A recent study conducted at the University of Colorado shows that women carry a greater variety of germs on their hands than men.

''One thing that really is astonishing is the variability between individuals, and also between hands on the same individual," said Rob Knight, a University of Colorado biochemistry assistant professor who was among the researchers.

''The sheer number of bacteria species detected on the hands of the study participants was a big surprise, and so was the greater diversity of bacteria we found on the hands of women,'' said lead researcher Noah Fierer.

The researchers theorized that women carry more germs because of the acidity of their skin. Knight said men generally have more acidic skin than women. The more acid on the skin, the less likely bacteria will grow.

The researchers emphasized the importance of hand washing, but they noted hand washing -- even with antibacterial soap, doesn't eliminate all bacteria.

But you can eliminate most bacteria on your hands by following these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands in water as warm as you can tolerate
  • Lather with liquid soap and rub hands together vigorously for at least 30 seconds
  • Count one thousand. . . two thousand. . . three thousand . . . until you reach 30
  • Clean under your fingernails with a clean fingernail file or the fingernails on your other hand
  • Rinse your hands after 30 seconds
  • Lather your hands again briefly then rinse
  • Use a disposable paper towel to dry your hands
  • Use another paper towel (not the one you dried your hands with) to turn off the water
  • use that same paper towel to open the bathroom door
  • Discard the paper towel in the waste basket by the door

If there is no waste basket near the door, alert the management of the establishment, or carry your own paper towels in your handbag.

If you have dry skin, use a low pH lotion (between 4.5-5.5). The lower the pH, the more acidic the lotion. Remember, bacteria can't survive in an acidic environment.

Eucerin Daily Replenishing lotion is a good lotion to use.

This has been your Medical Minute.

  • prynsexxx

    Sandra said:

    Women Have More Germs Than Men

    Thanks for the medical minute, but I bet you that still won't stop you from burying your face into somebody's "black abyss", will it?

  • kwallace577

    well i beg to differ. i think if we go back and reintroduce the findings from a few years back that women wash their hands more than men do.

    and MY black abyss is clean @pryn!

  • Kymystry

    prynsexxx Says:

    Sandra said:

    Women Have More Germs Than Men

    Thanks for the medical minute, but I bet you that still won’t stop you from burying your face into somebody’s “black abyss”, will it

    CODE BLUE _______________________________________________________________________________________________ /\ ...........

    she's not coming back after this one ...

  • kwallace577

    there is a story on cnn about how the bull shickty is already happening in re to voting. machine failures... folks being told to come back tomorrow... folks having to vote on old skool ballots (hanging chad ones)..


  • http://MYSPACE.COM/ERIKAMAGALY hermosa

    @ kwallace577

    What state?

  • teecee

    kwallace577 Says:

    there is a story on cnn about how the bull shickty is already happening in re to voting. machine failures… folks being told to come back tomorrow… folks having to vote on old skool ballots (hanging chad ones)..


    we all knew it was coming. i havent heard the police siren so much in this crappy hick loving town so much today its crazy. i'd swear it was nyc.

    and so its true, when we use to say girls had cudties back in 2 nd grade it was true.... lololol

  • kwallace577

    go over to the obama casts his vote post @hermosa. alot. nc and va which are battleground states (i am in nc) and a few others...

    and hush @ teecee about girls and cooties. you made me laugh!!! LOL.

  • bklynchick

    Good medical minute Sandra! Now we need to tell some woman about cleaning their vee jay jays. I sit by this lady at work and lawd her body is funky and she smells like fish. Yes, she has been told but she tries to cover it up with perfume which doesnkt help and maked it more funky. She has what I call TR "Tutti Rot" I am move desk by the end of the week.

  • shunda

    She needs to see her doctor. It may be a bacteria infection. I would ask to be moved. I am very anal about people being clean

  • BayArea

    Good thing here at work our sinks/paper towel dispenser is automated. I use the bottom of my shoe for the toilet! Don't you hate when you here a co-worker use the restroom and walk out without washing their hands? YUCK!

