas, not others.

“With regard to the following, we hope to begin exploration, along with the specificity and abundance, which causes this amazing geographical difference within the genus Mactus,” said Gebert.

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