A doctor has uncovered the alarming reason why you should never flush the toilet while sitting.
In a video posted on TikTok, doctor Mehraveh Seyyed Sayyah, a medical student and influencer, said pimples can occur.
“If the toilet is flushed without closing the lid, small droplets containing bacteria can become airborne and travel two meters high,” the doctor explained.
Toilet bowls tend to harbor a lot of nasty bacteria—especially in the moments after you’ve used them.
Dangerous germs like E. coli and staph can get airborne and get thrown onto your skin, potentially covering it with infections and stains.
E.coli can cause severe stomach pain, bloody diarrhea and even kidney failure.
If there are no complications, symptoms usually last up to seven days, but some infections can be serious and life-threatening.
Staph or staphylococci usually only cause skin problems like boils, pimples, and rashes.
However, if it gets into the bloodstream, it can cause bloodstream infections, pneumonia, or bone and joint infections.
“To prevent this, it is advisable to always close the lid before rinsing,” says the expert.
She also suggested maintaining “cleanliness and freshness in the bathroom” to prevent the accumulation of excessive bugs that could lead to acne.
A video produced by US scientists showed why it is so important to close the toilet seat before flushing.
The experts used bright green lasers and cameras to demonstrate for the first time how quickly they are ejected from a topless public booth.
University of Colorado experts have discovered the fecal and pee particles that shoot out of the toilet when it is flushed.
The droplets can remain in the toilet even after multiple flushes, putting toilet users at increased risk of inhaling a deadly germ.
The disturbing results, published in the Scientific journal reportsalso shed light on how the smaller particles can escape from nasal hairs and travel deeper into the lungs – making them more dangerous to humans.