Bacteria are smart, antibiotics are dumb
10 years ago, when I worked for a dental drug company, antibiotic resistance was a big concern. The products we made contained Doxycycline and other antibiotics, and if the bacteria became resistant to those antibiotics, our products wouldn’t work anymore.
A potent reminder about immune boosting foods
I do my best to practice what I preach. But about a month ago, I “fell off the diet wagon” with one of the top 5 diet changes I always urge people with a Staph infection or MRSA to make. Luckily, my diet is back to normal now, and I re-learned a valuable lesson along the way.
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.
Kylee, and her first baby
I heard from a new mother from Wisconsin named Kylee who shared her MRSA experience with me.
Her story begins with the birth of her first baby. She went to the hospital for delivery, in what should have been a joyous event. Instead, while at the hospital, she caught MRSA through her IV line. Kylee was sent to the emergency room a week later and very nearly died.
How easily is MRSA transmissible and how do most people catch it?
Is MRSA Contagious? There are plenty of scientific studies showing how contagious MRSA can be. MRSA can be spread through the air and the bacteria can live on surfaces for weeks or even longer. One of the best ways to gauge how is MRSA spreadable comes from real people’s stories about how they caught these infections.
MRSA, miracle drugs and mighty mutations
When they were first discovered and used for treating infections in the 1940’s, antibiotic drugs were hailed as “miracle drugs”. And they were! They saved countless lives, and thank goodness we had them. Because antibiotics worked so well, doctors began prescribing them heavily instead of the natural treatment methods that were more common at the time.
Within the first couple years, bacteria mutated and began to learn how to resist these drugs. They started “fighting back” and became immune to the very drugs created to kill them. Thus the problem of antibiotic resistance was borne.
MRSA infections rising in children (©iStockPhoto.com/izusek)
If you’ve been following the news lately, you’ve probably noticed more articles about Staph and MRSA infections in children. The number of children diagnosed with MRSA infection has increased substantially over the past few years.
As community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) continues to rise, it has become a major threat to children, mostly elementary school-aged, in crowded community settings. MRSA infections are commonly found on the neck and head of children and can spread to other parts of the body as well.