How much shingle protection makes sense – and what is unnecessary or even harmful? To conclude our Stuttgart series, we provide practical tips for hygiene in everyday life.
Stuttgart – Where many microbes live, which can be dangerous for humans, and how can you protect yourself and others from the infection? Top questions and answers on the topic. Where are the germs everywhere in our environment? Microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi are ubiquitous. For example, they live in the ground and can be found on almost any surface. Our skin is also colonized by bacteria. Normal skin flora includes types of Staphylococcus epidermidis. These spherical bacteria are harmless. They can even protect the skin from colonization with pathogens. The skin also lives on microorganisms that are only temporary people and usually do not pose a danger to healthy people. When can hazardous germs become dangerous? In people with impaired immune system some of the bacteria that live on the skin can cause infections – for example, if they can penetrate the body through the wound. Especially dangerous microorganisms are resistant to multiple drugs, against which common antibiotics no longer work. This category includes, for example, a widespread bacterial species of Staphylococcus aureus. Resistant germs in hospitals again and again lead to infections and deaths. Increased risk of infection has patients carrying medical equipment in the body – such as a bladder catheter. Even larger wounds increase the risk. Hygiene is therefore more important in hospitals than in everyday life. That is why it is very important here that nurses and doctors disinfect their hands after each patient.