Mustache Infection Almost Killed ‘Man v. Food’ Star Adam Richman

The former host was hospitalized after he contracted an infection in one of his mustache follicles.

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Adam Richman, the former titular guy in TV’s Man v. Food, recently revealed that he almost died in battle with the enemy.

In one of the more bizarre near-experiences imaginably, Adam Richman was hospitalized after he contracted an infection in one of his mustache follicles, People reports.

The reality-TV personality disclosed the weird incident on Wednesday’s installment of the Apple Podcast Celebrity Catch Up: Life After That Thing I Did. Adam Richman said it happened during a visit to Zurich, Switzerland, for a Michelin event, People said.

“One of my mustache follicles just looked like a pimple…and it was just not healing well,” Adam Richman reportedly said.

“I’d gone to a doctor and then eventually my lip inflated like a banana — it was grotesque,” he continued. “I remember I went to tear a piece of medical tape and I couldn’t get to my teeth.”

The Odd Condition That Sent Adam Richman To The Hospital

It turned out Adam Richman had an uncommon infection called Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), which is bacteria with antibiotic resistance.

The website for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says MRSA is usually spread through contact with a contaminated wound or other toiletries.

“Anyone can get MRSA. The risk increases with activities or places that involve crowding, skin-to-skin contact, and shared equipment or supplies. Some of the people who carry MRSA can go on to get a MRSA infection,” the website says. “Non-intact skin, such as when there are abrasions or incisions, is often the site of an MRSA infection. Athletes, daycare and school students, military personnel in barracks, and those who receive inpatient medical care or have surgery or medical devices inserted in their body are at higher risk of MRSA infection.

Adam Richman also covered a slew of other topics with podcast host Genevieve Hassan. According to Apple Podcasts’ website, he also addresses how he handles uber-fans, how he deals with social media, and why he left Man vs. Food.

Adam Richman hosted the reality-TV show from when it premiered on the Travel Channel in December 2008 until April 2012. The channel then tapped current host Casey Webb for the show’s revival in 2017, before it moved to the Cooking Channel. Its latest season wrapped up in March of this year.

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