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Can a person get a disease from them? I am always afraid to use public bathrooms because maybe I will get a disease.
 

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Not really. You could catch germs like you could anywhere else that would make you sick (like the flu, a cold, etc). E-coli bacteria can be found in restrooms. But you can't get sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, or hepatitis from them. Make sure you wash your hands real good with soap and water afterwards. That's your best defense. I actually don't touch anything in public restrooms after washing my hands. I'm a little germaphobic. And always keep your hands out of your mouth and away from your face (this will cut down on breakouts too).
 

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Ok I was worried cuz at the air show I went to today all they had were outhouses which were really nasty and no place to wash your hands. I was worried about it all day. im always wanting to stay clean !! lol
 

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I think one can get Hepatitis A, though.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/a_prevent.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/h.../a_prevent.htm</a>
 

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True. I should've specified Hep C.<br><br><br><br>
LC-I carry around a travel size of Purell in my purse. Not as good as washing your hands, but it'll do in a pinch.
 

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As uhm, personal, as this might sound women should all learn to pee standing up (facing front of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">). Much less to worry about that way.<br><br><br><br>
But don't get too freaked out though. Most people don't become ill using public restrooms. With all of the advertising out there about antibacterial soaps, femnine "hygeine" products, etc. it's easy to get too worried about germs. Humans are far more resilient than we're lead to believe, your body can handle a lot.
 

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Yeah, but you're still bound to touch something while you're in there. And some folks don't wash their hands nasty little hands, so whatever you may touch may be somewhat of a present they left behind. More germs are left on your hands and then ingested through your system than picked up on your butt from a toilet seat in my opinion.
 

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Or squat on top, which is also safe if you´re in the big business.<br><br>
Quizeen: I agree on germs, but sometimes people just feel disgusted.
 

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Believe it or not, Antibacterial hand sanitizer is better (gets rid of more germs) than the standard handwashing procedures.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">When using an alcohol-based handrub, apply product to palm of one hand and rub hands together, covering all surfaces of hands and fingers, until hands are dry. Note that the volume needed to reduce the number of bacteria on hands varies by product.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Alcohol-based handrubs significantly reduce the number of microorganisms on skin, are fast acting and cause less skin irritation.<br><br><br><br><br></div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/pressrelease.htm" target="_blank">http://www.cdc.gov/handhygiene/pressrelease.htm</a>
 

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i'm always a little paranoid about public washrooms and especially outhouses/portajohns<br><br>
i always cover the seat in at least 2 layers of toilet paper before going anywhere near it. i'm not real good at the hovering thing.<br><br>
course if you're worried about splashback (ew) you could also string tp across-ways and poke a hole in the middle.<br><br>
gross but effective. i don't do this but it's an idea for when you come across a really disgustingly filthy toilet (think highway gas station) but you can't hold it to find another one.<br><br><br><br>
and yeah hand sanitizer is my saviour when i'm camping or at the numerous bike races through the summer. most sites now have washrooms with plumbing but over a busy long weekend they're always bound to run out of soap
 

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You can also get SCABIES from public restrooms. I read about it, somewhere (although I don't remember the source).<br><br>
Scabies are just little bugs- if someone else has scabies, uses a public toilet and you use it after them; there is a possibility that you can contract them via the toilet seat. It is, however, completely cureable so although it would be horrible and incredably disgusting to have them- you could get rid of them in a matter of days.
 

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If a place is supposed to provide restrooms but they are filthy, complain to someone. At a local music venue, they used to have way too few decent bathrooms, so women would go out into the woods to go, but then a few got attacked and raped. This place has many more bathrooms now, all clean.<br><br><br><br>
Another music venue I was at supplied the bare minimum allowed by law- water just sprayed out of a hose, and there were a small number of portapotties. But after waiting forever, I got in and it was so absolutely filthy and unsanitary, there was no way I could go in there (and I can stomach a lot. This was worse than that "worst toilet in all of Scotland"). That's not acceptable. I held it for the next three hours, ruining my time there. (no woods, no nothing).
 

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This is kinda silly, but I was in Baja last weekend and was surprised to find that every single public restroom I visited was really very clean, cleaner than most in SoCal.
 
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