Probiotics, A Tool for Health…of the Nose?
One of the great blessings I have in medicine is being a member of the International Society for Environmentally Acquired Illness (ISEAI), which includes doctors who care about mold, Lyme and a few other things we get from our environment. One of the hot button issues in the mold world is the importance of a germ called MARCONS, multiple antibiotic resistant coagulase negative Staph. At times, the doctors have group e-mails that serve as discussions about what prescriptions or natural antibiotics they will use to get rid of this germ. Recently, a product has come about that takes another spin on this. Why not give probiotics as we do in the GI tract to crowd out the bad germs with good ones?
The good germ is called Lactobacillus Sakei and the company that makes it, Epthex, calls it Nasobiotex. It comes in a powder and you dissolve a scoop of powder in a few drops of water and apply it to the nasal openings once a day, though some people are doing it two or three times. It’s pretty cheap and you can get it at their site or Amazon.
What is fascinating is that beyond MARCONS, people with chronic sinus issues are trying this and it is helping. In fact, nasal probiotics have been looked at in the medical literature 1,2
This is huge in Indiana as we are a big sinusitis area and for many people it is a frustrating issue.
Bruce Thomas, MD
1 Matthias F. Kramer and Matthew D. Heath, “Probiotics in the Treatment of Chronic Rhinoconjunctivitis and Chronic Rhinosinusitis,” Journal of Allergy, vol. 2014, Article ID 983635, 7 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/983635.
2 Cervin AU. The Potential for Topical Probiotic Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis, a Personal Perspective. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2018;7:530. Published 2018 Jan 12. doi:10.3389/fcimb.2017.00530