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The Five Germiest Places to Stick your Fingers

by Robbie Daniels posted May 7 2014 11:21AM
Germs and bacteria are virtually invisible—and, most of the time, just a finger's length away. And sometimes, your fingers' attempts to soothe one problem only opens the door to more.Here are five objects that you should think twice before touching: 1. The Gas Pump Handle.  A 2011 study from Kimberly-Clark found that 71 percent of pump handles are highly contaminated, meaning they’re more likely to cause infection. We know: It’s pretty much impossible not to touch them. But what you can do is grab one of those paper towels from the dispenser next to the pump and use it to hold the handle. And, of course, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly after filling up.2. Your Nose.  Picking too frequently—or too enthusiastically—could lead to cuts, irritations, and even infections, says Marc Glashofer, M.D., of the American Academy of Dermatology. It’s also common to tear your “nasal septum,” that piece that separates your nostrils, if you dig for gold for 30 minutes or more a day, according to a study from Wisconsin’s Dean Foundation.3. Your Eyes. Do you rub your peepers when you’re tired or when your contacts become blurry? Don’t! “Keep your fingers out of your eyes as much as possible during the cold and flu season, as viruses are easily spread by you touching a contaminated surface and then touching your face,” says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology at the University of Arizona. Reduce your risk with steady doses of hand sanitizer. 4. The Hotel Room Remote Control. Surf channels in the hotel, and you could just as easily pick up fecal matter. A 2012 study from the University of Houston found E. Coli hanging out on a whopping 81 percent of the surfaces in hotel rooms, including the telephone, the bedside lamp, and the remote control. Gross. We know you want to watch TV on your business trip—just make sure you clean the clicker with a disinfecting wipe first.5. The Break-Room Sink Faucet. Going to the office kitchen to wash your hands might not be the best idea: 75 percent of break-room sink handles have high levels of contamination, according to a 2012 study by Kimberly-Clark. In addition, your coworkers can spread contamination throughout the office when they heat up lunch, make coffee, or simply type on their keyboards. Men's Health Magazine . Additional research by Markham Heid  http://www.menshealth.com/health/worst-places-stick-your-fingers
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The Five Germiest Places to Stick your Fingers
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