Can You Get Sick from Touching Paper Money?

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Playing Just How Dirty Is Your Money?

Money passes through countless hands making The Doctors wonder just how dirty is your money and should you be concerned? Current money in the United States is made from a blend of cotton and linen, which is shown to have higher bacterial growth than other plastic-based currency. 

Scientists have identified everything from pet DNA to human feces on dollar bills. The Southern Medical Journal reports that paper money can carry more germs than a typical household toilet and shockingly, 94% of bills tested contained harmful pathogens like staphylococcus, which can be passed by not washing your hands after going to the bathroom! In one study, researchers found traces of cocaine on over 80% of bills swabbed.

While most of the microbes identified on your money do not cause disease, scientists admit they do not truly know the extent to which disease is passed through paper money and coins. 

Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon suggests washing your hands before and after touching money, and he shares that it goes without saying that you should never put your money where your mouth is!