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Could Your Beard Be Harboring Bugs!

 width= There have been media headlines lately saying that "Men with Beards can Carry More Germs than Dogs".
Apparently a new study has found that every sample of beard hair collected was crawling with bacteria with some 50% of that bacteria considered hazardous to human health. And when the scientists collected and tested dog hair, they found a lower level of microbes than the samples of men's beard hair.

How was the study conducted?

Scientists initially wanted to determine if humans could pick up a dog-borne disease. Researchers took swabs from beards of some eighteen men (between the ages of 18 and 76) as well as the necks of thirty dogs. The results revealed that all of the bearded men had high amounts of microbial counts while only 23 of the 30 dogs had high counts, and the remainder moderate levels. Researchers found that seven of the men's beards harbored microbes that posed a threat to their health. The overall findings suggest that men’s beards are not as clean and healthy as dogs' fur. But not all agreed with the scientists' findings.

But how true is this?