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Disease transmission & Allergies from washers & dryers

Hi,

This question seems wierd, but is there a chance of disease transmission (skin diseases & other communicable) when using common washers & dryers.

Can I use washers & dryers where bathroom mats, bathroom towels are used ? I ask because I see lot of hair getting collected with the laundry when using those dryers. Does this hair allergic or cause transmission...(not to my knowledge). Are there any filters to avoid hair,dust getting collected.

What if I do not use bleach while washing?

I have a 2 yr old, so I started getting concerned than I used to be...

Many thanks
Slint

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Depending on how clean the washer and dryer is, there is always a chance of infection and allergen exposure.

I am not aware of specific filters that are used in washers that would reduce allergens, although you may want to discuss this with an allergy specialist.

Using bleach would reduce the risk of bacterial transmission.

These questions can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patients education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
www.kevinmd.com
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Dr. Can you please provide your suggestion ??
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Dr.. what kind of infections ?? Do we get HIV/Hep/Herpes/HPV ?? What about mrsa ??

Kind of exposure I observed was hair sticking on clothes...(it can be in-grown or body hair..)..I did not observe for any thing else before..
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