In general, you may think that you have done a great cleaning at home, but there are many germs that are not seen. Perhaps because they are in very difficult to reach places or because the human eye simply does not perceive them. That is why we will talk about 5 germs that are in your bathtub. 

1. Salmonella

Both the kitchen and the bathroom are characterized by being places where germs tend to appear, and they are generally perceived by the appearance of tiny black dots and small spots that denote the presence of mold.

One of the germs that can also cause a lot of damage is Salmonella. This is well known for being present in the kitchen, bathrooms and other humid and commonly used places, the worst thing is that it can proliferate in an accelerated way.

There are several symptoms that we have Salmonella and we must take them into account to treat it in time. In general, this bacteria usually causes:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Colic
  • Vomiting and nausea in infected people 

2. Escherichia Coli (E. Coli):

Generally, Escherichia Coli is usually lodged in the intestine and almost never causes significant damage. However, there are certain types of Escherichia Coli that can cause much more serious damage, manifested in well-known symptoms.

Symptoms can begin as simple abdominal pain or mild lack of appetite, which may not cause alarm. However, another more serious symptom is diarrhea and, in the worst cases, it is usually accompanied by bleeding.

Despite being usually found in the intestines, they can withstand a time outside. So they can also make their appearance in bathtubs, toilets and other areas of the bathroom. For this reason, you must have a lot of hygiene and caution when entering and leaving the bathroom.

3. Campylobacter

The Campylobacter is one of the germs found in your bathtub. This germ can enter through the nose or mouth , causing an intestinal infection.

There are several symptoms and depending on the severity of the damage they can range from a simple pain to a strong fever. The symptoms that people affected by this germ usually present are listed below:

4. Streptococcus

This bacterium called Streptococcus most often affects mothers and young newborn children. This happens since they have very low defenses if the delivery has been very recently. Within this class of germ, there are 2 different types of Streptococcus: type A and B.

For example, in the case of type A, people often have a very painful throat infection. The tonsils tend to swell and have whitish spots.

Streptococcus also causes scarlet fever, a disease that usually occurs after coming out of pharyngitis. It is very common for it to cause the skin to have a reddish rash.

On the other hand, Streptococcus type B tends to mainly attack the person’s blood, causing infections and pneumonia. In newborns, it causes meningitis.

To prevent its appearance, it is important to do tests during and after pregnancy. It is necessary to start attacking the bacteria even before birth, to save the life of the little creature.

5. Staph

Staphylococcus can be found in the air, in water, or even on our skin or our pharynx. Its presence can cause infections, wounds and boils on our skin. It is related to clusters of cocci as they are bacteria with a rounded shape.

This germ is another of those that are present in the bathrooms and bathtubs of homes. It is necessary to carry out an adequate sanitary cleaning to avoid the appearance and permanence of the same. Of this bacterium there are approximately 3000 types but there are no significant differences between them.

Simply put, germs in your bathtub tend to spread due to humidity. That is why it is advisable to keep these areas of the home that are humid most of the time clean and dry. These are places that require constant attention and sanitary measures.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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