Signs of MRSA Infection
Treating the signs of MRSA infection can be frustrating for both doctors and patients. Some researchers are looking for different antibiotics while others are evaluating natural cures for MRSA, including garlic, honey and even maggots.
There may be no outward signs of MRSA infection. A person can carry the bacteria for weeks or even years, without showing symptoms.
When signs of MRSA are present, they may appear as pus-filled boils, skin ulcers or rashes. A nasal swab is needed to make an accurate diagnosis. As the bacteria spreads, dead skin and tissue is left behind.
Medical maggots are the only natural cures for MRSA that have been approved by the FDA. They are also the first living organisms ever approved by the FDA for production and marketing as a medical device.
Monarch Labs is the exclusive provider of the sterilized larvae of the green jar fly. They work by eating dead skin and tissue, which prevents the bacteria from spreading. This is referred to as debridement. Maggots will only eat dead tissue; they are harmless to healthy flesh.
In addition to debridement, larvae secretions are believed to have broad spectrum antibacterial activity and a soothing effect on wounds. Researchers are currently studying a kind of wound healing stimulation that is brought on by the therapy.
They are also looking at other natural cures for MRSA. In one recent study, a combination of pills and creams containing garlic was used.
Before the introduction of penicillin and other antibiotics, doctors and scientists like Louis Pasteur evaluated many plants and other substances for their antibacterial activity. Pasteur found that garlic was an effective antibacterial agent and it was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World War I and II. In June, 2008, London researchers reported successfully treating the signs of MRSA infection with pills and creams containing garlic.
Honey, as one of the natural cures for MRSA, has been the subject of six different studies in the last several years. Researchers in Germany, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have conducted laboratory and clinical studies using various types of honey.
All of the results have been positive, but the most success has been achieved with a specific type from New Zealand called Manuka. Researchers believe that the antibacterial and antioxidant activity of honey gathered from the Manuka bush is higher than in other types.
In the laboratory, they have been able to reduce culture counts from ten to zero in 24 hours. When used to treat patients with signs of MRSA infection, they found no bacteria after 72 hours.
There may be many other natural cures for MRSA, of course, because there are countless naturally occurring antibacterial agents. Nature has always provided everything we needed for good health. We just have to learn where to look for them.
If you are concerned that you may have symptoms or signs of MRSA, feel free to consult me. I am Rami El-Hussieny, a Naturopathic Doctor. I currently practice in East Lansing and Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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