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Old 08-08-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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Can you brush your teeth and bathe in water that is contaminated like china or Japan?
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Can you brush your teeth and bathe in water that is contaminated like china or Japan?
I doubt it, I have trouble chewing gum and walking at the same time.
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Old 08-08-2013, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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They do in India, but they've probably developed some immunity to it. I don't think the water in Japan is that contaminated. In China you can brush your teeth with tap-water but wouldn't recommend drinking it.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In public tapwater, of course you can. Generally, you can bathe in lakes and rivers in most parts of the world, but not in Africa (bilharzia) or I think a couple of other places where there are snail larvae that can get into your urinary tract, or in places that are downstream from particularly noxious polluting industries. Depends on the form of contamination. Even contamination is unlikely to do you any harm from simple exposure, although you might not like the feel of it when you try to dry off if there are actually suspended or floating stuff in it. Be careful not to get any in your mouth or eyes, especially if there is raw sewage in it.

If you turn on a faucet and water comes out, it is obviously safe to put your hands in, and if it's OK for your hands, it won't hurt any other part of your body.
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Old 08-09-2013, 06:15 AM
 
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Can you brush your teeth and bathe in water that is contaminated like china or Japan?
Japan's water is not contaminated, unless it has had radioactive material seep into it. Otherwise, Japan's water is as clean as the US's and western Europe's
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Old 08-09-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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There are countless harmful parasites living in bodies of fresh water around the world https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waterborne_diseases. All kinds of worms, microscopic parasites, and disease-spreading organisms (not to mention parasitic fish like the dreaded Candiru). And these organisms are not restricted to standing water. They can be found in raging rivers in tropical climates around the world, from the Amazon, to the Congo, the Niger, Zambezi, Ganges, Brahmaputtra, Mekong, Orinoco and countless others.

So bathing in fresh water in countries where these parasites are common is always a crap-shoot. Usually quick showers are the best, and brushing teeth with bottled water. Don't let tap water or river-water go down your gullet if you can help it. Stick to bottled water for drinking. If you're really roughing it in the jungles of Indonesia or checking out the Ebola Delta by canoe and don't have the sea available to you, hand-wash with bottled water if possible or with the cleanest source of natural water you can find - well water is usually okay. Boil the damn water if it's really suspicious. Obviously let it cool down before you bathe with it

The WHO is a great source for finding out which countries have which water-borne disease and how you can protect yourself against them: WHO | Countries

Hope this helps.

BTW, Japan does not have contaminated tap water, even though some travel guides don't recommend drinking Tokyo's government juice. Bathing with it is fine. Same with Chinese tap water. Drinking bottled water in China is advisable, but water-borne diseases are not a threat at all unless you are in the jungles of the southwest hiking through streams and rivers and wet lands.

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Old 08-09-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: the dairyland
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Contaminated with what exactly? Flesh-eating bacteria? Wouldn't bathe in that kind of water.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I've bathed in the tapwater of 130 countries, and drank it in probably more than 100, and might have suffered an inconvenience as a result maybe twice, with a few more occasions from foodborne pathogens or just doorknobs or people coughing on me. In every case, the symptoms went away in a day or two, sometimes with the aid of something from a local drug store, where they've seen it before. Illness happens, whether you're at home or abroad, and your body fights it off and you go on. The more exposure you've had, the more resistance your body is prepared to offer.
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Most water has something in it that can be harmful to us.. fluoride too... I dont drink my tap water at all, as it smells of bleach.. I wouldnt brush my teeth with certain water in some countries and use bottled... and contaminated water is ingested through our skin when we wash or have a shower...this site states that adults can shower in this type of water if rinsed off with other water. I wouldnt though.. http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/water-...r-contaminated
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Old 08-10-2013, 03:59 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Absolutely not.
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