MRSA

MRSA is an acronym for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (and is sometimes referred to as MERSA), and it is an antibiotic resistant Superbug bacteria that grows in clusters, multiplies very rapidly and can cause many different kinds of infection, ranging from simple skin infections (boils, furuncles) to septicemia (infection of the bloodstream) and toxic shock syndrome, and is spreading rapidly in the United States and worldwide.

Studies approximate that 30-50 % of the population carry colonies of Staphylococcus aureus on their bodies all of the time. Those most susceptible to becoming sick from it are children, the elderly and others with reduced immune system function from diseases such as diabetes and HIV. MRSA used to be a bacteria that was only found in hospital settings HA-MRSA), but in recent years, MRSA has attacked healthy people who have contracted it within their communities (CA-MRSA). MRSA grows very rapidly in warm, moist areas, and is often seen in athletes and gyms.

 


Conditions that suggest MRSA

Symptoms - Skin - Conditions  

Having MRSA



Counter Indicators
Symptoms - Skin - Conditions  

Absence of MRSA




Risk factors for MRSA

Symptoms - Skin - Conditions  

History of/having MRSA




Recommendations for MRSA

Animal-based  

Propolis / Bee Products

UMF Manuka Honey dressings kill MRSA, something many of our strongest antibiotics cannot do, and what’s more, they are available on the NHS. Professor Molan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the use of Manuka honey in wound care. He has conducted numerous clinical trials that document the success of Manuka Honey in killing MRSA and treating various other bacterial infections associated with open wounds and ulcers at New Zealand’s Waikato Hospital.

It is believed that although honey cannot combat MRSA once it has reached the bloodstream, it can stop the initial wound infection spreading within the body, and can also halt the spread of the bug to other patients.



Botanical  

Garlic

With the widespread overuse of antibiotics for the past 60 years, more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to more and more antibiotics. A common strain in hospitals (and also spreading to the general population) is MRSA: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Josling reports on one case of MRSA infection of spinal surgical wounds that had not healed after several years, even with intravenous, oral and topical antibiotic usage. Amazingly, combined use of oral and topical Allicillin cleared the wound infections in a short period of time. Allicillin is so effective against MRSA that each new production batch of Allicillin is tested against MRSA to establish its antimicrobial efficacy. You can be absolutely sure that when you choose Allicillin from Designs for Health for a broad array of clinical applications that you are getting the world’s finest and only truly allicin standardized garlic product.



Drug  

Antibiotics

Doctors are encouraged to collect specimens for culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing from all patients with abscesses or purulent skin lesions, particularly those with severe local infections, systemic signs of infection, or history suggesting connection to a cluster or outbreak of infections among epidemiologically linked individuals. Culture and susceptibility results are useful both for management of individual patients and to help determine local prevalence of S. aureus susceptibility to beta-lactam and non-beta-lactam agents.



 

Conventional Drugs / Information

Vancomycin is one of the few antibiotics still effective against hospital strains of MRSA infection, although the drug is no longer effective in every case. Several drugs continue to work against CA-MRSA, but CA-MRSA is a rapidly evolving bacterium, and it may be a matter of time before it, too, becomes resistant to most antibiotics.



Key

Proven definite or direct link
Very strongly or absolutely counter-indicative
Highly recommended

Glossary

MRSA

(Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)

Bacteria

Microscopic germs. Some bacteria are "harmful" and can cause disease, while other "friendly" bacteria protect the body from harmful invading organisms.

Immune System

A complex that protects the body from disease organisms and other foreign bodies. The system includes the humoral immune response and the cell-mediated response. The immune system also protects the body from invasion by making local barriers and inflammation.

Diabetes Mellitus

A disease with increased blood glucose levels due to lack or ineffectiveness of insulin. Diabetes is found in two forms; insulin-dependent diabetes (juvenile-onset) and non-insulin-dependent (adult-onset). Symptoms include increased thirst; increased urination; weight loss in spite of increased appetite; fatigue; nausea; vomiting; frequent infections including bladder, vaginal, and skin; blurred vision; impotence in men; bad breath; cessation of menses; diminished skin fullness. Other symptoms include bleeding gums; ear noise/buzzing; diarrhea; depression; confusion.

HIV

Abbreviation for human immunodeficiency virus, a retrovirus associated with onset of advanced immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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