There are many blood vessels in the ears. That's why it's very easy to become infected with blood-borne diseases simply by wearing a friend's earrings. The next time you want to borrow earrings, wipe them with rubbing alcohol first.
Although deodorants do have some antibacterial properties to stop the breakdown of sweat by bacteria present on your skin, antiperspirants do not. Sharing roll-on antiperspirants—and even deodorants—can results in the transfer of germs, bacteria, fungi, and yeast from one person to another.
Bodily fluids containing chlamydia and/or gonorrhea must be transmitted from person to person in order for an infection to occur. Therefore, infected fluids on a toilet seat or a bar of soap cannot transmit chlamydia and/or gonorrhea to other toilet or soap users.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation about not sharing personal items (including bar soap) is referencing methicillin-resistant staphylococcus, also known as MRSA, a type of staph infection that is resistant to certain types of antibiotics, “which is a bacterium,” says Dr. Morrison.
Our hands and especially feet are bed to many fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends not sharing nail clippers as one of the preventative measures against spreading Hepatitis C, in particular.
Toenail fungus is a highly-contagious, easy-to-spread, hard-to-treat infection. It thrives in warm, damp environments, like pools, locker rooms, and even showers. It transfers to other surfaces on contact, like your feet or things like towels and footwear.
Dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into a capful of rubbing alcohol or specialized piercing and earring cleaning solution and apply to the front and back of the earlobes and the earring. Gently rotate the earring in the ear for several turns. Repeat this process once or twice each day until the holes have healed.
If desire to be part of the history of a unique piece of jewellery, buying second-hand pieces is a great idea. It's also a good choice of getting good quality jewellery at a lower cost . The rate of a jewellery piece depreciates when owned making it a cheaper than a new one.
We would still strongly recommend you not share nail polish with any other person, whether at home or at the salon. The bigger concern is that simply wearing nail polish in the first place can make your toenails more susceptible to fungal infection.
Do I need to throw away my shoes if I have toenail fungus?
Disinfect Your Shoes
Whatever shoes you wore while having toenail fungus may still contain traces of it. Certain types of fungus can be quite hardy and remain around for some time, increasing the risk of re-infection. This does not necessarily mean you have to throw your shoes out.
A simple and easy fix at home is to “sanitize shower bases with a potential disinfectant like bleach. It kills spores of fungi,” Tierno says. Try a diluted bleach solution to kill off any potential threats.
Even before that, a study of some of the essential oils in Vicks VapoRub showed that they are active against five different species of fungus that infect nail tissue (Phytotherapy Research, April, 2003). Camphor, menthol, thymol and oil of eucalyptus are effective against these organisms.
Put nail clippers into a small bowl of boiling hot water, scrub with a toothbrush, wipe with rubbing alcohol and dry with a clean towel. Bleach is a very good disinfectant: Soak nail clippers and tools in undiluted bleach and wipe them dry with a paper towel. And keep your pets away!
Negligence and accidents during the use of sharp instruments such as nail cutters, razors, shaving blades and clippers may be risk factors for blood-borne infections such as Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and Human Immune-deficiency Virus (HIV), causing serious health problems.
So, through the same, germs might get transferred from one person to another if the soap is shared. However, washing the soap thoroughly before use will restrict the spread. In 1965, a study was conducted to test if bacteria gets transmitted between people if they were using the same soap.
Bacteria spread through shared towels can enter the body through pores, cuts, sores, and wounds. These are some of the most common illnesses that arise from towels: The bacteria that causes staph infections grow quickly in damp conditions that towels cultivate.
The verdict: We recommend skipping the washcloth for face cleansing. The risk of spreading acne-causing bacteria and clogging pores with debris is high, and dry areas can form from daily friction. If you love using your washcloth for showers, then Dr. Schlessinger recommends reserving it for use on the body.
In terms of HIV transmission, sharing blunts, weed (marijuana), cigarettes, sodas, etc., does not put you at any risk. If you are concerned about contact with other people's saliva, you might be at risk for anything transmitted via saliva (like a cold).