It may sound silly, but it can save your life, according to a new study by the American Association of Plumbing Engineers.
The study looked at emergency room visits in Texas and found that if a patient’s plumbing snake was treated, the patient’s odds of surviving by 10 percent or more jumped to 17 percent after the snake was removed from the body.
In the study, published online March 10 in the journal Plumbing and Pipefitting, the researchers examined emergency room reports in Austin, Texas, in 2015.
They found that more than 20,000 patients were treated for plumbing snake infection in 2015, and that the odds of survival were 2.3 times higher if a snake was used in the emergency room compared to if it was left in the patient.
According to the researchers, the best way to prevent snake infestations is to properly clean the body before and after use.
For example, if a toilet or bathtub is left in your shower for a long time, your body may become more vulnerable to toxins from the chemicals in the water.
In other cases, the body may absorb toxins and release them into the environment.