With more emphasis on dirty toilet as a source of disease, expert has warned that wearing dirty underwear could be as dangerous as dirty toilet.
Dr Taiwo Aderemi, Medical Director of Safepath Hospital, Challenge, Ibadan, Oyo State explained that though the toilet could be a very dangerous place when its hygiene is questionable, not taking proper care of the underwear would also predispose one to diseases.
“If somebody does not take good care of the underwear; wash it properly, clean it with appropriate detergent or antiseptic, spread it where it would dry well before wearing and then, frequent washing of such things, one could be exposed. You don’t use underwear twice whether you are a male or female. Wear one per day, that’s ideal then, wash it properly with detergents and clean water then add little antiseptic if possible and then spread to dry.
“The other aspect is the care of the toilet; if you take good care of your underwear but you carelessly use a dirty toilet, there is the likelihood of still contracting this infection. The same way for the toilet if the toilet is clean and the user is dirty, it can still happen.
“If the toilet that is not well taken care of and the users are not observant enough, they can have contact with lots of microorganisms from such a toilet. When they are exposed to this, it evades their lower urinary tract, thereby destroying organs it meets on the way, right from the organ that is exposed to the toilet directly. In the case of man, it is the penis and vulva in the case of the woman.
The organism would move up into the bladder then the urethra and to the kidney. If care is not taken, it can lead to terrible kidney disease,” he said.