Colds especially bad? It may be the bacteria in your nose


For people suffering from a cold, the severity of their symptoms may be linked to the mix of bacteria that inhabit their nose.

New research suggests the amount and type of organisms residing in the nose might explain why some people's symptoms are worse than others – even if they are infected with the same strain of virus.

Six different patterns

For the study, researchers analysed the nasal bacteria of 152 people before and after they were infected with the same cold virus. People whose noses have a lot of Staphylococcus bacteria had more severe nasal symptoms than those with less of this type of bacteria.

The findings were published recently in the journal Scientific Reports.

The bacteria inside the noses of the participants followed one of six different patterns, which were associated with variations in the severity of their symptoms. The mix of nasal bacteria was also linked with their viral load, or the amount of the virus in their body.

"There were effects on virus load and how much virus you shed in your nasal secretions. So the background microbiome, the background bacterial pattern in your nose, had influences on the way that you reacted to the virus and how sick you got," said researcher Dr Ronald Turner, who's with the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

But the researchers added that their findings don't prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Treatment with probiotics

"What we're reporting is an association, so it's entirely possible that the fact that you have staph in your nose and you have more symptoms is not directly related," Turner explained in a university news release. "It may well be that there's some underlying host characteristic that makes you likely to have staph in your nose and also makes you more likely to become ill."

The researchers noted that the composition of nasal bacteria and the severity of people's symptoms could boil down to genetics.
Colds especially bad? It may be the bacteria in your nose Colds especially bad? It may be the bacteria in your nose Reviewed by adnan on October 06, 2018 Rating: 5

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