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.
Last week a man emailed me about how to kill bacteria in his home. Someone visited him who once had MRSA and he wanted to do everything he could to protect himself from becoming infected. He asked lots of questions about cleaning and MRSA disinfecting of suspect surfaces and objects in his home and how to get rid of any bacteria he might contact.
Handle raw meat with proper care. Photo Credit: CDC James Gathany
Last week ScienceDaily.com reported that 47% of supermarket meat samples of beef, chicken, turkey and pork were contaminated with Staph aureus, and of half of those Staph aureus strains were antibiotic resistant Staph bacteria.
DNA testing of the Staph suggests the majority of the Staph contamination originates from the animals and not people. This was the first ever national meat supply assessment looking for Staph aureus, the bacteria responsible for MRSA, and it was published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Disease.
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.
Are common antibacterial soaps worth the risk? (Photo credit: CDC/Dawn Arlotta, Cade Martin)
For years I’ve been a strong supporter of natural soaps, sanitizers and other products that don’t contain antibacterial agents. Now the U.S. FDA and EPA are finally coming to the same conclusion.
The FDA announced recently that it will be looking into the safety concerns of Triclosan, an antibacterial agent commonly found in soaps, sanitizers, toys, clothing, home products and even toothpastes.