Amaya Gambhir* (28 years), went out for shopping with her family and picked up a few clothes for trials. After trying some clothes, she experienced severe itching and rashes. This soon turned into unbearable pain and redness on her back. “I rushed to a general physician and was told that this was due to trying clothes that somebody else who has infection may have. I had caught an allergy after trying this t-shirt from a mall,” said Gambhir.
Dr Apratim Goel, dermatologist and laser surgeon of Cutis Skin Studio said, “Our own hands are colonised with millions of bacteria. There are many sources of bacteria. And money is the most frequently passed item in the world. These bacterias stay longer on currency than on our skin. Also, a lot of the things depend on the immunity of a person. Other agents of spreading infection could be train handles, taps, passing pen and paper, sharing cosmetics, gym towels, giving visiting cards etc. Another example is, getting books from library. Wherein the bacteria can sit on the books.”
Dr Gautam Bhansali, consulting general physician at Bombay Hospital seconds it by saying, that potential sources of infections can be food, keyboards, accessories and so on. “Even today, while counting currency, people use saliva. Saliva is the most common cause of contagious infections; whether it is for sore throat or viral. The currency you touch, can contain someone’s spit, or sneeze and there are many bacterias that rest in these notes. Also, there are other agents too which can carry bacteria So, during investigation, the type of bacteria is identified,” said Dr Bhansali.
Dr Goel gives some preventive measures:
- Wearing proper masks when outside in order to shoo away airborne diseases.
- Washing hands regularly can be of great help.
- Use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid roadside drinks like lemonade as they are the breeding ground for bacterias.
- Personal cleanliness needs to be carefully maintained.
- Keeping the surroundings clean can be of great help too.