U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 49-year-old member asked:

are viruses contagious through toilets?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cecilia Alailima
General Practice 33 years experience
Yes, any physical: Or airborne droplet contact may transmit viruses. Note this has been happening since the day you were born so most viral transmissions do not cause harm. Use common sense cleanliness - avoid direct skin contact on public toilet seats (or wipe with bleach towelette), wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, leave the place clean for the next user. At home use diluted bleach.
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Low risk...: ...and easy to avoid. The main infections one might acquire in public toilets are colds, flu, and various gastrointestinal infections like viral gastroenteritis ("stomach flu"). There is little or no risk from toilet seats themselves, and for sure no risk of intimate infections like STDs and HIV. You can eliminate all risk by washing hands with soap and water after using the toilet.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A member asked:

At what times is chicken pox contagious?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Till rash is crusted: Chicken pox is contagious for a minimum of 5 days after the onset of the rash until all the lesions are crusted over- whichever is longer.
A member asked:

Is the skin lesion infected and contagious?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Possibly: Certain skin lesions particularly when they are open and oozing can represent impetigo which can be caused by either staph or strep germs which can be spread usually by direct contact particularly to skin that is broken down. Other skin lesions can be caused by viruses or fungi which may or may not be contagious.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is herpes encephalitis contagious?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Not really: Herpes virus types 1 and 2 are contagious, mainly by direct contact with an infected person's sores. A never-infected person, without protective antibodies, could catch herpes from a patient with herpes encephalitis, but he would likely just get a typical herpes infection and future recurrences of sores. It is very unlikely that he would get herpes encephalitis, because encephalitis is quite rare.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is interstitial cystitis contagious?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
No: It is an inflammation not an infection.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Is alphavirus the pathogen that is the cause of chikungunya virus?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Poorly stated: Chikungunya virus is a member of the alphavirus family.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Dec 20, 2019
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.