Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Deodorants And Anti-Perspirants Haven For Germs

LAWRENCE, Kan. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Think sharing your toothbrush with someone else is gross? Well, don’t let others use your roll-on deodorant or anti-perspirant either.

According to a new study by microbiologists at the University of Kansas, bacteria survive and even thrive on the surface of solid and gel deodorants and anti-perspirants, which could lead to a staph infection.

Microbiologist Dr. Jack Brown analyzed 20 different perspiration products and the bacteria managed to thrive on 50 percent of the samples.

Dr. Brown takes pains to point out that the bacteria found on the sweat-and-smell stoppers is commonly found on the human body without causing harm.

However, he warns that bacteria that is harmless for one person can be hazardous to another – especially if one of the users has underarm skin that is either broken or irritated.

That’s why he says it is crucial for people to either avoid sharing anti-perspirants or deodorants or use a single use brand of anti-perspirant or deodorant such as Fresh Every Time, which helped fund Dr. Brown’s study.

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