Could germs and bacteria lurking in your shower head be harming your health?
Startling new research by a team at Manchester University has uncovered a string of alarming bugs and bacteria lurking in our shower heads that could make us seriously ill.
Their investigation into bathroom scum found bacteria and fungi linked to a range of illnesses from Legionnaires’ and Crohn’s disease to septicaemia and skin, hair, ear and eye complaints.
Dr Paul McDermott, a former Health and Safety Executive Inspector and an expert in Legionella risk control, has been monitoring the findings.
He said: “Nobody wants to stand under a shower knowing the water coming out of it is dirty.
“But water from an untreated shower could contain more bacteria than you’d find in your toilet.
“The aerosols created when you’re stood under the spray can send any bacteria from the water system into your lungs, onto your body and, in certain circumstances, into the bloodstream too.”
The study was carried out on behalf of Shower Klenz who have designed a shower disinfectant system to eradicate 99.999% of bacteria, including those that cause Legionniares’ disease.
It comprises of a unit that is attached to the shower hose system that can be opened and a sachet placed inside containing chemicals to clean, descale and disinfect the unit.
The treatment is flushed through, removing any biofilm or black gunge that builds up in the shower system and killing almost all fungi and bacteria.
This significantly reduces the risk of the user contracting Legionnaires’ disease and other waterborne infections.
I put together a piece looking at the findings of the study and how the fungi and bacteria can affect our health for this article which appeared in The Sun in their Me health section and on Mirror Online.
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