Top Germ Harboring Places Chronic Kidney Disease And Diabetic Patients Likely To Pick Up Infections

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“We encounter about 60,000 types of germs every year..." said Dr. Philip Tierno, Director of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology (New York University). Both Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetes drastically lower patients' immune system making them much more vulnerable to the risk of contracting infections or disease that in some cases are deadly. If you are concerned about touching a surface and picking up a virus you should be because bacteria runs rampant on the surfaces you touch every day. 

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While only 1%-2% of bacteria are potentially dangerous to people with normal immunity, the numbers are much higher in the CKD and Diabetes populations due to the fact that their weak immune system does not have the same ability to fight off germs. A healthy alertness toward germs and viruses is important to maintain your well being. Published by LifeScripts.com, CKD and Diabetic patients can guard themselves against viruses, bacteria and avoid getting sick by following these expert tips. 

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Everyone has to shop for groceries, but be careful. Shopping cart handles are a breeding ground for infectious viruses and gut-wrenching bacteria. “Customers may sneeze, wipe their noses, then touch the cart handles,” said Dr. Lola Stamm, Microbiologist (University of North Carolina). 

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Shopping carts are also contaminated by children’s dirty hands and by leaky meat packages that you toss into your cart. Poultry and beef specifically can contain bacteria such as salmonella, campylobacter and E. coli, which cause severe diarrhea, intestinal swelling, nausea and vomiting. About 70%-80% of the shopping carts tested nationwide had E. coli, according to researchers at the University of Arizona.

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Cart kid seats are full of E. coli as well because of raw food and kids' diapers. Grocery basket seats and handlebars are seldom disinfected, so use disinfecting wipes on handlebars and seats. Many stores now offer these at the entrance. 

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In public restrooms bacteria swarms on the sink tap or faucet handles because we touch them right after using the toilet, researchers say. And the soup dispenser is no better. To avoid infection, CKD and Diabetic patients should not touch moist surfaces; wash their hands thoroughly after touching sink faucets and soap dispensers. Also use a paper towel to turn the water off. 

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Scientists took samples from dozens of escalator handrails in malls across the country and found 19% showed high bacterial contamination. "The sheer volume of people who touch escalator handles makes it a bacteria hot spot,” researchers found. Hence, those with CKD and Diabetes should avoid touching escalator rails if possible. If you must touch the rails then do not touch your face and be sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer afterward.

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Though the intention is good, when busboys wipe down a table or chairs, their dirty rags may be spreading a small film of E. coli. They should put disinfectant on the rag after each use, but studies have found that on average the same cloth is used on more than a dozen tables before it was disinfected. CKD and Diabetic patients should carry sanitary wipes to swipe the tabletop and chairs before eating.

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Touch a germ-infected surface, then rub your nose or mouth, and you very well may get sick. Unfortunately, going anywhere people congregate can boost your chances of catching something, said Dr. Tierno. That’s because viruses and bacteria live practically everywhere and can survive up to two hours on shopping carts, escalator handrails, even doorknobs before they find their next victim.

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References: 

Nicole McEwen, Special to Lifescript. "Avoid Getting Sick: Top 8 Germiest Public Places Exposed." Http://www.lifescript.com/. Women's Health Issues.

"How Does Diabetes Effect Immune Systems?" Http://ezinearticles.com/. SparkNET.

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