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Everything you need to know about MRSA
MRSA used to be most common in nursing homes and hospitals. Ten years ago, it would have been almost unheard of, for a healthy person to contract this deadly bacteria. Time evolves many things. It is now very common to see average people with this condition. MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. In Laymen's terms, this is a medicine resistant Staff infection. It is resistant to methicillin which is what is used to treat a normal Staph infection. The antibiotic most used against MRSA is Bactrim.
MRSA Risk Factors
Some risk factors associated with this condition are:
•Participation in contact sports- Bacteria that causes MRSA is spread easily through, skin to skin contact.
•Having a weakened immune system- If the immune system is weak it is harder to fight off infection.
•Living in crowded or unsanitary conditions- Major outbreaks have occurred in military training camps and prisons.
•Association with health care workers- People in close contact with healthcare workers have an increased risk of contracting a serious staph infection.
•Children- MRSA can be More dangerous in children. MRSA often enters through a cut or scrape and in children is more likely to cause a widespread infection.
Characteristics of MRSA
MRSA starts out as a little bump. It looks very similar to a pimple or an ant bite. If it is MRSA, you will soon notice that the head of the bump will turn black. If you do not get this treated in a timely fashion fluid will collect, and the bump will grow larger and very painful. If you press down on the area, it may be warm to the touch. You will notice the fluid has formed into a hard growing shell. At this point, you would need to get it lanced. A great trick, to see if the lesion is growing (and it needs to be lanced) is to draw a circle around the soar. If it outgrows the circle, it will need to be lanced.
If at any time red lines show up, pointing toward your veins, seek medical attention immediately.
MRSA can spread into your body causing a life threatening infection in your bones, joints, bloodstream, heart and lungs. Signs of this include chest pain, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, rash and shortness of breath. IF these symptoms start, get to the nearest Emergency Room, immediately.
It is very important to take this infection seriously. Some cases are treated easily, but others can spread quickly. This is deadly infection, is no laughing matter. A friend of mine went into the hospital for a boil, and never left. The infection had spread rapidly to her lungs, and she passed away in the hospital. The single most Important thing to do to help prevent against MRSA is frequent hand washing. Some other common-sense ways are: covering all wounds, avoiding others who have uncovered wounds, and avoiding shared personal items.
Natural MRSA Remedies
I have read about many natural remedies for MRSA some of these include apple cider vinegar, bloodroot paste, baking soda, or a mixture of acai berry, aloe Vera, and probiotics.
One natural remedy that has worked for me is Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea. My daughter has a history of MRSA outbreaks. She got it the first time from her grandmother who works in the medical field. The problem is, once a person is exposed to MRSA they seem to get it over and over again. She had not had a problem with it in over a year but, recently we noticed the beginning signs. She immediately started to freak out because she did not want to have to get it lanced(cut open and drained). I put warm compresses on it for a couple of days hoping to get the poison to the surface, but it was getting worse. I had some wellness tea on hand, which had ingredients that are known to help infection such as:
I ran a warm bath for her, and put four tea bags in the water three times a day. I also made her hold a warm tea bag on the infected area. Amazingly, the infection leaked out on its own and the MRSA was gone in three days without being lanced!
These options can be explored, but I would suggest only doing so under the watchful eye of your physician.