If you’re like us, you were raised to take your shoes off in the house when coming from outside. However, some people were raised to keep them on, which, besides being unusual, is a more dangerous habit than anyone can imagine. Scientists recently examined what keeping the shoes on in your home means, and the results are incredible.
Imagine this – you’re walking down the street and enjoying the sun with your headphones plugged in and your favorite band coming through them. Nice, isn’t it? How about you take a look to the ground? You probably don’t do so and never pay much attention to what’s down there. Scientists have the answer, though – it’s bacteria. Your shoes act like magnets for E. Coli and other dangerous types of bacteria as well as dog waste, bird droppings and other dangerous stuff. If you keep your shoes on when you get home, you will definitely help them roam free.
Although the naked eye can’t see it, leaves and other stuff on the street and pavements contain an incredible amount of bacteria. On average, scientists say our shoes have more than 420 000 different bacteria on them, and up to 99% can be transferred in your home. That’s a pretty big number and a serious health concern as well.
E.Coli – how dangerous it is?
In short terms, very dangerous. Escherichia Coli is a bacterium that lives in your intestines that can cause a variety of digestive problems, urinary tract infections, abdominal cramps, nausea and fatigue. The infection occurs if you swallow a bit of the bacterium. Now, you’re probably thinking that’s bad, and it can’t possibly be worse than it. You’re wrong – our shoes actually contain even more dangerous bacteria than E. Coli.
Meet Clostridium Difficile
According to a new study from Texas, our shoes contains a bacterium known as C. Difficile which can cause life-threatening inflammation in the colon. Doctors previously thought that this bacterium ends up on your shoes from healthcare settings, but the study showed that only 448 of the 2538 samples were actually from hospitals. The rest came from parks, fast food joints and stores. This bacterium was also found in people’s homes, and was present in 25% of the tested shoe samples.
Signs and symptoms of C. Difficile
More than half a million people get sick from this dangerous bacterium every year, and the numbers are constantly on the rise. C. Difficile is getting increasingly hard to treat and causes dehydration, pus and blood in the stool, irregular heart rate, abdominal swelling, etc. If you’re having diarrhea for 3 days or more, we suggest visiting the doctor.
How to stop carrying bacteria in your home
Here’s some good news – it is possible to avoid carrying the bacteria in your home. You just need to take your shoes off when coming in from outside. Cleaning them on a mat doesn’t work, and won’t remove all the bacteria from your shoes. This will only add more bacteria to the mat, which are another potential threat for your health.
If you have a habit of wearing your shoes in your home, you need to change it. It will free you of thousands of potentially fatal bacteria and protect your health.