Researchers Suggest Running Your Shower To Decrease the Risks of Crohn’s Disease

Researchers Suggest Running Your Shower To Decrease the Risks of Crohn’s Disease
running shower and Crohn’s DiseaseScientists believe that bathroom showers may spread bacteria that cause Crohn’s Disease, and advise people to run the water for a short period before taking a bath. A Lancaster University research team examined domestic showers from different regions of the country and identified mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) in three out of thirty different samples. According to Sarah Knapton’s article on The Telegraph, MAP is responsible for Johne’s disease in animals, especially in cattle, and it is believed to be closely related with Crohn’s Disease in humans, since the majority of CD patients’ were also found to be infected with MAP. “We recommend that in line with precautions against Legionnaires’ Disease, that showers should be run for a short period before use, particularly those that have not been used for a while,” advised Professor Roger Pickup, from Lancaster University’s Faculty of Health and Medicine. Referring to the existing recommendations on the use of air conditioners -- which are often responsible for the transmission of the Legionnaire Disease -- where people are advised to let the air run for a while before they breathe it, researchers recommend that “showers should be run for a short period before use, particularly those that have not been used for a while,” Pickup continued. Scientists also found the bacteria was present in five of the samples o
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