What dangerous disease can the habit of putting a finger in the nose cause?

The habit of putting a finger in the nose is not only in children but also in some young and elderly people, which can also cause a disease that is not easy to get rid of.

A 2022 study revealed an unusual link between the habit of putting a finger in the nose and Alzheimer’s disease caused by brain cell infection.

The habit of putting a finger in the nose not only destroys the internal cells of your nose but also provides an easy way for bacteria to reach the brain through the nose, which affects the brain cells.

How Alzheimer’s begins is still a mystery, although a lot of research has been done on it.

Experts say that the habit of putting a finger in the nose could possibly be the cause of the onset of the disease.

A team of researchers led by scientists from Griffith University in Australia tested the bacteria called ‘Chlamydia pneumonia’ which can cause pneumonia in humans, some of the patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s, the same bacteria were discovered in the brain.

In a study conducted on mice, the researchers believed that the bacteria in the brain can reach there through the nose.

James St. John, a neuroscientist at Griffith University, said in a 2022 statement, "We first sent chlamydia pneumoniae bacteria directly into the brain through the nose, and then what we saw is potentially frightening for humans."

Scientists were surprised to see the bacteria spread rapidly in mice and engulf the nervous system, this infection occurs in 24 to 72 hours, showing that any virus or bacteria reaches the brain rapidly through the nose.

Although it is not certain that the effects will be the same in humans.

According to James St. John, we need to do this study in humans and confirm whether it is completely correct for humans as well.

Researchers say that this research has been proposed by many people but it has not yet been completed, we believe that the same bacteria is also in the human brain, but it is not final how it reaches the brain.


Author: DoctorMaryam.org

4th Professional Medical Student. Karachi Medical and Dental College.

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