Many people are curious about MRSA symptoms and its treatment. Since the signs of MRSA infection may resemble pimples or spider bites, it is not only important to recognize its symptoms, but also to learn about how this infection can spread and what you can to do prevent it.
What is MRSA?
MRSA stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococccus aureus, a type of skin infection caused by the staph bacteria that enters the body (through a small wound or surgeries). In serious cases, the bacteria is not only confined to the skin, but can also enter deeper into the body, infecting bones,joints, and the bloodstream, which may be life-threatening.
In the earlier days, MRSA symptoms are often experienced by the elderly who are hospitalized. However, now there is another type of MRSA infection that affects the general community known as Community-Acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) and people of all ages are at risk of being infected with this disease. Of course, when a sick person with a weak immune system is hospitalized, it increases the likelihood of him or her to be exposed to this infection.
How does MRSA spread?
There are two common ways that MRSA can spread from one person to another:
1) Skin-to-skin contact with a person who is already infected by the bacteria
2) Touching objects that are contaminated (including sharing things that are used by another person who is infected)
What are MRSA symptoms?
MRSA infection typically starts as a painful red, swollen skin boil. It may contain pus or other drainage and often resembles pimples or spider bites.
What are the factors that contribute to MRSA infection?
The following are several factors often related with MRSA infections:
1) Poor hygiene
2) People living in crowded environments
3) Healthcare workers
What can you do to prevent MRSA?
Prevention is always better than cure.
The key in preventing MRSA infection is hygiene. Always make sure that you wash your hands often and use a hand sanitizer before touching any equipment. This is especially important for healthcare workers that often deal with medical equipments that may be contaminated by the bacteria. Healthcare workers should also wear clean gloves.
Athletes or people who often visit the gym and use athletic equipments should take a shower after their workout session. This is because it is possible that the equipments that they have used are contaminated,or they might pick up the bacteria through skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected.
Since MRSA is likely to infect someone through open wounds, it is important to keep wounds and cuts always covered and clean.
Using Honey in MRSA Treatment
MRSA treatment is often seen as difficult since it is resistant to many antibotics that are commonly used to treat staph infections. When antibiotics are overused or used unnecessarily, the bacteria eventually builds resistance to these antibiotics.
Many people are familiar with the fact that raw, unfiltered honey works effectively in treating wounds. However, a recent discovery associating honey with MRSA treatment has impressed many people, including professionals in the field of medicine.
Honey, particularly Manuka Honey, is found to be an effective substance for those who have MRSA symptoms due to its strong antibacterial properties and inflammatory action. For this reason, honey-impregnated dressings are used on wounds caused by MRSA infections. The result is amazing. Using these wound dressings, and changing it daily (and of course, ensuring proper hygiene at all times), successfully removes symptoms of MRSA infection in cases where other antibiotics and antiseptics had failed to work.
This should be considered a very significant discovery in the field of medicine, and hopefully will spark more interest among experts to conduct more researches in the future regarding the great potential of honey in medicine.