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New Study Shows How Smartphones Might Contain Allergens and Biohazards

Smartphones are among the most prevalent products in the world, with around 85% of American households containing at least one of them according to a survey conducted back in 2018. They are definitely useful devices, but in spite of the fact that this is the case a new study has shown that they can also be magnets for various biohazards as well as allergens that might make consumers sicker than might have been the case otherwise.

The ACAAI, short for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, presented a study at a recent conference in Louisville. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that the frequency with which people pick up and touch smartphones can result in a large quantity of allergens accumulating on top of them. Two of the toxins that were studied were endotoxins and BDG, both of which were present in elevated levels on smartphones.

These toxins can cause irritation in people’s cilial linings, and they can cause a lot of inflammation as the body fights back against the infection. The researchers also had a control group that wiped their phones down with various cleaning chemicals. Some study participants used isopropyl alcohol wipes to sanitize their handsets.

This made the smartphones safer to use because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up killing the bacteria and eliminating the toxins before they are breathed in. Consumers who suffer from allergies should consider sanitizing their smartphones on a regular basis, otherwise their allergic reactions might get much worse.

Prolonged exposure to these biotoxins could cause chronic illnesses and health conditions. The lack of hygiene in smartphones exploded into the public consciousness during the pandemic, but it has been widely spoken about in the medical community.

Any item that is touched regularly can accumulate a lot of germs and bacteria including laptop keyboards, but smartphones are particularly susceptible due to their touch based interface. The findings from this report reveal how important it is for users to take health precautions.


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