Man v Food star Adam Richman says he nearly died after his mustache follicle contracted deadly MRSA
- Man v Food presenter Adam Richman said he nearly died of a mustache infection after noticing something was wrong in 2018
- The famed foodie said he contracted MRSA from a facial hair follicle that ended up blowing up his lip like a banana
- “Right now, it never felt like ‘you’re going to die’ — it was never something they claimed, but it was always kind of understood,” Richman said.
- Richman needed surgery and ‘serious courses of antibiotics’ to tackle and clear the infection
Man v. Food star Adam Richman has revealed he contracted the deadly MRSA infection from a mustache follicle — and nearly died from the bug.
The famed foodie, 47, said in a podcast interview with Celebrity Catch Up: Life After What I Didthat he noticed something was wrong at a Michelin event in Zurich in 2018.
He revealed that he noticed a pimple-like growth on his follicle that wouldn’t go away — and that his lip eventually puffed up like a banana.
“One of my mustache follicles looked like a pimple and it just didn’t heal properly,” Richman said.
“I went to a doctor and eventually my lip blew up like a banana – it was grotesque. I remember going to tear a piece of medical tape and I couldn’t get to my teeth.”
Shock: Man v Food star Adam Richman suffered a deadly MRSA infection from a mustache follicle that required surgery and nearly died
Touch and go: 47-year-old had surgery to tackle antibiotic-resistant infection and nearly died
The star had to be quarantined and required surgery and “serious courses of antibiotics” to tackle and clear up the infection.
“I learned from maxillofacial surgeons that the area from the inside of your eyes to the outer corner of your lips, they call it the ‘warning triangle’ because there are multiple possibilities for a surface infection to go intracranial.”
It is still not known how the food lover contracted the infection: ‘The doctor said it could be anything from a water glass to a hotel towel, shaking someone’s hand and then invariably [touching my face]. There are a number of ways.
“Right now it never felt like ‘you’re going to die’ – it was never something they claimed, but it was always kind of understood. I don’t think they wanted to scare me.’
Quits: After four years of taking on extreme eating challenges, the 47-year-old Brooklyn native quit the show that made his name in 2018. He lost 70 pounds
The star said the incident confronted him with his own mortality and gave him a guiding principle: “Gratitude is the attitude because fate, God, illness, the higher power of your choice can just take it away.” Every day above ground is a gift.’
After four years of taking on extreme eating challenges, from slurping two-gallon sundaes to devouring 190-pound burgers, the Brooklyn native quit the show in 2012 and made his name.
Concerned about his health and nonexistent love life, he withdrew from the show, embarked on a healthy eating plan and exercise regimen, and quickly managed to lose 70 pounds from his six foot frame.
Richman said at the time that the tipping point came when one day he saw himself in the mirror and his body appeared to be “the size of a smart car.”
With the last episode of his show airing in April 2012, Richman saw it as the perfect opportunity to get fit before turning 40.
Adam Richman, the former presenter of Man v. Food, has lost 60 pounds since retiring from the extreme eating show – pictured (left) in December 2011 and (right) in August 2013
The former host of Man v. Food celebrated his weight loss with a naked spread in the July 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan UK. He managed to lose 70 pounds in 10 months.
Richman posed lying down with a soccer ball that dangerously covered his pagans.
He was wearing football boots and knee socks and was surrounded by a pair of footballs that read ‘USA’, a reference to the summer World Cup.
The foodie has always indulged in crazy food challenges that he says contributed to his weight gain.
In a 2018 interview with The Project, Richman revealed the one food he can no longer digest, oysters.
Adam remembered one of several eating problems that ruin the food for him: “I had to make 180 oysters,” he said.
WHAT IS MRSA?
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that is resistant to several commonly used antibiotics, making it particularly difficult to treat.
Catching the infection early can help prevent it from spreading and infecting others.
About 30 percent of people carry the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria even in their nose, armpits, groin or buttocks without realizing it.
This can enter the body’s bloodstream and release toxic toxins that kill up to a fifth of infected patients.
MRSA is usually associated with hospitals.