Diseases caused by bacterial infections may be serious or even fatal. Some of these diseases may be highly contagious as well. There are many different types of bacteria in the environment, although not all bacteria types are harmful to humans.
Some of the common types that can cause diseases are:
– E. Coli
– Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori bacteria)
Some diseases caused by bacteria are as follows:
– Strep throat
– Typhoid Fever
– A whooping Cough
Some of the above diseases, such as tuberculosis and cholera, have caused great devastation in many places around the world.
Antibacterial Properties of Honey
Antibiotics resistance is a major concern everywhere in the world. Honey is known to be a substance that has powerful bacteria-killing properties. This includes several bacteria types that are resistant to other antibiotics.
Clinical observations and researches have discovered that honey is found to be able to fight the Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to many types of antibiotics. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause minor skin infections, but in other cases – where infections occur in the respiratory and urinary tracts, bone and joints, or the nervous system – it may be fatal. It is common in health care settings and often infects surgical wounds.
Another important discovery made by researchers is the effectiveness of honey against the Helicobacter pylori bacteria that is the main cause of stomach ulcers. Therapy for stomach ulcers using conventional methods had always been difficult. In an experiment conducted in New Zealand, it was discovered that honey could stop the growth of this bacterium in merely 3 days.
Honey has also been found to be effective for a number of infectious diseases caused by bacteria such as meningitis, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections, tuberculosis, sinusitis, and sore throat, among others.
Raw, unprocessed honey is the best to use for antibacterial purposes.
However, honey should not be given to babies below one-year-old due to the risk of contracting infant botulism.
Preventing Bacterial Infections
One important step to prevent bacterial infections is always practice routine hygiene. Practicing proper hygiene is very simple. Here are a few things that you can do to prevent bacterial infections:
– The simplest way is to wash your hands with soap and water often. Use hand sanitizers especially when you go outdoors.
– Keep all areas clean to prevent bacterial growth, especially surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom, using germicidal sprays or disinfectants.
– Make sure the equipment that you use are clean. Wear protective gloves when necessary. There are many cases of bacterial infections that resulted from touching or sharing equipment – medical equipment, or athletic equipment in the gym, for instance – that are contaminated.
– When handling food, protect the food against contamination. Cover your hair by wearing hats or hair nets. Never smoke in the area where food is being prepared (or better still, don’t smoke at all!) Sterilize the equipment used in preparing the food.
Practicing the above routine may help you to protect yourself and others around you from bacterial infections, and more importantly from the diseases caused by bacteria, that are possibly life-threatening. In fact, many such diseases can actually be prevented by simply taking a few minutes to practice good hygiene. Start today!