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Christina Applegate Details 'Gross' Battle With Sapovirus After Accidentally Ingesting Fecal Matter

The actor spoke out on her 'MeSsy' podcast about having to wear an adult diaper while dealing with sapovirus for the past three weeks, which she suspects she got from a tainted salad.

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Anyone who has ever seen Christina Applegate in one of her snarkier roles, like as Amy Greene on Friends or Gwendolyn the PTA mom in Bad Moms, can confirm that the actress does not shy away from being honest and speaking her mind.

But Applegate recently got really honest about her more recent health struggles.

In August 2021, Applegate was officially diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), though the actress later reflected that she likely had the disease for several years before being properly diagnosed, based on her history of symptoms and complications.

Being an autoimmune disease, MS leads to a depleted immune system, making the patient much more likely to contract other illnesses and to have more difficulty fighting them off.

So when Applegate was recently exposed to Covid, she quickly developed more severe symptoms than usual, including a chest infection and a speeding heart rate.

But to make matters worse, as Applegate explained in the 23rd episode of her "MeSsy Podcast," a meal she ate while she was already sick make her even sicker.

Applegate got incredibly candid about her recent medical experiences on her podcast.

"I'm gonna be gross. I woke up at three o'clock in the morning in a pool of s**t. Didn't know it happened, and having MS at three o'clock in the morning and trying to change your sheets, it's not fun."
"I was so dizzy. I was so sick. I couldn't eat. I couldn't ... anything."

With the collection of symptoms, Applegate was diagnosed with sapovirus.

"It is when you ingest the fecal matter of someone else from your food. Someone else's poop went into my mouth and I ate it."

The actress believes she was infected when she ate a takeout salad from a restaurant that's in the process of being shut down. She's in her third week of illness from the sapovirus, and having to wear adult diapers to get through it.

You can learn more about what happened here:

Christina Applegate Recalls Suffering From "GROSS" Sapovirus After Eating Poop | E!

Applegate's fans were quick to applaud her for being honest and real about her medical situation.

This may seem gross to talk about, but it's important that people know about potential illnesses they could contract if they're not careful.

And while we can't prepare ourselves for everything, we can—and should—try to avoid making each other sick.

Keep washing your hands, people!