Biofilms are protective layers that bacteria create to shield themselves from your immune system and to evade antibiotics. Biofilm colonies help bacteria to hide inside your body and can cause recurring Staph or MRSA infections. These protective colonies also allow bacteria to communicate with each other to become more resistant to antibiotics. Biofilms are a common problem plaguing catheters, pic lines and implanted medical devices that cause infections.
If you wear dentures, cleaning them properly could help you prevent an infection from Staph or MRSA in the mouth, or even pneumonia. A few weeks ago, a new study showed that you can kill MRSA and Staph biofilms living on your dentures in three minutes using a common household appliance.
One of the cruelest things about MRSA is it leaves your body more vulnerable to other types of infections later. These so-called secondary infections can be bacterial like C. difficile (or “C. diff”). But yeast, candida and fungal infections are also common after struggling with Staph or MRSA.
Yeast and fungal infections can be mild to severe and may appear as: toe nail fungus, thrush in the mouth, some skin infections, vaginitis and systemic or internal infections.
Manuka honey and MRSA Staph biofilms
Honey has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for many ailments. Manuka honey is such a great remedy because it’s safe, inexpensive and easy to use. It also has a wide range of different uses with virtually no side effects. And now scientific research is revealing how Manuka honey can help control recurring Staph & MRSA infections related to biofilms.
“Biofilms” linked to recurring infections
The intelligence and ingenuity of bacteria never cease to amaze me. Bacteria are especially good at hiding in your body and evading the treatments used to kill them. That’s why Staph and MRSA superbug infections can be so hard to treat. It’s also a key reason why Staph and MRSA infections can recur over and over.
Nose Staph infections
Staph and MRSA bacteria like warm, moist environments and commonly live in the nose
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.
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.