By Belinda Cleary for Daily Mail Australia
05:56 06 April 2023, Updated 05:56 06 April 2023
- Dermatologists warn against kissing men with beards
- Explaining that they are full of bacteria that can infect the skin
A dermatologist has revealed the importance of ‘thinking twice’ before kissing men with facial hair – especially if you don’t know their grooming routine.
Muneeb Shah, known as a derm doctor, warned that beards ‘contain a ton of bacteria’ that can be transferred during intercourse.
‘When you rub against them they create small cuts in the skin which can lead to infections like impetigo,’ he said.
He then urged men to ‘cleanse their beards’ to help stop the problem at the source.
His warning was prompted by a video of a young woman’s painful pash rash.
The young blonde held her head in her hands and captioned the video: ‘Kissing a guy with facial hair thinking it was a good idea at the time’.
He then showed photos of his red, scratched chin becoming more infected over the course of a few days – it was covered in angry water.
The followers of the doctor fell on the floor after seeing the video.
‘I have a bearded husband but he cleans it all the time – I never knew it could happen,’ said one woman.
‘Who doesn’t wash their beard?’ Another claim.
‘I didn’t know I could be less facial hair than I am, but here I am,’ said another.
Some admit they’ve been on the wrong side of a dirty beard.
‘I had an allergic reaction after kissing a man with a beard once – turns out he was playing with his cat before we went on a date,’ said one woman.
‘Oh, gross. Now I know the real reason behind my chest husband. My husband!’ Another woman said.
‘I got it after the first date. It’s been blistering and peeling for weeks,’ added another.
The woman’s video has been viewed more than nine million times.
What is impetigo?
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection caused by Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria.
It is commonly known as ‘school sore’ as most cases occur in school-aged children. However, it can also affect children, adults and teenagers.
Impetigo occurs in two forms, blistered and crusted. In impetigo, blisters appear on previously normal skin and rapidly increase in size and number. The blisters burst quickly and leave a slightly moist or shiny area with a brown crust on the edge. The spots expand even after opening and can be several centimeters wide. They sometimes clear in the center to create ring-shaped patterns. They are usually not painful, but may itch.
Crusted impetigo has a thick soft yellow crust. Beneath this crust is a moist red area. The crusted impetigo spots grow slowly and are always smaller than the fully developed spots of blistering impetigo. They are usually not painful, but may itch.
Impetigo can occur on top of other skin conditions, especially pruritus. Scratching the skin can allow infection to enter through broken skin. Some of these conditions are atopic dermatitis (eczema), scabies, insect bites and head lice.
In cases where a larger area of skin is affected, patients may have a fever, swollen lymph nodes or feel generally unwell.
Depending on how bad the infection is, your doctor may recommend antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics in severe cases. Antibiotic ointment should be continued until the sore is completely healed. If oral antibiotics are given, it is important to finish the full course of treatment (usually 5 days) and not stop when the impetigo starts to clear.
The wound should be cleaned every 8 – 12 hours, thoroughly dried and covered with a waterproof dressing. Bathing blisters in salt water will dry them out (use a saline solution or dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a cup of water).
Source: NSW Health