While fungal diseases can affect anyone, these are most likely to affect individuals with dryer skin, who may benefit from washing towels more often.

The biggest risks also come from cuts or abrasions or dry skin, which let microbes into your system.

The NHS explains: “Germs on clothes and towels can come from our own body. We all have bacteria on the surface of our skin, in our noses and in our gut.

“These are often harmless, but some can cause infection, particularly in people with skin problems and wounds.”

Moist towels are a breeding ground for MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus.

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