  • http://myspace.com/ckarinwhite ckarinwhite

    {waving bye to prynnsexxx}

  • browni007

    I need to borrow Kym's flat line from the other post

    prynnsexx ur too much!

  • ReadTheBlog

    Hey Bayarea...you wer those same shoes in your house on your carpet? Ever heard of C Diff? Ummm Hmmmmm. I agree witht he medical minute and this is precisely why I don't wear artificial nails - it's just more of a harboring space for germs. Besides that, I got a baby in diapers so I know my hands are always dirty.

  • prynsexxx

    LOL Not "Tutti Rot".

    And yeah to the one who said that it might be a bacterial infection. I'm mad that yall said that "she has been told". Damn, was it that bad? How did somebody tell her, "ay, uhm, b!tch yo ass stank."? I mean what? How? Did they leave some Summer's Eve and a bar of soap on her desk. I mean what?

  • Kymystry

    here ya go browni...

    **** CLEAR *** someone get the paddles !!! ______/\___/\/\/\……

  • http://myspace.com/ckarinwhite ckarinwhite

    Prynsexxx type something so we will know that you're still alive!!!

  • kwallace577

    i want to know how they told her too.

    i had to tell my boss once she had a boog right before she went to a really big meeting...and i almost died from anxiety over THAT...can't fathom having to address somebody's coochie odor....

  • keely107

    Auntie can we get a Medical Minute on BV? There seems to be a lot of fishy things going on lately.

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/ERIKAMAGALY hermosa

    @ bklynchick

    THAT'S NASTY. . .If I were you I would do I do to this girl that I work with. . .If I pass by her I just say out loud, "DANG, IT STINKS SOMEONE HASN'T WASHED THEIR A$$ IN YOUR AREA."

    She knows what I'm talking about but since she don't take pride in herself and her hygiene, then I a have the right to tell her that her area STANK!

    I used to work at a OBGYN. . .you'd be surprised to know how many stank a$$ women don't wash they ass!

  • goat76

    The real meaning of women can be low down dirty asses, but I still love ya'll

  • shunda

    If they have BV there is no amount of washing that will cure it. They need antibiotics. Yes Auntie needs to give a medical minute on that. My mama is a nurse. I think I have heard of every sickness known to man.


    hehe, I knew it.. women are dirtier then men...lol Oh yeah I worked with a chick that smelled like the buford hwy farmers market everyday.. And for those of you that never smelled that b4, please believe me its the worse. it'll make your stomach hurt...

  • prynsexxx

    Where is Sandra? It's been a minute.

  • ecstracy

    The fact that someone had to actually "conduct a study" to record this is just a "ri-damn-dickolous" waste of time and perhaps money. Women being the heads of households, cleaning, cooking, buying food, wiping little butts and noses, it only makes sense that we would carry more germs just as it is true that we catch more colds. We touch everything, and we do it with love, never thinking of the possibility of getting or passing germs. I suggest we all carry a box of latex gloves around at all times and call it a day.

  • bklynchick

    They pulled her into the office and can u believe this chick came back to her desk with tears in her eyes. I asked what was wrong with her I though maybe she had took a sniff of her coochie, but anyways she said the super told her that she had been hearing complaints of her odor and asked her if she could clean it up. I said WOW!! Then stink had the nerve to ask me did she really smell that bad. I just looked at her and I said........ Well u do have an odor and she just looked at me like I was crazy or something. She stop speaking to me for a while but like I said she covered it up with a lot of perfume. We speak to each other but I can't take it anymore so I asked for a new desk position.

  • Island Princess

    I can not stand germs! I use paper towels to open doors. I have Lysol to go and I spray my shopping cart before I shop. I hate touching atm's. We do have good bacteria that we live off of but for the bad shhhhh, I am not for it. Clorox cleaner and the new Clorox for children is the shhh.