What is MRSA?
“Can you get better if you have MRSA?” The answer is yes, if you educate and empower yourself with information about the disease and what options you have for treating and preventing it. The free educational report below will help you better understand this growing health concern.
How does it differ from a Staph infection?
MRSA is a type of Staph bacteria that can cause very serious bacterial infections. MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is caused by Staphylococcus aureus or “Staph,” that has acquired an immunity or resistance to the penicillin type of antibiotics and other currently used antibiotics. There is no MRSA virus, a common misnomer, because it is strictly a bacterial infection. See more about Staph versus MRSA by clicking here.
MRSA disease is known by many different names. Pronounced “Mursa”, this illness is also referred to as Mercer, Mersa, or as Merca.
Antibiotics have been used only since the 1940′s to stop the growth of bacteria. Unfortunately, the more antibiotics are used, and abused, the quicker bacteria learn to overcome the antibiotic and become resistant to it. Each year more types of bacteria adapt and become resistant to antibiotics.
With MRSA being so resistant to many of the best antibiotics, it makes treatment of skin infections and invasive internal infections much more problematic, resulting in many yearly deaths. In fact, statistics show that more people die each year from this infection than the AIDS virus. This nasty bacteria is also responsible for the “flesh-eating” disease you’ve likely heard of.
MRSA is constantly becoming more resistant to more antibiotics. The CDC has said it’s only a matter of time before antibiotics can no longer be relied upon. This challenging-to-treat illness is much more resistant to the following antibiotics:
- Methicillin, Oxacillin, Penicillin, and Amoxicillin – these are all in the penicillin antibiotic family
- Cephalosporins - these antibiotics are an another class of Penicillin-like antibiotics
- Vancomycin – some strains of the bacteria (called VISA and VRSA) are now becoming resistant to Vancomycin, one of the best last resort antibiotics. Vancomycin has traditionally been used for serious and life-threatening infections that are not responsive to more common antibiotics.
How do you know if you are infected?
To conclusively know if you have a MRSA infection, you’ll need to have a doctor perform a culture test to identify your infection-causing bacteria. If you have a Staph infection, it doesn’t mean you have MRSA. Both infections can be dangerous and are often treated in similar ways. If you currently have an infection, it’s important to know how to work with it properly to prevent re-infection and prevent it spreading to others.
A Growing Health Concern
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in the year 2005, MRSA was responsible for an estimated 94,000 life-threatening infections and close to 19,000 deaths (more than AIDS).
- In the US in 2003, there were an estimated 12 million doctor or emergency room visits for skin and soft tissue infections suspected to be caused by staph aureus.
- Hospitals in England have seen a 548% increase in MRSA related deaths from 2003 to 2004!
- Click here for more facts about these illnesses.
Healthcare Associated MRSA
Often called Hospital Acquired MRSA, HA-MRSA is usually picked up from a hospital stay. Until recently, most cases were contracted in hospital or healthcare environments, like nursing homes and dialysis centers. Hospital patients with open wounds, invasive devices like catheters or IV’s, and weakened immune systems are at greater risk than the general public. HA-MRSA is still a big problem for those undergoing hospitalization.
- Approximately 20% of bloodstream infections in hospitals are now caused by the Staph aureus bacteria.
- In 2003, 64.4% of hospital onset bacterial infections in intensive care units were MRSA infections.
- Types of post-operative hospital infections have changed over the years from typically wound infections in the 1960′s to urinary tract infections in the 1970′s and 1980′s.
- Currently 43% of post-operative hospital infections are now pneumonia! This drastically increases a patients chance for death.
Unfortunately, hospital staff who fail to follow proper sanitary procedures inadvertently transfer bacteria from patient to patient. Some hospitals screen for MRSA and isolate such patients, but most US hospitals do not yet do this. If you are visiting a hospital soon, or are going to be an inpatient in a hospital, be sure to learn how to protect yourself and your family.
Community Associated MRSA
Until recently, hospitals were the most likely area you would get MRSA. The biggest health risk right now is CA-MRSA. These types of infections can occur in otherwise healthy people who have not been hospitalized within the last year. CA-MRSA also applies to people who acquire the disease who have not had any medical procedure done within the last year in a health-care facility such as dialysis, surgery, or catheters.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (AMA), community MRSA has become the most frequent cause of skin and soft tissue infections presenting to emergency departments in the United States. These community-associated infections are usually skin infections, such as abscesses, boils, and other pus-filled lesions.
How to Win the Infection Battle
MRSA and Staph are serious and potentially life-threatening infections. Antibiotics and conventional medicine often fail against these superbugs. Fortunately, there are powerful natural and alternative remedies for handling these infections.
The MRSA Secrets Revealed Program contains Michelle’s 3-Step Infection-Free Method™, a complete how-to guide to naturally stop these infections. It includes the strongest remedies for skin, internal, nose and other types of infection. The program also includes ways you can protect yourself and your family in hospitals and in the community.