The shorter and cooler days of Fall mean less time spent outdoors in the sun. Spending more time indoors will certainly make you lose your tan. But there’s a much more important thing you risk losing that can leave you more prone to winter colds, flu, other infections and possibly even MRSA colonization.
One of the most crucial nutrients your body needs to fight and resist infections is vitamin D. This vitamin plays a big role in helping you avoid and recover from infections. Not only does vitamin D contain antibacterial properties, it also mediates infection-fighting responses in your body’s immune system.
This is the first of a 2 part series on the use of Chlorhexidine as a skin wash and MRSA decolonization protocol.
In the news lately are more scientific studies confirming the level of resistance of MRSA and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria against the antiseptic skin cleanser called chlorhexidine gluconate, or CHG. Chlorhexidine gluconate washes are commonly prescribed to help prevent MRSA infections and help in skin decolonization for MRSA. CHG is normally well tolerated, but it does have some important precautions you should know about, including some occasion serious side effects.
A new study was released about caring for children with MRSA or Staph (and I’ve included some precaution tips below). This study shows that family members are nearly 10 times more likely to be colonized by MRSA bacteria if they have a child with a Staph infection in their household. The Washington University School of Medicine study also shows that household members are more likely to be colonized with Staph aureus than the general public as well (Arch Pediat Adoles Med. 2012; 166(6): 551-557).
Pets have long been known to provide their owners with emotional and physical health benefits. Pets are especially therapeutic for seniors living in nursing homes, where loneliness and depression are common. Pets can also help lower your blood pressure, increase exercise habits and reduce social withdrawal.
If you’ve lost time from work because of Staph or MRSA, then you know the stress, uncertainty and frustration these infections can inflict. On top of the often high cost of treatments, lost income from missing work can cause a huge financial strain.
You want to go back to work and get your life back on track as soon as possible. But you also want your friends, family and coworkers to be safe from catching your infection. If you’ve lost work due to Staph or MRSA then you’ve probably been wondering the following:
Staph aureus bacteria greatly magnified (Credit: Arduino/CDC)
There’s a fair amount of confusion online about what MRSA really is. Sometimes you’ll see it called MERSA, Staph MRSA, resistant Staph, Staph superbug, or even MRSA Virus.
What is MRSA? Is it a virus? Is it a bacteria? What exactly is it?
Nose Staph infections
Staph and MRSA bacteria like warm, moist environments and commonly live in the nose
Aside from your skin, a favorite place for Staph and MRSA bacteria to live and grow is in your nose. Bacteria like Staph love moist and warm places like the nose, upper respiratory system, groin and arm pits. Staph can live in your nose and not cause a nose infection, however many people get sores and infections in their nose.
For kids, the nose can get a lot of “finger traffic” which can spread Staph bacteria around to other surfaces they touch. Because Staph aureus (the bacteria responsible for MRSA) live in the nose of about 30% of all people, it’s why Staph nose infections are one of the most common types of Staph infections.
MRSA carrier facts and myths
One of the biggest questions I hear from people with MRSA is “will I always be a MRSA carrier?” This is an important question because a MRSA carrier can spread the bacteria to their spouse, family members, friends and coworkers, even if they show no signs of infection.