Your parents have probably warned you to take off your shoes before you come inside, or have they allowed you to go with your shoes inside? Various experts took a closer look at this habit, and in this article, we are going to talk about the results.
There is a lot of leaves, soil, and bacteria on the street, and your shoes are in a direct contact with them when you walk outside. Because of that, the bacteria will latch onto your shoes. One of those bacteria is E. Coli, and it is usually found in dog waste, on the floors of public bathrooms and bird droppings. There is also a lot of bacteria that is contained in the leaves and debris on the ground, which cannot be seen by the human eye. There are more than 421,000 types of bacteria on the shoes that we wear, and if we go with our shoes inside of our homes, we are essentially transferring 90 to 99 percent of that bacteria inside our home.
The harmful effects of Coli
Coli is a bacterium that is living inside of our intestines. It can lead to the development of intestinal problems, diarrhea, and the development of urinary tract infections. The most common symptoms of it are diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and constant fatigue. This is a bacterium that can affect you when you swallow it even in the smallest amounts.
Clostridium difficile can be life-threatening
According to the newest study from Houston, it was concluded that our shoes carry bacteria that are very strong, and one of them is known as Clostridium difficile (C difficile), which will inflame our colon and it can threaten our life. In order to find out where this bacterium is coming from, the researchers analyzed about 2500 samples from this bacteria, and they have concluded that about 450 of them were coming from a hospital. The rest of the samples showed that it came from shoes that were used for walking in fast food restaurants, chain stores, parks, and commercial stores. The research also concluded that about 25 percent of the shoes that people were wearing were carrying this bacterium.
Symptoms of C difficile
According to the latest research, more than 500,000 people in the United States get sick from this type of bacterium, and the number of the people that were suffering from it is on a constant rise in the last couple of years. When somebody is affected by it, and as the time passes, it is becoming more and more difficult to treat it. Individuals that are affected by it will have an increased heart rate, they will get dehydrated, and they will have blood in their stools.
If you are experiencing water stools, and you notice that you have some of the symptoms that we mentioned above, for more than two straight days, we suggest that you immediately consult with your doctor.
A simple solution
You can protect yourself from the various bacteria, simply by taking off your shoes before you go inside of your home. You should not wipe your shoes from a mat and then go inside, because that will not remove the bacteria from your shoes, but they will just be cleaned from the visible dirt that is on them. On the contrary, this will just attract more bacteria from the mat.
If you have this dangerous habit, you need to stop doing it, because that way you will be able to protect yourself and your loved ones from many different types of bacteria.