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    Staphylococcus aureus is present on the skin, particularly in the nose and ears, of about 33% of the population. It may cause or be associated with your acne, allergies, asthma, eczema, dermatitis, impetigo, rosacea, psoriasis, folliculitis, sinus problems, sinus headaches, ear infections, sleep apnea, post nasal drip, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, acid reflux, bowel disease, chronic fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, or diabetes.

    It was in my nose and ears and caused congestion, allergies, cystic acne, & pimples around my nose, cheeks, chin, and mouth.

    Cleaning your nostrils and ears with chlorhexidine may bring relief or even provide a cure for those diseases.

    Additional Staph colonization sites include the scalp, armpits, belly button, genitals, and between the butt cheeks. Chlorhexidine can be used to decolonize Staph from these areas.

    Please follow the link for more information about Staph carriage and disease.


    See this link to read about the routine I follow to remove Staph from my body.


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  1. healthyalmonds

    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @Mr. Brownstone Here is the specific protocol I follow that has cured my acne and rid my skin of Staphylococcus aureus. Once a day I clean my nostrils with chlorhexidine (Hibiclens). I use one cotton swab per nostril, I dunk it in the chlorhexidine, wipe excess liquid off the swab, then I rub the swab as far back my nose as I can pinch together with my fingers. I let the chlorhexidine sit in each nostril the rest of the day, but you can leave it in for about 5 minutes then wipe it out with a fresh cotton swab. Also, you can dry your nostrils with fresh swabs prior to applying the chlorhexidine Once a day I thoroughly wipe in and around my ears with a cotton swab soaked with chlorhexidine or with a paper towel wet with >90% rubbing alcohol. Two times a week I wash my scalp and body, including my genitals and butt, with chlorhexidine body wash. To stop pimples, I applied 10% benzoyl peroxide cream to my face every day. I applied it with my fingers after I showered and washed my hands. It is very effective at preventing acne for me. I trim my nose hairs to reduce surface area for bacteria to attach to. With regular treatment, I am optimistic that you will see similar benefits.
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    Best wishes @Mr. Brownstone. Please keep us updated with any progress you observed!
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @ap13 Nice. Keep us updated with how it goes!
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @ap13 Hair on the scalp can also be colonized by S. aureus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC472824/ That may explain your persistent neck and back acne. I carry the bacteria on my scalp. https://www.reddit.com/r/Staphacne/comments/7rveo3/the_scalp_can_be_colonized_by_staphylococcus/ I bought a chlorhexidine shampoo (pet formulated) from Amazon and have seen positive results in ridding the scalp Staph.
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @silverlight22 That's really cool about what you learned with C. kosneri. I wonder which between doxy and minocycline works best against the two species of bacteria. My general understanding is that the doxy works well against Staph, but both antibiotics target the same thing, protein production in bacteria. I've tried betadine (iodine) in my nostrils, after reading about how it is used in hospitals for wound cleaning. I created a thread on my subreddit that talks about trying it. https://www.reddit.com/r/Staphacne/comments/5dkzjy/cotton_swabs_soaked_with_povidoneiodine_as_an/ Although, I learned it was wholly ineffective against S. aureus and I no longer use it. https://www.reddit.com/r/Staphacne/comments/6d0amp/triple_antibiotic_ointment_neosporin_may_be_more/ It may work against C. kosneri, however, and it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot! @TaleTrekker I have tried a type of probiotic treatment, but it didn't help rid of my nasal Staph. I knew from testing that my ears carried S. epidermidis but not S. aureus. I was hoping to colonize my nostrils with my ear bacteria. I first cleaned my nostrils with rubbing alcohol. Then I used a sterile cotton swab and rubbed my ears with them. I next rubbed that swab into my nostrils. Even though S. epidermidis naturally lives in the nostrils, I wasn't able to have that bacteria out compete my nasal S. aureus, and I still tested positive. I haven't used any third party products. If you do try one, keep us updated with how things go!
  6. healthyalmonds

