Bearded men carry 'more germs than dogs', study finds

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Bearded men carry 'more germs than dogs', study finds

Men's beards carry more germs than dogs do in their fur, a study has found. Scientists looked at the levels of bacteria lurking in 18 men's facial hair and 30 dogs from different breeds. "The researchers found a significantly higher bacterial load in specimens taken from the men's beards compared with the dog's fur," Professor Andreas Gutzeit, of Switzerland's Hirslanden Clinic, said.

The study was designed to find out if there was a risk of humans picking up a disease from dogs if they used the same MRI scanner as a vet, reports the Mail on Sunday. It found that all the man, aged from 18 to 76, had high microbial counts, while seven had bacteria which were hazardous to human health.

When the MRI scanners were disinfected, researchers found higher levels of bugs after the men had used it. "On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men," said Dr Gutzeit.

https://metro.co.uk/2019/04/14/bearded-men-carry-germs-dogs-study-finds-9200546/

So it looks like the dogs may be more at risk from disease from Humans than the other way around when using the same equipment. Though this study would have to be increased and replicated to be sure, it appears men are not doing a very good job at cleaning their beards or their skin under them. Why is that?

*Feels vindicated for thinking beards are gross*

If you just called Captain America dirtier than a dog, thems fighting words friend!

Looks like i made a wise decision recently to shave clean... until next time atleast.

Define Bearded?

As in Dwarven Style Beards?

Or even the most minimum of fuzz on one's face?

I'm really hoping this thread doesn't end in the punch line I'm afraid it will.

Samtemdo8:
Define Bearded?

As in Dwarven Style Beards?

Or even the most minimum of fuzz on one's face?

I don't think anyone considers "stubble" a beard. I think they are referring to full beards. LOL

As long as you can still reach the skin with soap and actually do so, I am sure it is fine.

Specter Von Baren:
I'm really hoping this thread doesn't end in the punch line I'm afraid it will.

Oh dont worry, things wont get too hairy.

Sounds like a good reason to shave

Silentpony:

Specter Von Baren:
I'm really hoping this thread doesn't end in the punch line I'm afraid it will.

Oh dont worry, things wont get too hairy.

You're just going to keep splitting hairs aren't you?

Hawki:

Silentpony:

Specter Von Baren:
I'm really hoping this thread doesn't end in the punch line I'm afraid it will.

Oh dont worry, things wont get too hairy.

You're just going to keep splitting hairs aren't you?

I don't things are going to get too tangled. I'm sure we'll survive this thread with just a close shave...

How often do these bearded men wash? As someone who occasionally supports a beard I'm washing it every day when I have one. I'm fairly sure people aren't washing their dogs every day.

18 men is way too small of a sample size!

Also, this is glorious news! Beards can finally be used as a biological weapon, mwhahahaha!

Bad news: my dog has a beard.

So beards not only make you look like a hobo, they also come with the hygene levels of a hobo, in these 18 people at least.

Yup. And kitchen chopping boards harbour 200x bacteria than toilet seats, and car steering wheels harbour over 600 colonies per square cm. Here's the thing though: not all bacteria is bad for you. Your gut and disgestive tract is filled with bacteria that you would die *without*. 'Bacteria' is not the evil word that detergent companies have made it out to be, and in fact over-sterilisation of bacteria is now thought to be causing many of the allergies that we suffer from today.

Specter Von Baren:
I'm really hoping this thread doesn't end in the punch line I'm afraid it will.

Must ... resist ... urge ... !

bluegate:
So beards not only make you look like a hobo, they also come with the hygene levels of a hobo, in these 18 people at least.

Could be they just pick a bunch of hobos off the street. Kind of like the Aperture Testing Initiative, except there's no cake at the end, but a bottle of hooch.

Silentpony:
If you just called Captain America dirtier than a dog, thems fighting words friend!

I have a feeling Captain America keeps a very neat, tidy and clean beard.

I grew a beard about 6-7 years ago. It was initially just because I went through a period of unemployment and couldn't be bothered shaving. Then I had to go to a job interview, and it was long enough that it can't just be shaved off because it fouls the razor, so I bought a cheap trimmer. After the trim, I didn't bother shaving... and haven't since. I keep mine quite short - about 5mm after trimming.

The thing is, you can scrape a blade over your face every 1-3 days (depending on how fast your stubble grows and how neat you need to look for work)... but why, when you can just trim it down every two weeks? Quicker, no cuts, no dry skin, etc. Mind you, if you're one of those men with patch beard coverage, growing one isn't such an option if you still want to look good.

