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This Is Why Some People Get Worse Colds Than Others

A study conducted at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has found that the organisms living in your nose determine how bad your cold is going to be, if you get one. And, the more bacteria you have in there that cause things like staph infections, food poisoning, intestinal tract infections and boils, the worse your cough and cold will be. Interestingly, those with a nose microbiome that included a great deal of Staphylococcus bacteria had the most severe nasal symptoms, the Deccan Chronicle reports.

Since both colds and influenza are caused by viruses, it’s very intriguing indeed to learn how a colony of Staph bacteria in your nose contributes to how miserable you are when you catch a virus. Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria that has 30 different species, but when we use the term “staph infection, we’re usually referring to the Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) subtype, which is the species responsible for most staph infections.

Around 15 to 40 percent of healthy people carry the S. aureus strain in their skin and nostrils without developing diseases at all. But since it can create diseases by entering through cracks in your skin or mucous membranes, having healthy skin is one of your first lines of defense. This begins with the classic but REAL admonition to wash, wash, wash your hands regularly, and especially during the cold and flu season.

If you do come down with a cold with a runny nose and itchy eyes — and maybe a low-grade fever — the good news is there are several natural home remedies that you can use to help yourself feel better. One step you can take right now, before you get sick, is to optimize your vitamin D levels.

Research studies have demonstrated that this fat-soluble vitamin is essential to the function of your immune system and can help prevent a cold, but the studies also show supplementation during a cold may not shorten the length of the illness. Therefore, it’s important to build up those levels now, so your body will be ready to fight colds and flu later.

If you’ve already got a cold, there is evidence that dosing with vitamin C will shorten the life of your cold. Typically, the higher the dose the better but one is limited to a relatively small amount with oral vitamin C. You can go much higher with IV or liposomal C. I personally use liposomal vitamin C, 2 to 3 grams every few hours when I am sick, or when friends and family get sick.