Staphylococcus epidermidis

Lives in sweaty places

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Many strains of the Staphylococcus genus of spherical bacteria live on our skin. Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most common skin bacterium. It prefers living in sweaty places, such as the armpits and has a secret weapon.

Many strains of the Staphylococcus genus of spherical bacteria live on our skin. Staphylococcus epidermidis is the most common skin bacterium. It prefers living in sweaty places, such as the armpits and has a secret weapon.

Bunches of grapes

Staphylococcus epidermidis lives on everyone’s skin. The bacteria prefer sweaty places, such as your armpits, but are also found on your back and in your nostrils. Together with other micro-organisms, they produce substances from sweat, bringing about the body odour associated with perspiration. These bacteria, just like other Staphylococci cluster together like bunches of grapes. Staphylococcus epidermidis protects us from harmful bacteria, such as Staphylococcus aureus.

Secret weapon

Staphylococcus epidermidis is harmless but Staphylococcus aureus is anything but. The latter can cause serious intestinal problems. Fortunately, S. epidermidis helps our body defend itself against S. aureus. To do this, S. epidermidis even employs a secret weapon: serine protease Esp. This is an enzyme that can slow the growth of S. aureus. Unfortunately, not all S. epidermidis produce the enzyme, so some have to manage without it.