Hi there, Eric Bakker, naturopath and author of Candida Crusher; another question.
Can I get a yeast infection from using someone’s dirty towel?
Well, why would you use someone’s dirty towel? It’s not a good idea to use a dirty towel from somebody else. You’re better off using your own clean towel. It’s not likely you’re going to get a yeast infection from a towel, but it could happen.
You need to be cautious of towels because towels can contact the foot, the genital region, and other areas of the body. Obviously using a towel in situations like that you can transfer fecal matter, you can transfer yeast, and you can transfer saliva or secretions to any part of your body. My advice would be not to towel share, particularly if you have a partner who has an existing yeast infection. Always best to use a clean towel. Not a good idea. The same goes with hand towels or bath towels or any type of personal care products that you’re going to use on your body.
I’ve known some people who’ve complained of oral thrush, for example, after using a toothbrush from somebody else. And again a good idea is to sterilize a toothbrush in some hydrogen peroxide and water is a clever idea.
So answering that question, can I get a yeast infection from someone else’s dirty towel? It’s a possibility, but a remote possibility. But I would not prefer you share a towel with somebody else. Use your own towel. Why not?
Hope that answers your question. Thank you.