Will I get sick if I stay in an unclean hotel? The doctor reminds: these 3 things are best not to touch

A business trip and a hotel stay, after all, isn’t it just a matter of getting some sleep? However, there are many people who have slept to the point of doubting their life because of this sleep…

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In September last year, Ms. Zhao and two colleagues went to Jinan for a visit and checked in at a nearby express hotel. When she entered the door, she found that the quilt was relatively trendy, but the staff said that the room was limited. Ms. Zhao She was about to stay. She didn’t expect that the night after she moved in, Ms. Zhao felt itchy all over her body. She went to the hospital for an examination and even got allergic urticaria.

Ms. Huang checked into a hotel in Hangzhou. When she was about to rest at night, she just sat down and felt a pain in her buttocks and thighs. She turned her head and found that she was stabbed by a steel wire on the bed. , the wire is about 1 cm long and curved. Ms. Huang had read the news that someone was stabbed by an AIDS needle, and she was very scared, so she rushed to the CDC the next day, took the medicine to block HIV, and spent more than 1,000 yuan.

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Life is so hard! People who often travel on business are even more trembling! If you stay in an unclean hotel, is it true that you will be “accidentally” infected by various infectious diseases?

Actually, many diseases are not scary originally, but as long as the word “infectious disease” is added as a suffix, many people will make up a big drama… If you add “” Reproductive Tract Infectious Diseases”, then this drama may be even more indescribable…

First of all, what is an infectious disease?

Infectious diseases are diseases caused by various pathogens that can be transmitted from person to person, from animal to animal, or from person to animal. It can involve bacteria, fungi, parasites, or viruses, all of which are pathogenic organisms that are ubiquitous and staggeringly large [1]. Almost every corner of the earth has their descendants, which is also very domineering!

But of the thousands of pathogens, relatively few species can invade the body and multiply to cause disease. Among those pathogens that can cause human disease, some are highly contagious and live and multiply on the skin, in the oral cavity, in the upper respiratory tract, the intestinal tract and the reproductive tract (especially the vagina).

The pathogens of most reproductive tract infectious diseases, such as Treponema pallidum, HIV, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, HPV, etc., have relatively harsh environmental requirements. If it is not a “VIP room” such as human body fluids or mucous membranes, It is difficult for them to survive.

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Just like Ms. Huang in the news worried about being infected by HIV, the possibility is extremely low:

1. The HIV virus exists in the semen, blood, and vaginal secretions of infected people. It cannot survive in air, water and food. Once it leaves the human body, it quickly loses its ability to transmit.

2. Contact with HIV and a sufficient amount of the virus invades the human body to be infected. There is very little blood on the needle, and we have the natural barrier of the skin, so even if there are virus residues, it is difficult to reach the disease-causing conditions.

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Then some people will ask, hotel bathtubs and toilets, can this kind of public utensils that directly touch the skin transmit STDs?

One ​​reason, unless the infected person leaves a lot of bodily fluids in the bath or on the toilet, and the surrounding co-bath or the next toilet user has an open wound

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What’s more, for a bathtub sitz bath, even if a wound is exposed to pathogenic substances, the addition of a large amount of water in the bathtub will dilute the pathogenic substances, even if it enters the human body and kills people. The force is also almost zero.

Therefore, the viruses and bacteria of reproductive tract infectious diseases are really fragile, and it is generally difficult to survive in hotels.

But parasites such as pubic lice and trichomoniasis may indeed stay on wet towels for a longer time, so it is recommended to use hotel towels and bath towels with caution.

In fact, all reproductive tract infectious diseases are transmitted through sexual contact, blood and placenta; indirect contact is also less likely to transmit reproductive tract infectious diseases, but the probability is too low !

Therefore, many people tell the doctor about “reproductive tract infectious diseases contracted in hotels”, but the doctor will only laugh without saying a word…

Although the hotel is not clean, it is not easy to contract genital tract infections, but it does not mean that you will not contract other diseases. These “pits” of staying in hotels should be avoided when it is time to avoid them!

It’s possible!

The scientific name of athlete’s foot is tinea pedis. It is the most common superficial fungal infection of the skin. Live well, my wife is easy to grow and reproduce, such as attaching to various daily necessities – shoes and socks.

If the hotel provides non-disposable rubber slippers and the last person who used them happened to have athlete’s foot, there’s a good chance you could get it. However, many hotels are now disposable non-woven slippers, so wearing this kind of slippers will almost never catch athlete’s foot, unless you have it yourself and are too big to be discovered.

Therefore, the reliable and safe way is to bring your own slippers. You can also buy disposable slippers if you think they take up space~

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Hepatitis B is not an infectious disease of the digestive tract. This virus has no living conditions in the normal undamaged digestive tract, so even if the tableware or food is accidentally contaminated with hepatitis B virus, if you also have a healthy digestive tract, you can basically ignore it.

Eating out, or even sharing meals with hepatitis B patients and hepatitis B virus carriers, are not among the three main transmission channels for hepatitis B. [2]

For cups, if you are worried that the disinfection is not in place and other germs remain, they will basically disappear after the cups are cleaned and rinsed several times in the hotel. If you are really worried, you can also buy bottled water.

It is possible.

The mattress of the hotel has not been exposed to the sun for a long time, and the sofa or carpet has not been exposed to sunlight for a long time, which is easy to breed mites, and even fleas and bed bugs. If you are a sensitive person, you are likely to have a “beautiful” chemical reaction with these unexpected bugs, such as papular urticaria.

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Papular urticaria has an incubation period of onset, which can range from a few hours in the fastest case to three to five days in the slow case. Many people often find out after returning from travel, or only aggravate after returning. But in fact, the problem is not big. After staying away from pathogens, most people may be fine after three or five days. If it gets worse, see a dermatologist.

Some hotels may also have mold on their sheets. If the hotel room is warm, humid, and not ventilated, it is easy to breed these small molds. Therefore, when staying in a hotel, remember to check the bed sheets and duvet covers for mildew spots.

It is said that many people also buy dirty sleeping bags online in order to protect themselves.

For those who want to travel for a long time and stay in a hotel as a “just-needed” friend, please come and claim these “just-needed experience” of staying in a hotel~

1. You can always keep some equipment: such as water cups, towels, slippers and other personal items.

2. Try not to sleep naked or on your stomach: It can reduce the contact between the sensitive parts of the body and the sheets and duvet covers, and reduce the risk of infection.

3. Smell the air in the room: If you smell musty as soon as you open the door, what are you waiting for, this room is likely to be left uncleaned for a long time, so change the room decisively!

4. Walk around: Check the sheets and pillows for stains and hair, and then check whether the washing utensils and cups are free of water stains.

5. Look at the corners of the bedding, laundry, bathtub: Generally “excellent” hotels have newly replaced sheets and duvet covers with obvious creases.

As soon as you notice something different, apply for a replacement or check out immediately.


[1] Ma Qing. Observation on the prevention and control effect of health education in tuberculosis, AIDS and hepatitis B infectious diseases [J]. World Latest Medical Information Digest, 2019,19(40):209,213< /p>

[2] Dr. Gan Magazine. Expert opinions on the whole-process management of health care for patients with chronic hepatitis B (1) [J]. Dr. Gan, 2015, (3): 24-28.


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