A Natural Approach To Health
Living With MRSA
I had a question the other day about MRSA.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staphylococcus or “staph” bacterium that’s resistant to many antibiotics.
Staph bacteria, like other kinds of bacteria, normally live on your skin and in your nose, usually without causing problems.
But if these bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, they can cause serious infections, especially in people who are ill or weak.
MRSA is different from other types of staph because it can’t be treated with certain antibiotics like methicillin.
MRSA infections are more difficult to treat than ordinary staph infections.
This is because the strains of staph known as MRSA don’t respond well to many common antibiotics used to kill bacteria.
When methicillin and other antibiotics don’t kill the bacteria causing an infection, it becomes harder to get rid of the infection.
MRSA bacteria are more likely to develop when antibiotics are used too often or aren’t used correctly.
Given enough time, bacteria can change so these antibiotics no longer work well.
MRSA, like all staph bacteria, can be spread from one person to another through casual contact or through contaminated objects.
It’s commonly spread from the hands of someone who has MRSA.
This could be anyone in a health care setting or in the community.
MRSA isn’t usually spread through the air like the common cold or flu virus, unless a person has MRSA pneumonia and is coughing.
MRSA acquired in a hospital or health care setting is called healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
In most cases, a person who’s already sick or who has a weakened immune system becomes infected with MRSA.
These infections can occur in wounds or skin, burns, and IV or other sites where tubes enter your body, as well as in your eyes, bones, heart, or blood.
In the past, MRSA infected people who had chronic illnesses.
But now MRSA has become more common in healthy people.
These infections can occur among people who have scratches, cuts, or wounds and who have close contact with one another, like members of sports teams.
This type of MRSA is called community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
Symptoms of a MRSA infection depend on where the infection is.
If MRSA is causing an infection in a wound, that area of your skin may be red or tender.
If you have pneumonia, you may develop a cough.
Community-associated MRSA commonly causes skin infections, like boils, abscesses, or cellulitis.
Often, people think they’ve been bitten by a spider or insect.
Because MRSA infections can become serious in a short amount of time, it’s important to see your doctor right away if you notice a boil or other skin problem.
To deal with MRSA, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 80 ounces of purified water daily, which cleanses and flushes your system. Drink at least 1 cup per hour.
*Drink pure, sugar-free only, organic cranberry juice (found in a health food store), herbal teas (especially ginger, cinnamon, and peppermint), soups and broths.
*Milk thistle and red clover aid in liver and blood cleansing.
*Include garlic in your diet. It eliminates disease-causing microbes in your intestines.
*Avoid dehydrating substances like alcohol and caffeine.
*Restrict sugar products, which suppress your immune system. Fruit juices should be highly diluted because of their sugar content.
*Avoid dairy products, which tend to increase mucus production.
*Eat plenty of raw foods.
*Consider fasting and fresh juicing.
*Practice good personal hygiene.
*Take plentiful amounts of alfalfa throughout the day.
*Review my post on Candida, because many times this can be a significant influence.
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