Effect of a moustache on nasal Staphylococcus aureus colonisation and nasal cytology results in men
Erdoğan Çakır, Aslı
Çalım, Ömer Faruk
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CitationSoylu, E., Orhan, İ., Erdoğan Çakır, A., İstanbullu, A., Altın, G., Yılmazer, R. ve Çalım, Ö. F. (2015). Effect of a moustache on nasal Staphylococcus aureus colonisation and nasal cytology results in men. Journal of Laryngology and Otology, 129(2), 155-158. https://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S002221511400334X
Objective: This study compared the results of nasal Staphylococcus aureus carriage and nasal cytology in men with and without a moustache. Methods: The study group comprised 118 adult men with a moustache, and the control group consisted of 123 adult men without a moustache. Samples were taken from the participants' right nasal cavity for cytology and from the left nasal cavity for microbiology. Results: The results for S aureus were positive in 19.5 per cent (n=23) of participants with a moustache and in 20.3 per cent (n=25) of men without a moustache. This difference was not significant (p>0.05). However, nasal cytology revealed rich eosinophil clusters in participants with a moustache. Conclusion: The presence or absence of a moustache had no effect on nasal S aureus colonisation. However, further research is needed to understand whether the presence of a moustache increases the risk of allergic or non-allergic rhinitis.