Plumbers warn of four serious illnesses you can catch from your shower

With the warmer months resulting in more showers taken, it is important to keep your bathroom as clean as possible – or risk serious health problems

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Brits are being warned to regularly scrub their showerheads, especially as the warmer weather means more showers and a greater need for squeaky-clean bathrooms.

Experts are sounding the alarm that slacking on hygiene could lead to severe health issues. Plumbing pros at Trade Plumbing have launched an urgent call to action for UK households this summer. Neglecting your showerhead can expose you to serious illnesses, according to research highlighting that grimy showerheads often become a breeding ground for four key types of nasty bacteria.

The experts have listed the potential health risks associated with each type of bacteria:

Malassezia Fungi and Acanthamoeba – These can trigger eye problems like Blepharitis and, in rare cases, even vision loss,

Malassezia Restricta – Known to cause infections of the scalp.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa – This one’s linked to ear infections.

Legionella bacteria – Though incredibly rare, it can lead to Legionnaires’ disease, which is more commonly found in public facilities than homes.

Peter Clayton, a plumbing expert, stresses that cleaning your showerhead isn’t just about health – it also enhances your showering experience. He points out: “The build up of limescale on your showerhead can eventually obstruct water flow and lead to a weak and unsatisfactory shower experience. This is especially true for those who live in areas with hard water due to its high mineral content.”

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