* * *

Ultimately, a lot of this comes down to personal grooming. And all else being equal I would be very skeptical that my 5-10mm beard has more harmful bacteria than the average household pet given I wash regularly.

Although of course humans and dogs aren't equal. What we might consider is that furry animals are evolved in ways to be quite bacterial-resistant, because it would a minor disaster if their fur were breeding grounds for their own ill health. Humans, however, being vastly less furry, may have far less natural resistance because they just don't generally need it.

We might also consider that over time a sort of bacterial equilibrium would develop in humans - we're absolutely covered in bacteria, and a lot of them are neutral or beneficial (e.g. killing off the "bad" ones). However, washing may be perversely sort of counter-productive by killing a lot of the normal skin and hair flora, thus meaning more problematic micro-organisms are more able to gain purchase in the short term.

* * *

Most importantly, we also need to consider that this is media-friendly but lightweight, bargain basement science which should not be trusted much at all.

this is clearly anti-beard propaganda financed by the shaving industry (big shaver) in another attempt to sow fear and division between us all by playing on prejudices, especially those harbouring deep-seeded pogonophobia, while they reap in all the profits. do not be fooled!

Next time perhaps they should cross-reference the amount of bacteria on a dog's TONGUE! xD

Neurotic Void Melody:
this is clearly anti-beard propaganda financed by the shaving industry (big shaver) in another attempt to sow fear and division between us all by playing on prejudices, especially those harbouring deep-seeded pogonophobia, while they reap in all the profits. do not be fooled!

More likely paid for by women who do not want beard burn or bacteria from being intimate with their partners. I don't see a need to fund anti beard studies myself though, I just would never date someone with a beard instead. Coming from a people who do not even grow beards or body hair for that matter, I have always been inclined to be repulsed by them. So luckily my would be hairy Ragnar looking Viking man shaves everything as to not frighten me running away in terror at the site of his hairy barbarianness. :P

stroopwafel:
Next time perhaps they should cross-reference the amount of bacteria on a dog's TONGUE! xD

Because they are worried about the dog licking the MRI machine? They accidently found this by trying to make sure it was safe for humans and dogs to share an MRI. It appears to be safe for humans to share with dogs but bearded humans are a hazard to both other humans and dogs.

Lil devils x:
Coming from a people who do not even grow beards or body hair for that matter, I have always been inclined to be repulsed by them.

[joke]Racist![/joke]

Lil devils x:
More likely paid for by women who do not want beard burn or bacteria from being intimate with their partners. I don't see a need to fund anti beard studies myself though, I just would never date someone with a beard instead. Coming from a people who do not even grow beards or body hair for that matter, I have always been inclined to be repulsed by them. So luckily my would be hairy Ragnar looking Viking man shaves everything as to not frighten me running away in terror at the site of his hairy barbarianness. :P

the poor fella... not only is he held prisoner, but you've had him shaven bare like a naked mole rat all this time!

anyway, maybe some of these beardy folk might just like to encourage biodiversity on a microcosmic scale. and are willing to sacrifice whatever attractiveness they had to do so; it's all a matter of perspective ;) are you telling me that the sight of a wild, majestic Brian Blessed:

image

...isn't a thing of amorous wonder? just imagine the number of civilizations who've risen and fell beneath those tumultuous tendrils of protective fluff! what religions did they form? what culture they created?

Lil devils x:

Samtemdo8:
Define Bearded?

As in Dwarven Style Beards?

Or even the most minimum of fuzz on one's face?

I don't think anyone considers "stubble" a beard. I think they are referring to full beards. LOL

As long as you can still reach the skin with soap and actually do so, I am sure it is fine.

Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

Samtemdo8:
Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

Especially when it goes up all the way to the beard.

Thaluikhain:

Samtemdo8:
Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

Especially when it goes up all the way to the beard.

Soooo yes?

Neurotic Void Melody:

Lil devils x:
More likely paid for by women who do not want beard burn or bacteria from being intimate with their partners. I don't see a need to fund anti beard studies myself though, I just would never date someone with a beard instead. Coming from a people who do not even grow beards or body hair for that matter, I have always been inclined to be repulsed by them. So luckily my would be hairy Ragnar looking Viking man shaves everything as to not frighten me running away in terror at the site of his hairy barbarianness. :P

the poor fella... not only is he held prisoner, but you've had him shaven bare like a naked mole rat all this time!

anyway, maybe some of these beardy folk might just like to encourage biodiversity on a microcosmic scale. and are willing to sacrifice whatever attractiveness they had to do so; it's all a matter of perspective ;) are you telling me that the sight of a wild, majestic Brian Blessed:

SNIPPED OBSCENE IMAGE
...isn't a thing of amorous wonder? just imagine the number of civilizations who've risen and fell beneath those tumultuous tendrils of protective fluff! what religions did they form? what culture they created?

