You’ve probably noticed that in many movies the main characters do not remove their shoes when entering the house. It seems a little odd, especially when you consider that the removal of shoes at home is also a common practice not only in Russia but also in the Asian and middle Eastern countries and households. Maybe you take off the shoes at home, because you don’t want to carry mud to clean the carpets or the floor, or perhaps you just want to rest from the Shoe? However, scientists say that if you take off the shoes out of concern that the house may get harmful bacteria, you can relax. According to the authors of the study, excited about the mud on the shoes is exaggerated as a more urgent health risks are often ignored.
What is on the bottom?
In 2008, researchers observed the new shoesworn by the 10 participants for two weeks, and found that coliform bacteria were extremely common at the external side of the Shoe. It is known that E. coli, among other diseases, causes intestinal infections and urinary tract infections, and meningitis. By the way, on our channel in Yandex.Zen you will find a lot of information from the world of scientific research, useful health.
Charles GERB, the Professor and microbiologist from the University of Arizona, studied how many and what kinds of bacteria linger on the sole of the Shoe. This study also showed that bacteria from shoes can be discovered at a great distance from the entrance, and even in the personal space. Note that the present study was not published in a peer-reviewed journal. It was attended by a limited number of subjects. The study was supported by the Shoe company Rockport, which tested the shoes, machine washable.
Why don’t you get sick because of dirty shoes?
Transmission of microbes from shoes possible if you touch the Shoe, and then, for example, to the face or mouth, or if you will eat foods that fell on the floor. However, in the hierarchy of potential health hazards in the home dirty shoes is not the main one. So, according to the results of another study published in the journal Anaerobe in 2014, some items of daily use such as sponge for washing dishes, can inspire the real horror. The fact that the jaws remain remnants of food and moisture, thereby encouraging the growth of bacteria. Experts suggest to change the sponge for washing dishes at least once a month.
But outside the home there are items and surfaces that are frequently touched and rarely cleaned, such as money, ATMs, buttons and handles of gas pumps. So that bacteria from dirty shoes on the General background do not look so scary. In this case, Pets, in particular dogs on their paws too can bring into your house a lot of dirt.
Why do not be afraid of dirt?
Given the benefits of modern medicine, the likelihood of getting sick from dirty shoes infinitesimal. The author of the book “Dirt is good” Jack Gilbert and does believe that there are theories suggesting that the removal of the elements from the outside into the room can help to stimulate the immune system, especially in children. According to Gilbert, in the first year of life physical interaction with the dog can reduce the likelihood of developing asthma in a child is 13%, while the interaction with the animals in the barn or on the farm can reduce it by 50%. Still, experts remain unanimous in their opinion: the best we can do for your health is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after walking in the street.
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Is it safe to wear street shoes?
Experts believe that it is better to remove your shoes if you live in the house small children or people with allergies. This is especially true for the spring and fall season allergies, because the pollen may fall from the shoes on the floor, especially on carpets. Also, the need to remove shoes present in that case, if the person’s immune system is compromised — this applies to cancer patients, those who have undergone organ transplants, and people with infectious diseases. Actually, let’s not forget that the removal of shoes when entering the house due to the good observance of customs that were integrated into the cultural fabric of many Nations. And, of course, for reasons of hygiene.