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Gonorrhea or chlamydia infection from a toilet seat. Is hydrogen peroxide useful to kill the germs? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi doctor, I type very slowly please bear with me
Doctor :   It is ok, you can proceed with the query.
User :   can one catch gonorreha or clamydia from an apparently clean and dry toilet seat after it had been used an hour and a half before?
Doctor :   Are you asking about a public toilet or home?
User :   Home toilet but two people used it who I really never met before. I guess I should also ask if the time frame would be enough to kill any possble bacteria of this type.
Doctor :   It is possible to get from toilet seat , if the other person was having it too. It is better if you clean the toilet with disinfectant before use.
User :   I wiped it down with small amount of hydrogen peroxide before I used it but My wife ,who is a nurse told me that H. Peroxide doesn't really kill germs. I thought it did.
User :   I also really didn't dry off thr H.P. before I used it
Doctor :   You can try phenol liquids if you feel hydrogen peroxide is not good.
User :   My wife feels I was in no danger since the seat was completely dry to start with and no one had used it for one and a half hours. Would you agree?
Doctor :   Yes absolutely, there is no need to worry. You can use phenols from now on wards if any external person uses it.Diseases can spread by air, by unclean doorknobs etc.. The only thing important is clean your hands before food and have daily bath. You will be alright.
User :   Thank you doctor. If I start to worry how long would i have to wait to get a test for both gonorhea and chlamydia?
Doctor :   If you get any symptoms like itching any dis harge, rashes then only visit the doctor.
User :   About how long before symptoms for these diseases begin to manifest themselves?
Doctor :   Within 2 to 6 days for gonorrhoea but for chlamydia it take may be a year to manifest.
User :   Thank you doctor>
Doctor :   ok, you are welcome.
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