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10 types of Evil, Gnarly Bacteria Living in your Workout Gear!

by Megan MacKenzie October 29, 2014

There are tons of bacteria living on your skin just waiting to feed on sweat. After a heavy hockey game, yoga class, or session at the gym, you toss your bacteria infested clothing into a moist bag. Guess what? You just dropped a kid into a candy store. This is the ideal environment for bacteria to reproduce, and thus amplify that oh so familiar pungent smell. Here are just ten examples of the nasty bacteria you are transferring onto your clothing while you sweat.

                           

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  • Butyric Acid- Originally found in butter, this forms when larger molecules are broken down into smaller ones as bacteria metabolizes sweat. Body Odour is the result of this fermentation; it is these smaller molecules that produce the unpleasant smell. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_odor

                           

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  • Staphylococcus Hominis- another bacteria found on the skin that feeds on sweat. This one can sometimes cause infections of the bloodstream in people with abnormally weak immune systems. Most strains of this bacterium are curable with antibiotics, but there have been recent discoveries of more dangerous strains that are resistant to these cures. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staphylococcus_hominis

                                 

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  • Micrococcus Luteus- another bacteria living on your skin, they have been associated with various bodily infections/ diseases such as: intracranial abscesses, pneumonia, septic arthritis, endocarditis, and meningitis. They have also been tied to coronary infections. Yuck! http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/micrococcus-eng.php

                                

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(Streptococcal Pharyngitis)

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  • Brevibacterium Bacteria- The culprit of feet funk! This bacteria, also living on the skin, causes foot odor. They even use this bacteria to ferment several types of funky cheese, such as: Munster, Limberger, Port-du-Salut, Raclette and Nasal. Its aroma also attracts mosquitoes. Yum?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brevibacterium

                             

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  • CorynebacteriumFound in the mucous and on the skin of humans and animals, the most notable strain of this bacteria group is diphtheriae, the cause of a contagious respiratory infection called Diphtheria which can be fatal. Other effects of infection caused by this bacteria strain includepneumonitis, pharyngitis, skin infections, and endocarditis. This bacteria has also been linked to odour. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corynebacterium

                            

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  • Staphylococcus Epidermidis- Another strand of the Staphylococcus bacterium, this one is directly linked to underarm odour. This bacteria is present on all human skin, and can also cause infection in those with weak immune systems.     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Staphylococcus_epidermidis

                             

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Megan MacKenzie
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