You wake up with a blistering headache and runny nose. It’s in the middle of the summer and cold and flu season are way over and done with. You wonder, how could this have happened? According to Men’s Health magazine, there are many common dangers that could pose a threat to your health. These may sound a bit outrageous, but research has shown that our everyday encounters can be causes of sickness.


The first common threat to our well being is an infection called MRSA. MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics including oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin. Recent research by Dr. Charles Gerber shows that MRSA is not only in locker rooms anymore. MRSA can lurk somewhere much more close up and personal – on your cell phone. Dr. Gerber of Arizona University tested 25 cell phones and 20% of those came up positive for MRSA. A simple solution to this – grab a box of Clorox wipes and clean your cell phone.


Next hazard that we all should be alert of is the shower curtain. Microscopic germs love to hang out on shower curtains that provide a damp and humid environment. Dr. Norman Pace at the University of Colorado in Boulder tested five plastic shower curtains. His findings – millions of microbes of bacteria and 80% he found to be harmful to humans and could cause illness. Solutions to this, buy a fabric shower curtain, most bacteria thrives on plastic or make sure to pull your plastic curtain closed to keep the bacteria from growing in the folds.


Dr. James L. Sublett, who works for Family Allergy and Asthma, offers another threat to your health. Dust mites can cause serious problems for those with asthma and allergies. Dust mites survive in mattresses, carpet and upholstery and even if they are killed their excess can still linger. Some tips to get rid of these pesky organisms – wash all of your linen in very hot water, choose a dry cleaning method for your carpets because dust mites can live in the water that is left over from carpet shampooing, or use an HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter for your vacuum that can stop dust from being spread back into the room.    

Hopefully you can stop asking "why am I sick?" and start taking more precautions. With the right precautions you can save those sick days on the job and put them to better use.