• Dr. Gary D. Prant, DPM

Take Off Your Shoes

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

It never ceases to amaze me how germs are everywhere. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a Howard Hughes type germophobe !

I read an article recently that said by taking off your shoes when you come into your house, your house will be about 15 percent cleaner. Not exactly sure what 15 percent cleaner means --but recently I read an article online that really got my attention.

Copy the link below and put it in your browser and see what I mean.

Here is the gist of it reprinted:

Researchers at the University of Houston found that about 40% of shoes were carrying the nasty “C.diff” bacterium, which stands for Clostridium difficile. These spores are not at all easy to treat.

The study found that this C.diff was not only on shoe soles (about 40% of the total examined), but also spread around other household areas such as toilets, tops and surfaces, and wherever floor dust was found. These spores can live on dry surfaces for a long time.

The problem with treating an infection caused by C.diff is that it is resistant to most antibiotics. This can cause the bacterium to proliferate and make recovery very difficult for the patient. The linings in the intestines are attacked, resulting in colitis. Many people in hospitals pick up the C.diff infection and it is becoming more difficult to treat.

Now, you don’t want this bacteria as a guest in your home, do you? Off with the shoes and on with the slippers.


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