Even your bathroom is not safe from seizure: Kimberly-Clark, the company that makes Cottonelle products, recalls certain batches of towels for possible bacterial contamination. On October 9, the company issued a statement recalling several batches of their Cottonelle washable and Cottonelle GentlePlus washable wipes, manufactured between February 7 and September 14 and shipped to the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Products may contain a contaminant Pluralibacter gergoviae (formerly known as Enterobacter gergoviae). This bacterium is an opportunistic pathogen that can cause various types of infections in humans, including infections of the urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract. It can be present in food, but also in cosmetics. Pluralibacter gergoviae may be resistant to antibiotics, which may make treatment difficult for some people.
However, the statement said, “Currently, there is a low rate of minor complaints, such as irritation and minor infection, reported on the affected wipes.” The company emphasizes that this bacterium is not related to COVID-19 and there is no risk of coronavirus infection from their wipes. .
If you think you may have a product that is part of this seizure, you can visit the Cottonelle Frequently Asked Questions website to determine if your wipes are part of many that may be contaminated. (You can check the batch number at the bottom of your wipe package.) If you have wipes included in this seizure, stop using them and call the company’s customer service line at 1-800-414- 0165, which is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET.
This is a good time to point out the fact that wet wipes can be irritating even without bacterial contamination. Using wet wipes can irritate the anus, leading to symptoms such as itching, according to the Mayo Clinic. And depending on the ingredients included (such as if your wipes include fragrance), you may experience dermatitis or inflammation of the skin, leading to symptoms such as a swollen vulva. (Also, even washable wipes can be pretty awful for plumbing – the Environmental Protection Agency only recommends washing toilet paper, nothing else.)
If you think you need more than just a TP, can we offer a bidet? This may sound like an unrealistically luxurious recommendation, but we actually have a list of affordable bidet attachments, all ready for you. Some of them even have temperature control, which is more than what wet wipes can say. It’s kind of a pampering of the next level ass.