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MRSA Treatment, Remedies and Diet

MRSA or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus is that type of staph infection that is resistant against certain antibiotics like methicillin as well as other common antibiotics of the same class like penicillin; oxacillin and amocillin.There are a number of people who die due to MRSA infection. Healthy individuals may have MRSA which may appear as pimples or boils that are red, swollen and painful. These lesions may consist of pus. These boils need to be checked by the doctor if further MRSA treatments need to be done.

Health care associated MRSA occurs in elderly individuals, people who are admitted in health care hospitals or clinics. This type of MRSA occurs as surgical wound infections, blood infections and pneumonia.

This kind of infection is life threatening and a number of deaths are reported. Community associated MRSA infection is mild in nature and leads to mild infection of the skin and soft tissue. It may not be dangerous but in rare cases it can also be life threatening. This type of infection occurs in athletes, school children, and people living in crowded areas, gyms and prisoners or people who live in close quarters or who share personal items like razors, combs or towels. While health care associated MRSA occurs in elders, community based MRSA occurs in younger individuals. Thus MRSA treatments need to be done promptly without any delay.

As close hand to hand contact, cuts and abrasions, living in crowded places can cause spread of infection it is necessary to carry out preventive measures so that hygiene is maintained.  Certain preventive measures apart from MRSA treatment that need to be undertaken are:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Cover the cuts and wounds so that the infection does not enter the body.
  3. Do not touch any other person’s wounds or cuts.
  4. Do not share your towels, toothbrush, and razors.
  5. If hospitalized, make sure that the doctors and nurses wash your hands with liquid sanitizers thoroughly before handling you.
  6. Make sure that disposable needles and sterilized equipments are used for operation.

Remedies for MRSA

The remedies are still under research and need to be studied. However the various measures that can be considered for treating MRSA are:

  1. Honey and seaweeds are used for treating infections in the wounds. Honey is applied thickly on the wound and seaweed solution is applied in the dressings. These can pull the infection from the wound.
  2. Olive leaf extract can be used to overcome MRSA with success rate. The elenol acid and calcium elenolate present in Olive leaf can be used to treat any bacteria, virus or fungi that can enter into the body.
  3. Grape fruit seed extract can be used for killing the bacteria and reducing the infection.
  4. Tea tree oil can be used to eradicate the colonization of MRSA.
  5. Honey made from Manuka plant can be used to treat the wound infected due to MRSA. It can make the wound sterile and can also prevent the clean wound from touching the infected part, thus preventing cross infection.
  6. Garlic pills and creams can be used to treat the wounds and can be used to treat the infections. This occurs due to the presence of a compound in garlic called allicin that has healing properties.

It is very essential to consult your doctor regarding infection, irrespective of the remedies you try to heal your condition.

Diet for MRSA infection

For any infection, it is very important to improve the immune system of the individual. For improving the immune system, have regular healthy meals or a balanced diet containing all the nutrients in right amounts. This gives the body energy and the ability to sustain through the infection. Good quality proteins like pulses, legumes, milk, eggs are essential for improving the immune system of the body.

Persons involved in food production industry, need to avoid direct contact with the foods or utensils if they are infected. Good hygienic measures like washing the hands thoroughly using good sanitizers, using disposable head caps, coats and gloves are essential.

Thus treatment for MRSA infection involve proper medications, correct diet and constant supervision under the health personnel.

Submitted on January 16, 2014