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Doctor reveals 4 do’s and don’ts for staying in hotel rooms

Vaseline 2 months ago

Don’t get a room with an eww.

NYC board-certified dermatologist Charles Puza, who studied at Harvard and Duke universities, shares four tips for staying in hotel rooms: check for bed bugs, avoid touching TV remotes and uncovered glassware, ignore the complimentary toiletries, and say hello to your neighbors.

“No. 1, make sure your hotel is not on the Bed Bug Registry and always check the corners and under the bed for signs,” Puza said in his TikTok, which has racked up 29,600 views since being published this month.

The Bed Bug Registry has collected some 20,000 reports of bed bugs from a total of 12,000 locations since its inception in 2006, although it appears to be inactive, with broken links. Bed Bug Reports has more recent information.

Chicago, New York and Philadelphia recently topped Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List, a January 2024 ranking of the metros with the most bed bugs.

“No. 1, make sure your hotel is not on the Bed Bug Registry and always check the corners and under the bed for signs,” Puza said in his TikTok, which has racked up 29,600 views since being published this month. TikTok/@drcharlesmd1

Orkin recommends checking mattresses, box springs, headboards, footboards, bed frames and furniture within 5 to 8 feet of the bed for “clusters of dark brown or black spots of dried feces” left by live bed bugs.

Once you’ve settled into your hotel room, Puza recommends avoiding hotel-provided TV remotes and exposed glassware.

“And here’s why: That same cloth that cleans the sink and toilet is usually also the cloth that wipes down those surfaces,” he explained of hotel cleaning services.

A 2012 University of Houston study found that TV remote controls are among the most bacteria-laden items in a hotel room, along with bedside lamp switches.

Researchers also reported a surprising amount of bacteria on household items such as sponges and mops, which could lead to cross-contamination between rooms.

Once you’ve settled into your hotel room, Puza recommends avoiding hotel-supplied TV remotes and glassware. TikTok/@drcharlesmd1

So stay away from the remote control – and the free bath collection, Puza advises.

“No. 3 is tempting, but don’t use these hotel products; they tend to be extremely drying and loaded with fragrance,” Puza said as he waved to the shampoo, conditioner and body soap by the hotel sink.

And no. 4 is optional, but you can always say hello to your neighbors. And that’s how you have the best holiday,” concludes Puza.

Hotel Indigo research from November found that people are interacting less with their neighbors than ever before because they are too shy, don’t want to cause a nuisance or don’t have a relationship with their neighbors – even though it has been shown that even the smallest human interaction can create happier communities .

“No. 3 is tempting, but don’t use these hotel products; they tend to be extremely drying and loaded with fragrance,” Puza said as he waved to the shampoo, conditioner and body soap by the hotel sink. TikTok/@drcharlesmd1

In the comments section of Puza’s 30-second video, his followers gave their own hotel tips.

“After 35 years at the largest airline in the world, never leave your toothbrush in the bathroom again. Keep it in a case in a drawer or in your suitcase,” one TikToker suggested.

“I started working for a hotel supervisor and the shampoo and conditioners were expired, but they were still being refilled. I said it but no one listened,” another claimed.

“If you need to use the remote control, cover it with the shower cap. Works perfectly!” shouted a third.