How to stay germ free in public toilets: Doctor’s warning stuns

Are you someone that sits or hovers on public toilet seats?

Doctor Poonam Desai shared a video explaining whether it’s good or bad to sit on public toilet seats.

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Doctor’s public toilet warning stuns.

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“Many people tend to hover or even sit on top of the toilet seat, leading to splashing of urine and feces on the toilet seat,” she said.

She said that while “it’s not very likely that you contract a disease by directly sitting on the toilet seat, it is kind of gross to sit on other people’s feces or urine”.

“I personally tend to wipe the toilet, put a toilet seat cover and then sit on the toilet,” Dr Desai said.

Doctor Poonam Desai has warned against squatting or hovering over toilet seats. Credit: @doctoranddancer

“The reason is if you hover on top of the toilet seat, you can actually cause a strain in your pelvic muscles and incomplete empty.

“So if you want to not only be sanitary but also protect your pelvic muscles, it’s probably better for you to sit on the toilet seat.”

She went on to say that “if all of us sat on the toilet seat using a toilet seat cover there would be less urine and feces on the toilet seat”.

Dr Desai added: “My general rule — wipe it down, put a toilet seat cover.”

Her video titled “Is it bad to sit on public toilet seats?!” received many comments — with many agreeing with the doctor.

She said ‘if all of us sat on the toilet seat using a toilet seat cover there would be less urine and feces on the toilet seat.’ Credit: Getty Images

“Yes, yes, yes,” said one person.

Another added, “Wish more places actually had toilet bowl covers.”

A third suggested, “Bring your own sanitiser and wipe it.”

While another shared: “Yes. Please sit down, Especially if you’re having pelvic floor issues. Men included.”

Meanwhile some revealed they avoided using public bathrooms.

“I can’t use public restrooms. It’s too gross and disgusting,” one said.

Doctor Joseph Salhab explained why you should never use your phone on the toilet. Credit: Dr Joseph Salhab

This comes after another doctor explained why you should never use your phone on the toilet.

Dr Joseph Salhab, from the US, weighed in on a woman’s story after her mum was required to get a hemorrhoid surgery because she was constantly mindlessly scrolling on her phone in the bathroom.

According to Healthline, prolonged sitting can happen if you get very absorbed in your smartphone.

Dr Salhab responded to her mum’s experience, saying: “This is absolutely true.”

Hemorrhoids are similar to varicose veins— but appear in the anus and lower rectum.

”Straining and prolonged sitting when you’re trying to use the restroom puts you at risk of developing hemorrhoids, which can be painful,” Dr Salhab said.

“Definitely try to limit your phone use when you’re using the bathroom to avoid prolonged sitting.”

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