It is said that it is very nice to share with others, but often, it is better not to do that. For example, towels, toothbrushes and toiletries are carriers of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can spread from one person to another. In general, it is not good to divide the objects we use on or inside the body, the skin being able to suffer even the smallest scratch, thus becoming vulnerable to microbes. Experts argue that these are not the only objects we should never share with the others or borrow them, the list being quite long and … surprising.
Personal items that you will never borrow
The lip balm. The cold season causes us to take more care of our skin, but especially the appearance of the dry, cracked lips that give us a headache. Many of us have a permanent lip balm or a special cream to treat the problems caused by low tempe- ratures. These are among those objects that we never have to share with anyone. There are many bacteria around the mouth, and the use of the same product can pose risks. For example, herpes is a contagious virus that can survive for up to two hours on the skin, and it can be transmitted from one person to another, sometimes even without causing symptoms. Moreover, microbes can resist the lip balm tube longer because the temperature is the right one and, in addition, the product has fatty acids, an ideal medium for bacteria. Let’s not forget that lip balm is used to treat cracked skin, ideal for infection.
Headphones. It’s not a good idea to share the headphones with another person. Most of the time, these will include ear wax, which contains germs and dirt and will lead to the appearance of pathogenic diseases. People using headphones regularly have thousands of times more bacteria than those who use them very rarely, according to a 2008 study of the Online Health and Science Journal. Researchers claim that bacterial transfer increases the chances of transfer when using the same pair of headphones. At the same time, the chances of external otitis, inflammation of the ear, are increased. Let’s not forget that some natural microbes live in the ear, less harmful, and problems can get worse when new ones are introduced, leading to an imbalance.
Soup and popcorn. One of everyone’s habits is to share food, whether it’s popcorn during a movie or just a few snacks or the remaining food from the small plate. But before dividing the food we should think about saliva exchange. When we eat, drops of saliva are transferred to food. In addition, let’s not forget the bacteria that are on our hands after touching certain surfaces. Saliva can transmit viruses that can cause cold or flu. For example, if two people divide a bowl of chicken soup, they will find that the bacteria have reached the bowl after the spoons they used each, being transported between 70,000 and 90,000 bacteria from just six tablespoons (somewhere in 10,000 bacteria with each spoon).
Toothpaste. Surprisingly or not, not just the toothbrush is the one we do not have to share with other people, but the toothpaste. Generally, bacteria are closely related to gingival issues, and they can spread even when we apply toothpicks on the toothbrush.
The couch. If you relax on the couch after a long day, you unconsciously expose yourself to cold. In a recent study that has not yet been published, the researchers spoke of the viruses they found in the sofa, which can spread very quickly and can cause harm because it will survive two or three days in the couch, and at the time in which you sit create aerosols that contaminate your clothes and hands. Let’s not forget that you can easily inhale the virus. To avoid these situations, choose to sit on leather or vinyl sofas because they can be easily disinfected.
Shaving blades. Never divide the lashes with someone, especially because there is a chance to cut you, and thus allow the infection to occur once the bacterium spreads through the blood. This can cause serious problems, from folliculitis to hepatitis C.