THE HORROR! XD My Mole rat Ragnar seems to like it tho :p

Samtemdo8:

Lil devils x:

Samtemdo8:
Define Bearded?

As in Dwarven Style Beards?

Or even the most minimum of fuzz on one's face?

I don't think anyone considers "stubble" a beard. I think they are referring to full beards. LOL

As long as you can still reach the skin with soap and actually do so, I am sure it is fine.

Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

I don't believe anyone should have any hair below their eyebrows. I just se a beard as pubes on the face and think both should be removed. LOL

Thaluikhain:

Samtemdo8:
Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

Especially when it goes up all the way to the beard.

That sounds absolutely terrifying. Are they a rug or a person? If they show that men have that much bacteria in their beards, I can't even imagine how much would be in all that hair... then I thought about the backside and my stomach turned a bit.

Lil devils x:

Neurotic Void Melody:

Lil devils x:
More likely paid for by women who do not want beard burn or bacteria from being intimate with their partners. I don't see a need to fund anti beard studies myself though, I just would never date someone with a beard instead. Coming from a people who do not even grow beards or body hair for that matter, I have always been inclined to be repulsed by them. So luckily my would be hairy Ragnar looking Viking man shaves everything as to not frighten me running away in terror at the site of his hairy barbarianness. :P

the poor fella... not only is he held prisoner, but you've had him shaven bare like a naked mole rat all this time!

anyway, maybe some of these beardy folk might just like to encourage biodiversity on a microcosmic scale. and are willing to sacrifice whatever attractiveness they had to do so; it's all a matter of perspective ;) are you telling me that the sight of a wild, majestic Brian Blessed:

SNIPPED OBSCENE IMAGE
...isn't a thing of amorous wonder? just imagine the number of civilizations who've risen and fell beneath those tumultuous tendrils of protective fluff! what religions did they form? what culture they created?

THE HORROR! XD My Mole rat Ragnar seems to like it tho :p

Samtemdo8:

Lil devils x:
I don't think anyone considers "stubble" a beard. I think they are referring to full beards. LOL

As long as you can still reach the skin with soap and actually do so, I am sure it is fine.

Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

I don't believe anyone should have any hair below their eyebrows. I just se a beard as pubes on the face and think both should be removed. LOL

Thaluikhain:

Samtemdo8:
Can the same be said about Bushy as fuck Pubic Hair? That I always found disgusting.

Especially when it goes up all the way to the beard.

That sounds absolutely terrifying. Are they a rug or a person? If they show that men have that much bacteria in their beards, I can't even imagine how much would be in all that hair... then I thought about the backside and my stomach turned a bit.

Latino and Arabic people have it worse because our beards are naturally puffy and afro-like that they look like pubes on the face.

Lil devils x:
So it looks like the dogs may be more at risk from disease from Humans than the other way around when using the same equipment.

Not necessarily. There aren't very many diseases that cross between humans and dogs. I'd expect fleas to big a bigger issue.

Lil devils x:
Though this study would have to be increased and replicated to be sure, it appears men are not doing a very good job at cleaning their beards or their skin under them. Why is that?

Dunno, I shampoo mine daily when I shower, at the same time I do the rest of my hair.

Lil devils x:
*Feels vindicated for thinking beards are gross*

Your aesthetic preferences are your own. I'm glad my lady likes my beard. So does my cat, and my previous cat used to lie on my neck and bury his head under it when he was a kitten, which was adorable.

Schadrach:
Not necessarily. There aren't very many diseases that cross between humans and dogs. I'd expect fleas to big a bigger issue.

I probably should have put a /s on that as it was a joke. :)

Lil devils x:
Bearded men carry 'more germs than dogs', study finds

Doesn't surprise me. It's difficult to carry many dogs in a beard.

Batou667:

Lil devils x:
Bearded men carry 'more germs than dogs', study finds

Doesn't surprise me. It's difficult to carry many dogs in a beard.

Ooo, that's a good one.

Lil devils x:

I don't believe anyone should have any hair below their eyebrows. I just se a beard as pubes on the face and think both should be removed. LOL

We're all just apes at the end of the day, I say let it grow ;-)

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One of the reasons I've never grown a beard, the OCD would have a nightmare trying to keep it clean and in check

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