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6 facts you didn’t know about public toilets

Public toilets are often the worst offenders in spreading bacterial infections. They are notorious for being unhygienic and dirty and are a nightmare to use for most women. There are few options that can be deployed as holding pee is also a very harmful option. Let us first see how public toilets are adversely affecting our health.

  • Bacteria in the toilet bowl
    The stagnant water in the toilet bowl is often chock full of bacteria and the best way to reduce the activity is to flush the toilet before use. This acts effectively in reducing the air borne fecal contaminants and other viruses that exist in the toilet bowl.
  • Toilet seat germ infestation woes
    Are you one of those perfectionistas who covers the toilet seat with paper before putting your butt on it? Well, you are not too bizarre. There IS a remote chance of a skin to skin infection in some cases, and if you have a cut or abrasion on your skin, the fear is only too real. CA-MRSA is a deadly is a community associated virus which can survive in the human groin and skin for long periods. It is intelligent to use a portable disposable female urination device like Peebuddy which allows you to stand and void yourself.
  • Contaminated soap adds to the germ quotient

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    Open soap containers attract air borne contaminants in plentiful numbers. The problem becomes worse if the soap is diluted excessively as the germicidal properties are undermined. And to top it all, do not forget that someone with dirty hands has touched the soap dispenser so many times. It is a good idea to carry Intimate wet wipes and multi-use wet wipes in your bag to avoid using soaps in public toilets.

  • A large percentage of people do not wash their hands after using the loo
    It is surprising that a large percentage of men and a small one of women do not wash their hands at all after a trip to the washroom. And, even if the rest do, a large number do not wash their hand for the mandatory 15-20 seconds that is needed for germs to be rendered ineffective. It is important that you use a good hand sanitizer or multi-use wet wipes to maintain optimal hygiene.
  • Doors and handles have more germs than the toilet seat!

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    You will be astounded that toilet doors and handles are hot beds of germs. It is very advisable that you use a paper towel to open handles. And do not forget the hand sanitizer.

  • Public toilets have inadequate ventilation

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    Public toilets are often poorly ventilated and no access to sunshine and oxygen rich fresh air. This increases the chances of germ colonization. The sheer number of users make the soap and water cleanliness inadequate. The moist and warm environment attracts bacterial growth immediately after a cleaning happens. Choose the freedom to pee without touching the facilities by opting for the portable disposable female urination devices that you can easily carry in your hand bag.

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5 Deadly bacteria that hail from public toilets

As a woman you are only too aware that many deadly bacteria are omnipresent in public toilets. These bacteria can lead to severe Urinary tract infections that can in turn lead to cystitis and kidney damage in the long run. Being exposed to these dangerous bacteria is the part and parcel of every woman’s life. You go to office, shopping, airports; other modes of travel all pose the same threats. The toilet may look clean but may still harbour a host of bacteria that can damage extensively.

Are clean public toilets really clean?

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The clean looking toilet in the high profile Mall you visited is not really “clean”. Studies show that within 5 hours of cleaning with germicidal or bleach solutions the public washrooms are recolonized with multiple bacterium strains that can cause severe URIs.

Staphylococcus is a persistent strain that infests public washrooms and is a known pathogen. It can cause various infections and skin rashes and infections are the most common. If you have a cut or sore on your buttocks and the bacteria is present on the toilet seat, you might just fall prey to the infection.

Most Staph infections are easily treated with antibiotics, but the MRSA strain can be resistant to antibiotics making treatment difficult. But you can take a breath of relief; very few cases are reported as originating from restrooms! It is definitely a good precaution to use a portable disposable female urinating device like Peebuddy to avoid contact with the toilet seat.

Streptococcus is another bacterium strain that is commonly resident in public toilets. These bacteria can cause a throat infection or even pneumonia and can cause severe food poisoning in some cases. These are generally found in faecal matter and can contaminate the toilet seat, door knobs, faucets and handles. They are likely to be airborne for nearly 2 hours after the flushing of the toilet. These are treatable with antibiotics. Do consider using intimate wet wipes to minimize infections from toilet seats.

