Staph and Other Competing Bacteria

Some serious infections and diseases can be traced back to the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as staph. This type of bacteria is no stranger to the human body. In fact, it is often found on the skin’s surface, especially in areas like the groin and armpits. However, it is often benign in this state. While scientists are still unsure why it is present in the body, it does not seem to have much effect most of the time. For some, though, the situation is different.

After surgery or after an illness or medical procedure, staph can sometimes enter the bloodstream and cause a serious infection, making it difficult to treat. A recent study yielded some new facts regarding staph, as well as on another bacteria that helped reduce levels of infection.

A recent study discovered the presence of staph deep within certain areas of the nose. About one-third of the population are carriers of the bacteria, another third showed no trace and the rest were only occasional carriers. This study also uncovered some new information that may prove useful in the future treatment of staph infections. Another type of bacteria was found lurking in the same regions of the nose as the staphylococcus. This type of bacteria, Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum, seemed to compete with staph. This meant that when there were high levels of the former, there was less of the latter present. This inversely proportional relationship makes it of particular benefit to researchers, as this second type of bacteria excreted a molecular solution that inhibited growth in staph. Should this be certain, this new piece of information may help in the creation of better treatments for dangerous staph infections or even prevent them altogether.

This comes as good news for the medical community, as more and more infections have become harder to treat and as several types of bacteria have become more resistant to pharmaceutical drugs.