New research shows types of bacteria trapped in beards

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (CNN)- New research suggests beards may be just as filthy as a toilet seat.

This story could make some of you change your hygiene habits.

Microbiologists at Quest Diagnostics swabbed a number of beards and say some of them contain the same elements you’d find in fecal matter.

“I’m usually not that surprised and I was surprised by this,” said microbiologist John Golobic.

All of the beards had a lot of bacteria but, the normal kind you’d find on most surfaces. Proving beards trap and hold quite a bit.

Other beards held more. “These are enterics, these are the types of things you find in feces.”

As gross as that sounds scientists admit it probably won’t make you sick.

Golobic recommends a thorough beard scrubbing, lots of hand washing, and “try to keep your hands away from you face. as much as possible,” said Golobic.

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