An NYU study conducted testing on clothes found in various department stores and the results will make you want to avoid shopping! The study found norovirus, fecal bacteria, staph aureus, and strep on the clothing. Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra adds that many of those bacteria can live for months on the clothes!
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry brings up the point that even prior to being in stores, there are so many different people touching the clothes while manufacturing them and those people could be passing on all kinds of bacteria.
Dr. Batra says our skin acts as a pretty good barrier so the risk of getting an infection is low, however, it’s open scrapes and cuts that you need to be mindful of. These openings can act as a portal entry to your system.
Dr. Batra advises viewers to cover any cuts and scrapes and avoid trying on clothing over any of those exposed areas. When trying on bathing suits always keep your underwear on (and that goes for trying on any clothing). Whatever you buy, make sure to launder it. Dr. Batra says there are a lot of chemicals to give fabrics a finish like non-wrinkling or permanent press and those can trigger allergic reactions.
Dr. Nita adds that when you’re shopping and touching clothes, be sure to wash your hands after, prior to hitting the food court!
So should you avoid buying new clothes forever? Of course not. The Doctors just want you to be more mindful and careful.