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Sometimes it may seem like cell phones are more like an extension of our hands going every where and anywhere and that means some nasty little organisms may be hitch hiking from your cell phone directly to your face.

To find out what is lurking on that surface we brought a cell phone to swab, then they were incubated for three days at 37 degrees celsius, which is roughly body temperature, to see what would grow. Strephacoccus, microcaccus and two colonies of beard and staphacocuss. Strephacoccus is streph throat and staphacocuss is a staph infection.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences student Joel Bracey says, "This is normal bacteria that you're going to find everywhere. This is stuff not harmful so people don't need to be afraid of theory cell phones just because I found staph on there."

Dermatologist Dr. Laci Theunissen wasn't surprised by the findings but she added a few extra questions about cell phones when examining patients.

"ONe consideration when a patient comes into the treatment of acne, especially if it is along the jaw line, is to ask them - hey, which side do you talk on your cell phone? Do you talk on your cell phone often? Do you use a headset or an ear piece," says Theunissen.

Turns out constant pressure and contact of the cell phone along with the bacteria found on the surface of phones can aggravate the skin and add  to acne break outs. But you don't have to live in fear of your cell phone. DOctors recommend you take an alcohol swab, maybe an antibacterial wipe and wipe down the surface of your phone every once in a while. Also you can use headphones to make sure the surface stays away from your skin and always wash your hands.

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