The New Medical Threat MDRO's MRSA and VRE
I worked in a hospital setting for 13+ years, and during that time I saw the dramatic increase in not only MRSA (methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus), but also VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci).
MDRO's (multi drug resistant organisms) are dramatically on the rise. From staph, all the way to salmonella, they are popping up all over. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics is most likely the main culprit. We all can sympathize. We get ill and all we can think about is feeling better and feeling better-FAST. We go to our doctor, and desperately implore him to fix it...we give him a plethora of very good reasons why we need to get back on our feet--yesterday. More often than not he obliges by giving us an antibiotic that we may or may not need. One that gets us back on track in 2 days instead of 5 or 6.
Then there is the practice of some of not finishing up the whole prescription of antibiotics when they are prescribed for them. They take just enough to get them feeling better, then sort of forget to take the rest. Then often end up getting sick again. Both this practice and using antibiotics perhaps even when we could get over the bug on our own, gives the organisms a chance to develop resistance.
We are running out of ammunition to use on these super bugs. The best thing that we can do is let the doctor guide us as to when we need the antibiotics.
For the protection against getting sick to begin with, please, get your flu shot every year. It is the best insurance policy to keeping you well. The flu will not be helped by an antibiotic, but one can get secondary opportunistic infections like pneumonia because you are in a weakened state.
Also, one cannot say hand washing, hand washing, hand washing---enough. Keep the germs washed away, and then they can't make you ill. A simple, no drug, no chemical way of staying healthy.
MRSA not only can make your life miserable, it can maim or even kill you. Not just acquired in hospitals anymore, you can pick it up anywhere, the gym, school, the market-anywhere there are people.
It goes without saying that keeping your environment clean is important also. You may be a saint with your hand washing, but is everyone who has entered your home? There are many good sanitizing cloths and safe sanitizing sprays on the market, but research is showing that Tea Tree Oil and Manuka Essential Oils are very promising in killing MDRO's. Do some research. There are many formulas that you can make at home where you can incorporate them.
Until science comes up with another magic bullet against this new threat, we need to do everything in our power to keep ourselves and our families healthy.