Pneumococcus: Is picking your Nose be dangerous?

Nose picking could be more than just a unsavory habit: researchers from the UK found that Streptococcus pneumoniae can be spread, especially for small children and babies is dangerous.

Pneumococci are inflammations of the skin, among other things, the trigger for lung inflammation, blood poisoning, and Brain. It is known that these bacteria spread when people breathe in germ-loaded droplets in the air. The current study, which is published in the journal European Respiratory Journal, suggests that Nose picking or Rubbing the nose can also contribute to the spread of pneumococci. "Children house more often pneumococcus in their nose as an adult. Other studies have shown that children are the main vectors of these bacteria,” says study author Victoria Connor of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the Royal Liverpool Hospital.

For the study, the researchers with 40 healthy adult participants placed back pneumococcus on the tips of the fingers or the hand. Once the bacteria had been administered, should smell the study participants to either the hands or the nose or the mucous membranes directly with your fingers – either during the pneumococcal solution was still wet, or two minutes after the Application of the bacteria solution. After nine days, the researchers examined were located, how well the bacteria. In the case of those who had touched their nose with the damp pneumococcal solution, the colonization rate of 40 percent at the highest. After that, the group had smelled the damp bacterial solution (30 percent) followed. With the same procedure with the already dried bacterial substance, the bacteria population was significantly lower: In the case of the "Nasenbohrern" it stood at 10 per cent, and in the case of the "Handschnüfflern" there was no Bacteria.

The results of the study show once again how important it is to make sure that careful hand hygiene, especially if you are with infants, small children or elderly people with weakened immune systems who are particularly susceptible to infection with pneumococci.