Did you know that about 2.5 percent of us carry the antibiotic resistant “superbug” MRSA in our noses all the time? While medical experts aren’t sure if its presence there is harmful, a new study may have uncovered a way to rid your nose of this hitchhiker.
Researchers have found that those who drink hot coffee or tea were about half as likely to have MRSA in their nasal passages as people who drank no hot tea or coffee. No such association was found in drinking iced tea or soda. The study notes that coffee and tea have been shown to have antimicrobial effects in other settings.
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a particularly nasty pathogen that has developed a resistance to the antibiotic methicillin, one of our main lines of defense against such bacteria. The bacteria can cause infection when they enter the body through a cut, sore, catheter, or breathing tube. The infection can be minor and local such as a bug bite, or more serious involving the heart, lung, blood, or bone.
When MRSA infections do occur, it is typically through one of two scenarios:
The study suggested that further research is warranted before we consider using coffee and tea to combat MRSA infections system-wide. In the meantime, enjoy your next cup of tea or joe knowing it just might keep your own nose MRSA-free.
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