Treatments
Treatments (conventional and natural)

This page is for discussion purposes only and should not be interpreted as
recommendation.  Any decisions you make regarding your health or treating MRSA
should be discussed with a medical professional.  There is no cure and nothing that
can eradicate this bacteria from our lives.  Any doctor or product that promises that
they can do this for you is dishonest or uninformed.

Antibiotics:

Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical and intra-nasal antibiotic ointment. Here is a partial
list of oral antibiotics used for MRSA (alone or in combination):
Clindamycin,
Doxycycline, Fucidin, Biaxin, Zyvox, Septra, Bactrim, Rifampin, Linezolid
and
Vancomycin.  The correct length of time varies but most people will need to be on
antibiotics for months which increases the risks of side effects.  MRSA and all other
superbugs have shown resistance or the ability to develop resistance to all of these.  
Resistance means the antibiotic will not work or will only work short term.  This is why
some people have recurrent infections and why some die from MRSA infections.  
Ideally, no antibiotic should be administered without first performing a culture to
determine which antibiotic is less likely to make the MRSA mutate and become
stronger (this is called a  D-zone test).  There are very serious risks associated with
each antibiotic including developing another superbug called C-Diff (particularly
when taking
Clindamycin).  Vancomycin is considered the "big gun" of antibiotics.  It
is usually administered intravenously with some patients being induced into a coma
due the severity of the side effects.  One study shows that
Zyvox may be
outperforming
Vancomycin.   Many people experience long term side effects from
antibiotics even long after they are finished taking them. Oral antibiotics are almost
always necessary whenever serious symptoms are present.  Although they may not
be a perfect cure, antibiotics can be life saving or may get your infection to retreat.  
However, due to the associated health risks and antibiotics being the
reason for resistance in the first place, thoughtful consideration should be
given to alternative treatments whenever possible.  Very often, natural
treatments can help when traditional methods are failing.  
A quick search on
the Internet will bring up MANY stories of recurrent or fatal infections, even during
and after antibiotic use.  Unless you have serious symptoms, you should always
question the use of antibiotics.  If you must take them, you should still consider using
natural treatments along side antibiotics and well after you've finished them.  Most
doctors, even very good ones, do not have experience with natural treatments.  
Please read this 2 page article:  
Solution to Superbug Found in Norway

SPECIAL NOTE:  Do not apply heat to a boil (it can make it worse).
Surgical intervention:

Incision and drainage (I&D) is sometimes used for boils.  Debridement is the removal
of dead or diseased tissue.
 Amputation is saved for seriously septic patients.  
Shunt placement is used to relieve pressure like in the
case of meningitis or cellulitis.

Cleansers:

Cleansers used on the body include bleach (diluted into bath water periodically)
and/or
Hibiclens.  Bleach baths are an old country doctor remedy that dates back at
least 50 years.  Antibiotic cleansers, like ones with
Triclosan, should never be used...
not even for washing your hands.  You may be directed or compelled to do extra
house cleaning as well like using more bleach, changing towells more often or using
paper towells instead of hand towells.  Cleaning methods have been associated with
reducing the frequency of infections but rarely eliminating them.  For example, with
CA-MRSA, you may be able to reduce the frequency of outbreaks to every 3 months
instead of every month.  However, the majority of bacteria on your skin are friendly,
not pathogenic like MRSA.  When you kill the bad stuff, you also kill the good stuff.
Alternative Treatments:

There are plenty of natural products and herbs that may work topically to fight MRSA.
The problem is that MRSA is an internal problem as well.  Here are some ideas worth
looking into.  We will add information as it becomes available.

Allicin/Garlic:  Garlic is the most potent member of the allium family of plants.  It is
anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic.  MRSA and other superbugs
have not shown resistance to it.  Garlic must be fresh, raw and crushed to activate
the main antibacterial compound called allicin.  Allicin has a very short and unstable
life.  Another problem is that large amounts of garlic/allicin is needed to fight off
serious infections.  Digestibility, taste and odor become an issue when using raw
garlic.  However, people who use raw garlic daily report that it is helpful.  Cooking or
storing garlic ruins it's anti-microbial activity. The first ever stable form of allicin was
developed by scientists in England and is the most promising garlic supplement.  It
has been clinically tested at the University of London.  It is well tolerated in both
adults and children and leaves no odor.  More information is available on our "Links"
page.  The pros and cons a
re given in two categories:
RAW GARLIC:
PROS:  tastes good, lots of rich history and research, safe  
CONS: odor, taste, difficult to consume regularly in large amounts.
STABLE ALLICIN:
PROS:  easier to take large amounts, lots of research, safe
CONS:  expensive.

Turmeric:  Helps significantly when used internally in high doses but dehydration and
constipation are a concern.  MRSA has not shown resistance to turmeric.  Can also
be used topically.  