E Coli infections are a dreaded word in the medical community. Commonly found in public toilets these bacteria can cause UTIs. In some severe cases, where immunity is weak, a person might contract bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps and pain. The infection can be persistent and painful at the same time. Disposable female urination devices can be the answer to this issue as you can actually pee standing up and avoid any contact with toilet seats.

Shigella bacteria can also cause abdominal cramps, severe Diarrhoea or even lung infections.

The various sexually transmitted infections are also a possible consequence of using an unhygienic public restroom, although it is unlikely in healthy people with high immunity.

Although we tend to blame toilet seats for infections, the faucets, flush handles and door knobs are more likely to spread infections. Use Multi use wet wipes to keep yourself fresh and germ free after a sojourn to a public toilet. The good news is that you are not very likely to catch any infections if you are careful and maintain personal hygiene.

Alert: For all the mothers, and young ladies – Use Sanitary & Diapers Disposal Bags to dispose off used pads and diapers. Keep the bathrooms hygienic. Live, and Let Live Healthy and Dry.

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What our experts warn about getting Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections or UTI’s are a very common occurrence in women. They can be very troublesome and can be a source of further complications. It has been seen that UTI’s can also lead to infection of the bladder, urethra and also cause kidney damage. These infections may become full blown before you see any symptoms. The better option is to prevent rather than treat.

Symptoms that you should not ignore

There are many telltale signs that you must be on the lookout for and must treat immediately on manifestation.

  • You always feel like you want to pee, although you have just emptied your bladder a short while ago. You pass miniscule amounts of urine very frequently.
  • There is a burning feeling when you urinate, which often is painful.
  • There is an accompanied pelvic pain that is concentrated in the center of the pelvis and across the pubic bone area.
  • You might find that the urine is cloudy.
  • There is a strong smell to the urine which is not the usual odor.
  • There might be a pinkish tint to the urine which is suggestive of blood cells present in the urine. This could be very significant and the patient should be checked thoroughly for underlying sinister causes.

Any symptoms that develop that point to a UTI should be immediately checked by a doctor before it spreads and creates bigger problems like cystitis and urethritis. Thy are eminently treatable with the right antibiotics.

How can we avoid UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infection) ?

There are many precautions we can take to ensure that we do not fall prey to a painful UTI.

  • Drink plenty of water and fluids. The more you drink the lesser the chances of bacterial infections.
  • Do not hold your pee. If you find public toilets unhygienic use Peebuddy, a disposable portable female urination device which allows you to pee while standing up. This device is also helpful if you are unable to squat on a toilet due to joint or nerve pain.
  • Infections generally occur when the pH balance of the body is upset, or the body is unable to keep bacteria that infest the Urinary tract at bay. It is wise to use intimate wipes to keep yourself clean and dry.
  • It is a good idea to pee within half an hour of having sex. A woman’s anus, and vagina are close together and the motion of the sexual act can transmit Bacteria that can cause UTI to the urethra in the process.
  • The Vaginal environment must be alkaline to deter UTI’s.
  • Do ensure good bowel habits as constipation may prevent the bladder from emptying fully, causing malicious bacteria to thrive.

Eat plenty of probiotics like yoghurt, drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetables, especially citrus fruits. Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy bladder. Use feminine care products like tampons which are of good quality. The most important advice that women can follow is to pee whenever the urge strikes you, using disposable portable female urination devices to ensure safety.. Look out for our next blog which will warn you about the germs that can assault you while peeing in a public toilet!

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The colour of your pee can be the indicator of your health status

The colour of your pee can be the indicator of your health status

We do not wish to scare you, but there is a possibility that you may be ignoring some serious alarm signals that may be visible from the colour of your pee.

The common notion is that if the colour of your urine is clear, you are probably safe! Sadly, it is just not that simple. In general terms, your urine must be clear enough for you to read a newspaper through a bottle of pee. However a slight yellow tinge in the urine is absolutely healthy and natural. Products like the Sirona’s Mother & Child Kitare good options if you are keen about preserving your intimate health.

How does the colour of your urine determine your health?