    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @silverlight22 I'm not sure what could cause C. koseri to show up in pustules. With hibiclens it is equally effective against Staph and gram negative bacteria. The Hibiclens may not be penetrating the pustules effectively to kill the bacteria inside.
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @ap13 Thank you for the update and that is awesome that you are observing clearer skin. I am optimistic that the progress will continue
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    @silverlight22 Affordable and reusable but understandably embarrassing to wear :-) A couple of years ago I bought ear bags https://www.amazon.com/Sprigs-Earbags-Bandless-Earmuffs-Thinsulate/dp/B00CI995MU?th=1 to wear before bed. This was when I was learning that my ear Staph was no longer being killed by TAO. It definitely worked to prevent cheek acne. Since I learned about alcohol and chlorhexidine to clean my ears, I no longer use any ear covers. @MrBakery I couldn't say. I'm not familiar with Nizoral.
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @Mr.L.A.Confidential Yes, that looks like a great routine! Hopefully you've already noticed some progress. I put benzoyl peroxide all over my face and not just on areas where I broke out. I believe that by spreading it throughout I was making it hard for Staph to live in my skin and cause a pimple.
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @Canucklehead12 Awesome that you found a product that contains chlorhexidine! I've never heard of Dexidin and I'm curious to hear about how well it works.
  11. healthyalmonds

    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @silverlight22 1) I believe nasal Hibiclens will prevent nasal Staph from causing pimples on your chin even if you were to stop benzoyl peroxide treatment. However, keep in mind that S. aureus can reside in other areas such as ears, armpits, and other people. If the bacteria finds its way to your chin from other places it can still cause pimples. 2) Yes, that is a great representation of what to swab. I use this picture:
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @silverlight22 @Canucklehead12 @silverlight22 It's possible that the pimples will return after you stop using TAO. The bacteria may not be fully eradicated when you stop and it may grow and cause symptoms again. Even if you do totally kill your nasal Staph, it can be reintroduced from other environments into your nose, for example by your hand. I think the best method is to clean the nostrils daily to minimize the chance that the bacteria grows and causes problems. I believe both 70% and 91% alcohol would work. There may be a slight difference in effectiveness, but with daily cleanings there probably isn't a noticeable difference between the two. @canucklehead12 I completely understand the hesitation considering the chlorhexidine label says not to use in the mucous membranes. Speaking for myself, I have been putting chlorhexidine in my nostrils every day for the past few months, and I have had zero issues with it. No smelling issues, no burning sensation, no problems at all. It is however, keeping my nostrils free of S. aureus, as this mannitol salt agar test from a few days ago suggests:
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    @Mr.L.A.Confidential @Husky124 @ LA Confidential I've never used tea tree oil and I am not familiar with it. Someone recently posted on my subreddit that they are using tea tree oil for their acne and it works. Here is the link to the post: https://www.reddit.com/r/Staphacne/comments/7i5iwx/i_have_had_chronic_sinusitis_247_365_days_a_year/dqy67id/ When I first put the ointment in my nostrils I did it for 20 days. But I learned that not all Staph are equally killed by antibiotic ointment. The sidebar has a link to the routine I follow to keep my body free of S. aureus. @husky124 I no longer use alcohol, iodine, or TAO in my nostrils to kill Staph. I've learned that nasal chlorhexidine killed the bacteria much more easily than the other methods. I use chlorhexidine to clean my ears as well. Your symptoms do sound like the Staph is living in your nostrils, despite it not showing up on your upper lip. It was in my nose but I only occasionally got mustache-area pimples; chin and cheek pimples were much more frequent. I suspect it is because there is more space for Staph to fall into hair follicles on my chin; Like this image:
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    Staph In My Nose Caused My Pimples

    Mupirocin should be effective at killing ear and nasal Staph. Same with Neosporin and other antibiotic ointments. I've never heard of chloramex so I can't speak for its effectiveness. Also, consider using chlorhexidine or rubbing alcohol to clean your ears, nostrils, and skin. I use chlorhexidine (Hibiclens) as my primary anti-Staph wash. Feel free to view the link in the sidebar for my exact regimen.
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    @bellacat Oral antibiotics can be effective at killing Staph in the nose. I prefer a topical antibiotic because it provides a more targeted destruction.