PROS:  helpful and cheap.  
CONS:  difficult to ingest in large quantities and can cause dehydration.

Diet:  Some people believe diet changes alone will reverse the symptoms of MRSA.  
Examples include traditional foods, elimination/rotation diets, SCD, or diets that focus
on correcting the body's pH to become less acidic and more alkaline.  These are all
very good ideas for someone with MRSA since their immune system is either
malfunctioning or overloaded (our immune system begins in our guts!).  Diet changes
may also be the key to long-term health and avoidance of problems like MRSA,
cancer, etc.  However, using this as the
only method of treatment is risky.  MRSA
moves very fast and diet changes can take several months (or longer) to take effect.  
Some MRSA infections can take a life in a few days time so you can see the problem.
Also, eating a perfectly healthy diet is a wonderful goal but not always easy to do in
our busy world.  We should also note that many (supposedly) healthy young adults
with no known immune problems are contracting and even dying from MRSA.  
Changing your diet could be the most important piece of your recovery puzzle.  
Please see the following pages for more information:  "MRSA Diet", "Prevention",
and "Links".  

PROS:  works well long-term for general health and healing.  
CONS:  time spent cooking and preparing food, changing habits
is challenging
.

pH drops:  There are several companies who sell a water-based product that
promises to change your body's pH from acid to alkaline. Changing your diet can
achieve this as well and is preferred (for recipes and info, read
The PH Miracle or
visit their website on our "Links" page).  Although many companies offer pH
drops/water (www.phmiracleliving.com, www.vitamark.com), the company who sells
pHenomenal markets it specifically to people with MRSA.  It may be helpful to jump
start your recovery while you relearn how to cook and eat, but Dr. Mercola warns
against using pH water long term.  

PROS: may speed up recovery, affordable.  
CONS:  no research or safety data.

Vitamark:  This is a company with products that have been reported to help several
people and does seem quite promising.  Specifically:
LimuPlus (liquid) and VitaOne
(capsules) although they offer a pH water product as well.  This is an internal
therapy, no topicals, and focuses on detoxing.  We did our own independent test of
the products and the preliminary report can be seen on our "Your MRSA Story"
webpage.  

PROS: somewhat helpful & affordable.  
CONS:  may contain allergens, Multi-level Marketing company

Colloidal Silver or Silver Hydrosol: Reported to have antibacterial activity but could
present risk if not used properly (internally) or if not a high quality product
(skip the
homemade versions)
.  A gentle preventative for inside the nose.  
PROS:  gentle for children or sensitive areas, affordable, great immune support.  
CONS:  may not be strong enough for more serious infections.

Vitamin C:  Reported to help when taken orally in high doses (2000mg/day acerola
until well then 1000mg/day - reduce if diarrhea occurs).  

PROS:  cheap.  
CONS:  need to find the right type to obtain proper absorption, may not be strong
enough for serious infections.

Wild Oregano Oil:  aka Wild Marjoram (different from the stuff in your spice rack).  
Reported to work very well topically but can be painful.  

PROS:  a great topical.  
CONS:  very potent - use with extreme caution, may not be strong enough for serious
infections.

Light Therapy:  Special LED light therapy (red, near infrared, & blue) has been
reported to help topically.  May be helpful to jump
start recovery from serious skin
infections.  

PROS:  helpful topically.  CONS:  expensive, doesn't help internally.

Probiotics:  This may be recommended if you are taking or have ever taken
antibiotics.  Some professionals recommend waiting until all signs of infection have
subsided before introducing probiotics.  Skip the yogurt and opt for a high quality
professional formula (pill / powder) or research kefir (usually dairy-based
but water
kefir is another option
).  
PROS:  good for your general health.  
CONS:  may not be strong enough for serious infections.

Raw Manuka Honey:  Messy but reported to work topically on open wounds.  Due to
the fact that MRSA loves acidic conditions within our bodies (sugar breeds acidity),
consider topical use only.  

PROS:  tastes great, helpful on open wounds.  
CONS:  messy, fungus and bacteria like sugar.

Tea Tree Oil:  Reported to help topically but probably best used as a preventative on
minor cuts & scrapes.  C
an cause allergic/immune issues so it should be used in very
small quantities with caution
.  
PROS:  somewhat helpful.  CONS:  topical only.

Cats Claw:  Reported to help.

Prayer:  We have heard several stories of intense prayer that cured a person from
MRSA.  We do believe the power of prayer is limitless.  
Also consider that God has
provided everything we need to nourish and heal our bodies right here on H
is
beautiful planet.  A good book to consider is None of These Diseases, a bible-based
book.  I
doubt that those who have died from MRSA (including babies and children)
did not die because of lack of prayer or lack of belief.  Pray, pray, pray and ask
others to pray but also take personal responsibility for your daily activities and
health.  Do research and ask questions.
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