From mall migraines to shopping cart safety, The Doctors reveal the shocking health risks of shopping.
• While shopping has its risks, it also has its benefits. Learn why a little retail therapy can go a long way.
Do you feel run down after a day at the mall? Shopping can actually have adverse medical effects on your body.
Table Top Dangers
Shopping can work up an appetite, but before you sit down at the food court, learn what’s lurking on the tabletops!
One study found E. coli and other harmful bacteria present in the rags used to wipe off public table tops.
After testing a supposedly clean table at a food court, The Doctors found 111,000 colony-forming units of bacteria on a “clean table,” which had just been wiped off.
“They’re not cleaning anything, they’re just spreading things around,” pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says.
If swallowed, E. coli can cause diarrhea, UTIs, pneumonia and other illnesses. However, since people ideally eat their food off their plates and not off the table tops themselves, these contaminated surfaces should not cause significant harm. But as an extra precaution, you can take the following steps:
• Use disinfectant wipes before eating at food court tables.
• Wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or changing diapers before eating.
• “If it drops on the table, don’t eat it,” OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson advises.
Makeup Counter Risks
Ladies: Love sampling free products at the makeup counter? You may be getting more than you bargained for. Viruses that cause herpes and pink eye thrive in moist environments, making lip gloss, foundation and eye shadow a perfect breeding ground. Plus, studies have shown that 67 to 100 percent of cosmetic samples at makeup counters are contaminated with bacteria like strep, staph and E. coli.
E. coli has a shelf life of roughly 16 months, while staph and strep can live up to six months on various cosmetics.
“These bacteria have a fairly long lifespan, so it’s something you have to be aware of,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork says.
The Doctors conduct their own undercover investigation and send a staff member to find out just how contaminated makeup counters really are!
Shopping Cart Safety
Thousands of kids are sent to the E.R. every year due to shopping-related injuries! Dr. Sears shares tips for keeping your kids safe at the store.
Pesticides on Your Produce
Do you know which are the dirtiest of your favorite fruits and vegetables? Two audience members go head-to-head to try and guess which produce is contaminated with the most pesticides. The truth will surprise you!
• Take this list on your next shopping trip: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean 15
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