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Pathogen: Many people don't wash their bedding often enough
There is hardly anything more cozy than fluffy pillows and blankets. Especially on weekends and on vacation, many people like to stay in bed longer. What is less beautiful is what lurks in the bedding: mites, fungi, bacteria. Experts recommend cleaning the bed more often.
Pathogens frolic in bed
Even if it is important to keep yourself and your surroundings clean, experts repeatedly point out how to avoid hysterical hygiene. Because too much hygiene favors allergies. Around the bed, however, it should usually be significantly more clean. Bacteria, mites and fungi are often found in pillows, bedding and mattresses. These can cause various illnesses. Specialists are advised to clean the bed more often.
More mushroom spores in synthetic pillows
Researchers from the University Hospital of South Manchester found in an older study that pillows that are over one and a half years old can contain between four and 16 different types of fungus.
Back then, the scientists reported that more mushrooms were found in synthetic pillows than feather pillows.
This has consequences especially for patients with respiratory diseases such as asthma or sinusitis.
Fungal infections in humans threaten serious health problems. For example, US scientists from the University of Cincinnati pointed out the risk of asthma from mold fungi years ago.
What is in the bedding
But there are not only mushrooms lurking in bed. There are also dust mites, pollen, bacteria and so much more.
Philip Tierno, a microbiologist and pathologist at the New York University School of Medicine, said in a report on the Business Insider website what everything can be in bed:
"They have fungal spores, bacteria, animal hair, pollen, soil, lint, materials from the sheets, coloring agents, all kinds of excretions from the body such as sweat, saliva, vaginal and anal excretions, urine, skin flakes" and cosmetics used by humans, the scientist explained.
And there is a lot more, says Tierno, such as Essen, that “people eat in bed. Of course, this creates a nice environment for these organisms ”.
How often should you wash bed linen?
The microbiologist also explained how often the bedding should be washed. According to his statement, the above-mentioned components usually collect around one to two weeks until they have reached a significant amount.
"Conclusion, they should probably be washed once a week on average." According to Tierno, a survey he and his colleagues had carried out showed that not even half of all respondents cleaned their bedding so often.
And mattresses, which usually have more dirt and pathogens lurking anyway, cannot be easily put into the washing machine. (ad)