*READERS’ KEYWORD QUESTIONS*
* Q * can malassezia live on daily equipments *
I believe it can … i know it can!
And i have the Proof!
The Photo below shoes my Bathroom Cabinet where i store Towels
Pyjamas and Underwear for any emergency needs during the night.
It is fairly New! It has been Milky White and still is brightly so
without any blemishes such as discolouring or scratches etc.
So is … or rather WAS!… the handle! …
Milky white almost indistinguishable from the Cabinet surface
By recently i am referring to a time mentioned in previous entries here
when having suffered a Rib Fracture and while in pain i had to forego
a lot of my Malassezia maintenance routine and thus started to observe
the signs of its …Orange footprints as shown on second Photo Below.
Before i get to that though i want to point out that the Colour of the handle
of the Cabinet is now distinctly …Orange as opposed to its Original White!
(Poor quality photos due to low MP phone camera but still visible )
How did Malassezia’s Orange sticky ‘glow’ got onto the cabinet handle?
From my hands of course!
It is the same Orange that accumulated during that time
in the water container as shown below
( for details see “Humidity” Entry)
(Before and After)
I cannot claim i Know for sure for how long Malassezia
at this particular stage can survive and be transferable.
Based on observations and patterns i have come to know well
i would say that at this stage while still Yellow, Liquid and Sticky
it can be transferable for a day or two –until it dries out– but
doubt whether left exposed on the equipment for any longer
and without a living host, would be able to continue its cycle
therefore not dangerous unless touched soon while still ‘alive’.
The one in the Water Container though
-due to the humidity and possibly other invisible elements-
may be a different story!
It is just a ‘feeling’ i have about the difference between the two
because one stays bright orange and looking ‘alive’ for longer
so i would be weary of touching the wet one…
The same would apply to kitchen Utensils
Utensils + humidity + fats / oils, sugar etc
The white Gritty / Sand grain shards i Do know they survive much longer
but harder to ‘stick’ on equipment and possibly even onto the skin
unless …’greasy’ – making it … easy!…
so i would be wary of Body Oils and Lotions…
Should they fall on Clothing or on the Hair / Scalp etc
they have a good chance of starting a new infestation
if a number of conditions are present and favourable.
Having said that, cleaning and disinfecting suspected equipment
would not do any harm unless it becomes obsessive
and i know for sure – this i know for sure! –
would make no discernible difference!
I don’t know if this would adequately answer the Reader’s Question
but even the Lab researchers are still trying to answer many of them…