August 14, 2019
As kids, we were taught that â€śsharing is caring.â€ť And, being the amazing kids that we are, we have always shared every little bit of good things with siblings, cousins, classmates, and friends. We have shared everything with those close to us, ranging from combs and hair sprays to earphones and phone chargers. However, in recent times, the lifestyle we live and the food we eat has made us more fragile, and sharing certain items may, in fact, be a bad idea. This isnâ€™t merely from a hygienic standpoint, but also a health perspective, since the most difficult ailments come from the least expected sources.
Here we have come up with a list of eight items, and we think that sharing these may not really be the best idea.
Our ears are home to several bacteria due to the humidity in the ear canal while wearing earphones (1). In recent times, our earphone usage has increased drastically, and with that, so has the bacterial presence. Against this backdrop, sharing your earphones with someone can cause the transfer of the bacteria from you to the other person. So, imagine the dirt on those earphones that are carried from one to the other, and if that image doesnâ€™t make you flinch, imagine the earphones you use during a rigorous workout session. The sweat and humidity can form the perfect base for bacterial growth.
You may wonder, â€śHow bad can sharing nail cutters be?â€ť Similar to ears, our nails carry a wide variety of microbes, such as bacteria and fungi, which are not visible to our eyes (2). Nail cutters have the potential to be the perfect carrier of these microorganisms, and hence, infections as well. Next time you want to borrow or lend your nail cutter, think of those perfect nails you have strived to give life to. Are they worth losing?
Well, it is the same place as what we have discussed before. However, this time it is not about the bacteria. The earring holes, as we may know, have numerous blood vessels, and earrings may be a vector of blood-borne infections (3). Well, what if you really need to borrow some earrings? Keep your hand sanitizer handy, and wipe them thoroughly with alcohol and then wear them.
You saw that coming, didnâ€™t you? Lips happen to be one of the most delicate parts of the human body. That is probably why it takes a mere phone falling on your face while late-night texting to leave a dot of blood on your lip. Donâ€™t look around. You know it has happened to you. The lipsâ€™ skin is delicate and sharing a lip balm or lipstick can carry the virus from one person to another, thereby increasing the risk of contracting cold sores (4). So, now you know what to do?
Well, it is just a few strands of hair. How bad can it get? Right?
Visualize that tweezers used to probably get rid of a heavy growth of ingrown hair, and a little bit of blood is involved. Answers your question? Well, the tweezers can be a carrier of a virus that can lead to hepatitis, and hence are best not share from one person to another (5). Want to know what else is scary? The odds are higher if you are using tweezers that are not sanitized in a hair and nail salon.
Duh! Soap cleans us. But, what cleans soap? For this very reason, it is safest to not share soap. Soap can carry a diverse variety of microbes and when it is left in a wet dish for long, it creates the perfect base for the microorganisms to multiply further. So, the next time you plan for a sleepover at your friendâ€™s place, carry your soap or keep a liquid soap handy.
Sweat, dandruff, scalpâ€™s natural oils, and possible lice. Put them all together and that is the perfect recipe for a scalp infection and, if you are having a bad time, maybe a lice infestation too. The sharing of hairbrushes and combs, even for once, can cause infections that you definitely do not want (6). If there is absolutely no option, but to share a comb, wash and sanitize it before and after usage.
As pretty as they may seem and help you become more beautiful, makeup brushes and products have the misfortune of coming in contact with a variety of bodily fluids, such as mucus, acne, saliva, tears, and sweat. And, these fluids hold the â€śguest of honorâ€ť seats in the show called â€śskin infection.â€ť We are not even making it up. The shared usage of eyeliners, brushes, mascara and makeup base, among others, can be a pretty good source of infections (7). Yes, pun intended.
So, here we are. We know you love your girlfriends and sisters a lot and nothing can stand between you all. But, now these items maybe. It is going to be hard to deny them these items when you are getting ready for a party. But, think of it. Better safe than sorry.
What do you think of our list? Is there anything else you would rather carry spares of than share? Let us know in the comment section below.