If you've been looking for a solid way to shame your beard-sporting partner into clean-shaven submission, congratulations: A recent study suggests that men's beards may harbor more germs than dog's fur. Feel free to hit the razor aisle before delivering that news. The studypublished in the February issue of the journal European Radiology, wasn't intended to be a compilation of anti-beard evidence, but the results offered some less-than-positive insight for fans of facial hair.
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When hair follicles are damaged, they may be invaded by viruses, bacteria and fungi, leading to infections such as folliculitis. Superficial folliculitis affects the upper part of the hair follicle and the skin directly next to the follicle. Deep folliculitis affects the deeper portion of the follicle and can involve the entire hair follicle.
Skip navigation! This article was originally published on March 28, Turns out, facial hair can be the perfect mask for germs and infections to hide behind.
A small European study has found that the average man's beard is more replete with human-pathogenic bacteria than the dirtiest part of a dog's fur. For the study, published in the February issue of the journal European Radiologyresearchers analyzed skin and saliva samples from 18 bearded men whose ages ranged from 18 to 76and fur and saliva samples from 30 dogs whose breeds ranged from schnauzer to German shepherdat several European hospitals. The researchers were looking for colonies of human-pathogenic bacteria in both man and dog — not in an attempt to beard-shame the hirsute masses, but rather to test whether it was safe for humans to use the same MRI scanners that dogs had previously used.
Folliculitis and skin abscesses are pus-filled pockets in the skin resulting from bacterial infection. They may be superficial or deep, affecting just hair follicles or deeper structures within the skin. See also Overview of Bacterial Skin Infections.
Bacterial skin infections are common, ranging in severity from mild and annoying to life-threatening. The majority of these infections are caused by two types of bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus or a variant of Streptococcus the same bacteria responsible for strep throat. An infection can take many different forms depending on the location, bacterial type, and even the age of the affected individual.
By Madlen Davies for MailOnline. From a spattering of stubble to a bristly bush, facial hair has become the must-have fashion accessory for men. But some experts have warned that beards are nothing more than a 'bacterial sponge', riddled with thousands of bacteria - and a perfect way to pass on germs. Carol Walker, a consultant trichologist from the Birmingham Trichology Centre, said having facial hair can lead to more frequent skin infections and to germs being passed on to others.
Cellulitis is a spreading bacterial infection of the skin and the tissues immediately beneath the skin. See also Overview of Bacterial Skin Infections. Redness, pain, and tenderness are felt over an area of skin, and some people have a fever, chills, and other more serious symptoms.
Beards may contain bacteria which could potentially be developed into new antibiotics, a study has found. Researchers found that clean-shaven men were actually more likely to harbour infection-causing bacteria resistant to antibiotics when compared to bearded men. The study, published in the Journal of Hospital Infectiontested swabs from the faces of hospital staff with and without facial hair. According to the results, clean-shaven men are more than three times as likely to be carrying methicillin-resistant staph auerus MRSA on their cheeks as their bearded counterparts.