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Avoiding MRSA

29th July 2009 by Carol Posted in Uncategorized

In the good ol’ days, when you skinned your knee, it was no big deal. You would avoid your mom who would try to put Mercurochrome on it which turned your knee red and stung like heck. In two or three days it would heal (if you didn’t do the other common kid thing which was to pick the scab off to see what would happen).

Now is the age of super bugs: bacteria that are resistant to most or all antibiotics, among them, MRSA, a form of staphylococcus. Unfortunately, a bout with MRSA can result in serious infection and even amputation of affected limbs.

MRSA is spread by skin contact with infected people and with the items infected people have touched. It also needs broken skin on your body so it can climb inside and do its nasty little thing. While it used to be limited to hospitals where overuse of antibiotics and under-use of sanitizers helped it evolve and spread, it has now found its way into places where people tend to congregate closely, such as barracks and athletic facilities.

There are two main ways to prevent MRSA infection. One is to be sure to treat any broken places in your skin. At least put a bandage on and the triple antibiotic ointment may also help. Wash the area every day and before you treat the wound or change the bandage, be sure your hands are clean. Help children to understand the need to care properly for their wounds, including the necessity to avoid playing with a cut on the skin.

The second way is to avoid contact with people and potentially germ-laden items. This means no sharing, unfortunately. When you do have to touch something, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. You can be subtle about it to avoid giving people a negative message, but do it nonetheless.

Information about MRSA is available on the Web. Although pictures of MRSA infections are not fun to look at, it would be a good idea to look them up so you know when it is time to get to the doctor for an infection.

There are so many wonderful things about the age we live in: technical possibilities for ordinary people that were the stuff of science fiction books and movies forty years ago. Sadly, we also face diseases that were unimagined by the previous generation. We have adjusted to computer technology; we also have to adjust our habits to accommodate the super bugs.

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7 Responses to “Avoiding MRSA”

  1. Arrow Durfee Says:

    The antibiotic topical ointment of choice to prevent MRSA is Bacitracin but it must be applied very soon after contamination. Early infection can be treated with topical MMS but do look into how to do this properly. Never leave activated MMS on a wound for over 3 minutes.

    There is a wealth of MRSA info on this blog. No need to search the web. Everything you need to know about alternatives to drug therapy is here. Just put MRSA in HealthSalon’s search function.

  2. Jim Z Says:

    I have been plagued with decubitus ulcers for many years being a t8 paraplegic and recently dx w/ ALS and more recently with lymes. I have not tried MMS yet(soon) but can swear by the use of Manuka Honey for treatment of infected wounds. IT WILL KILL MRSA and any other bacteria living in a wound and heal it regardless if it is to the bone. Don’t be afraid, you will see great results within hours, it fricken’ works by gosh. Took me 13 yrs to discover this and bummed w/ the system that this isn’t common knowledge. zellwj@yahoo.com

  3. Jim Z Says:

    BTW, manuka honey is a natural antibiotic and has no resistance bugs,NONE. If you don’t have honey handy, use granulated sugar or white sugar for that matter for all types of wounds or burns.

  4. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Good Luck with the MMS.
    There is a Doctor west in Pocatello, Idaho who has pretty good success treating Lyme.

  5. Robert Says:

    Important: On the mention of manuka honey above – be very careful as not all manuka honey is the same. Yes, some of it contains unique natural antibacterial properties that are effective against MRSA, and it is brilliant at helping wounds heal if you get the right stuff (this has been backed by research). But there is now a real problem of ordinary manuka honey being wrongly promoted / sold. Not only that, but if using on a wound then you should ensure a proper medical grade, sterilised one is used. You need to look for manuka honey that is UMF┬« accredited or that is certified as medical grade.

    In the UK / Europe, the Comvita ManukaCare product that is 100% antibacterial manuka honey has now been given a medical devices license, and is actually allowed to make a claim for its use against MRSA. This is a tube of the sterilised honey ready for wound use.
    See here: http://www.newzealandhoneyshop.co.uk/manuka-honey/manukacare-18.html

    (Think same product is also called Comvita WoundCare in New Zealand where it is made)

  6. Kat Says:

    Is there any research being done to make a vaccine against MRSA? Once you have MRSA and have been decolonized to you have antibodies to prevent you from getting MRSA again?

  7. Arrow Durfee Says:

    Vaccines work best against viral diseases, not bacterial. If they could have they would have by now.