  • If you have been consuming copious amounts of broad beans or rhubarb, brown tinted urine is acceptable. Antibiotics could also be the cause of brown urine. But, do rule out kidney or liver disorder.
  • Red or pink urine could be an indicator that there is blood in your urine, and yes it could be a serious issue! If you a keen high impact sports person, it could be a sign of injury to the urinary bladder. A little blood in the urine can signify serious ailments like cancer or kidney stones. In a lighter vein, blackberries or other richly coloured foods may also be the culprit behind reddish urine!
  • Vitamin supplements may cause bright yellow urine. The excess vitamins that your body cannot absorb may be excreted through urine, giving it a bright yellow hue. Do increase the intake of water if the colour is more straw like as it could be a sign of slight dehydration.
  • If your urine is clear, you probably do not much to worry about. But do take a note of the amount of water you are consuming. If it is excessive, it might lead to diluted urine and blood and electrolyte disorders, as your intake is higher than the output. If you do drink a lot of water do not hesitate to use the bathroom often. Use a device like the Peebuddy which is a disposable, portable female urination device for women to combat dirty or unhygienic loos.
  • Cloudy urine could be a sign of bacterial infection in your urinary tract. They are easy to treat and should never be ignored. Do use Intimate Wet Wipes to keep infection at bay.
  • Dehydration may cause you to pass bright orange urine. This is common in the first morning urine as your kidneys have been busy all night. Too many salty foods may also cause your body to retain water, giving rise to orange hued urine. Hit the water bottle with a vengeance. But, do get your liver function tested if the condition persists.

Read the indications smartly

Pee can be an indicator of health and can help in many an early diagnosis if we learn to read our bodies well. Use devices to maintain hygiene and cleanliness and stay in the clear of urine! (Oops!)health.

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Afraid of using the loo while travelling?

Afraid of using the loo while travelling?

I am one of those quite rare breed of women who work in hard core sales. The work is good and the pay even better, but I am going to quit my job! Stunned? I am quitting my ideal job as I just cannot handle the dirty loos anymore. The stinky, dirty loos in the restrooms when I traveled those highways frustrated me in ways you can never comprehend.

Holding in pee till my stomach hurt. My only concern used to be where to find a clean loo. To combat this situation I started drinking water in very small amounts. And you can guess the rest. Kidney stones made their appearance amidst a lot of pain and nausea.

How to brave dirty loos when travelling?

The best way to avoid dirty loos is to use the bushes on the roadside if you are travelling through the countryside. They are better than the dirty public toilets which will give you Urinary tract infections. Sounds ludicrous but it is absolutely true. The other option would be to squat and try not to breathe while peeing.

Afraid of using the loo while travelling?

Then I discovered the disposable, portable female urination device called Peebuddy some time ago. It has changed my life. It is but a slim packet that I carry in my purse with ease. Just tap open and pee standing up. No messy loos and no fear of Urinary tract infections. I can drink as much water as I want and not worry at all.

Other ways to keep intimate areas healthy while travelling

There are small things you can do to keep dry down there when you have a long car drive.

  • Use a panty liner that absorbs bodily fluids and keep you feeling fresh and dry through the day. The stickiness of white discharge leads to rashes and itches while travelling and can create a lot of discomfort.
  • Carry an Intimate Wet Wipes packet with you and wipe dry every time you use the loo. It not only staves off infection but also keeps you smelling fresh for a long time.
  • Tampons are the ideal companions when you are travelling as they are small and hygienic. They can be disposed easily. Sanitary and diaper disposal bags are also a good option to dispose your soiled hygiene products safely while travelling.
  • Afraid of using the loo while travelling?If you suffer from period cramps Sirona’s period pain relief patches are the best pain killers hitting the Indian market to minimize stomach cramps naturally. Trust me, it’s a relief to travel if you are not suffering from debilitating pain.

All these are readily available as a pack that you can carry with you on your next travel. I for one vouch for the portable urination funnel that allows me to pee while standing up. It has helped save my job. I am so comfortable travelling all across the state now, with all these feminine hygiene products making my life so comfortable. I now travel even during my period and don’t have any worries to show for it!

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