Our site may not work properly for the older browser you're using. Please upgrade to the latest version of Internet Explorer (opens in new window), Google Chrome (opens in new window), or Mozilla Firefox (opens in new window).

doctors & locations MyChart
Urgent Care

Reliant Medical Group Southboro Medical - Now a part of Reliant Medical Group Phone number for Reliant Medical Group: (800) 283-2556 Phone number for Southboro Medical Group: (508) 481-5500

Medical Mythbuster: Can You Really Catch a Disease From a Toilet Seat?

Not surprisingly, many of us can feel uneasy using a public restroom. Even if it looks clean, we wonder about all the germs that could be lurking there. Fortunately, it’s extremely unlikely that you’ll catch something from sitting on a toilet seat in a public restroom. Most germs, like the common cold, can’t survive long on the cold, hard surfaces of a toilet seat. You also don’t need to worry about syphilis and gonorrhea when using a restroom since venereal diseases require sexual contact for transmission. (In fact, there’s no evidence anyone has ever caught a venereal disease using a toilet in a public restroom.)

However, there are some diseases you do need to worry about when using a public restroom. One of them is the norovirus. This particular germ (found in fecal matter) lasts longer on surfaces than others and can easily find its way onto faucet handles and doorknobs as well as other surfaces. That’s why it’s essential to thoroughly wash your hands after using a public lavatory. (Unfortunately, studies have shown that not everyone does this.) So it’s okay to be a little nervous when using the restroom at work, the theatre or a ballpark – just make sure your hands are thoroughly clean upon leaving.

3 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. Posted by Maxine jolly

    I have 3welt like bumps on my right buttock near the crack of my but, what could this be

    July 30, 2018 2:40 am Reply
    • Posted by Reliant Medical Group

      Hi Maxine. Please consult your primary care physician on this matter.

      July 30, 2018 9:31 am Reply
  2. Posted by manoj mathew

    A very interesting and useful information is given here. The importance of ashing hands before and after using a toilet is very well defined here. Hope all who read this follows this guideline.

    September 22, 2017 3:30 pm Reply

Some HTML is OK