A new study found that showerheads are rife with bacteria-filled slime that could make us sick.
Showerheads develop scum-also known as biofilm-due to the warm, wet conditions.
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder collected samples from 656 households across the United States and Europe.
It turns out, showerheads are crawling with bacteria.
Many aren’t harmful, but the team did find traces of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) in showerheads across the United States.
NTM is particularly prevalent in parts of Southern California, Florida, and New York – all areas with higher reported incidences of NTM lung disease, the study authors note.
They believe showerheads may transmit the disease.
Symptoms of the infection include coughing up blood, shortness of breath, persistent coughing, fatigue and fever, according to the American Lung Association.
The infection is treated with antibiotics, according to WebMD.
You might want to think about cleaning your showerhead every now and then. Using vinegar, which has been shown to kill many types of mycobacteria.
Culled from Yahoo news