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Diseases You Can Get from Toilet Seats

diseases from toilet seats

Germs in restrooms may be a concern to you. You must be careful of various viruses, bacteria, and parasites that can survive on bathroom surfaces. 

You might be wondering if STDs are transmitted through toilet seats. While this is not the case for most STDs, there are still a few that you should be aware of so you can take the proper precautions to avoid catching these diseases.

This blog will highlight the effects of dirty toilet seats and the diseases that are present in toilet seats

Effects of Dirty Toilet Seats

Using public bathrooms is an experience that everyone has had to experience at some point in their life. We are aware of the germs that reside in public toilets, but there are also certain diseases that can be transmitted in this environment.  

Several disease-carrying organisms can survive for a limited time on the surface of the seat. For an infection to occur, the germs would have to be transferred from the toilet seat to your urethral or genital tract or through a cut or sore on the buttocks or thighs. This scenario is possible but very unlikely. 

As always, follow a hygienic routine when using public bathrooms. Washing your hands and avoiding touching any surfaces will decrease the chances of obtaining infectious diseases. 

How Long Do Diseases Live on Toilet Seats?

The chances of having an STD from a toilet seat, such as genital herpes or chlamydia, are very low. Microbes usually tend to die when they come in contact with cold surfaces, such as toilet seats. However, there are other infections that you can get from a toilet seat. 

For example, the majority of influenza viruses can live for about 2-3 days on non-porous surfaces, like toilet seats, while other virus strains can survive even longer and affect one with a common cold or flu. 

Gastrointestinal viruses like norovirus cause stomach issues very similar to E. coli. They transmit easily and can live on contaminated, non-porous surfaces for up to two weeks, even if the surfaces are cleaned. 

The chances of being affected by bacteria are significantly reduced when using a cleaner toilet seat and washing their hands before touching the mouth, eyes, nose, or other sensitive areas. Be hygienic and protect yourself from germs and bacteria.

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Common Diseases You Can Get from Toilet Seats

Even though having a disease from a dirty toilet seat is unlikely, there is still a small possibility. Here are the common diseases that you can get from a toilet seat:

  • Fecal bacteria
  • Influenza
  • Streptococcus
  • E. coli
  • Hepatitis
  • MRSA
  • Salmonella
  • Shigella
  • Norovirus
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Syphilis

How JonEvac Keeps Your Bathrooms Clean

Having a clean toilet seat is an important line of defense when fighting off germs and bacteria that are transmitting infections. Flushing the toilet also releases these organisms into the air, and this is where JonEvac comes into play.

Here at JonEvac, we have patented the revolutionary JonEvac Ventilated Toilet Seat System that prevents restroom air pollution by sucking polluted air from the toilet bowl and preventing it from escaping into the restroom. This will remove odors and keep harmful organisms from spreading in your bathroom.

Everyone deserves an odor and germ-free restroom, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

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