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September 28, 2014

MRSA in Autistic Patients: Calm Down, it's Treatable

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The autism support group was packed. "My autistic son has MRSA," said a woman between hysterical sobs, as if he had just received a death sentence. Calm down. MRSA is just a normal staph infection gone wild, rebelling against it's foes. Flipping the bird at standard antibiotics. But, MRSA has it's weakness. It's treatable. Don't panic. Most people die of MRSA because they were given the WRONG antibiotics, thus developing an antibiotic resistance. Notice GETTING the wrong antibiotic comes before they developed a resistance......

Decolonization of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

MRSA kills more people each year than AIDS.  Children, elderly, sick and disabled who are non-verbal, are particularly vulnerable to MRSA infections. They can’t speak for themselves. They can’t tell you how sick they feel. They rely on caretakers to quickly identify staph infections. And seek prompt and effective medical treatment. 

Children have greater risk of MRSA infection in summer, while seniors have a greater risk in winter, according to a study published in American Journal of Epidemiology. My guess is children are more active in summer, attend camps, play more sports, thus getting more cuts that provide an open portal to Staphylococcus aureus, while many seniors are cooped up in nursing homes, aren’t being bathed and exposed to other immune compromised patients in winter.

Up to 20% of the US population is colonized with Staphylococcus aureus in anterior nares, with transient skin and nasal colonization rates as high as 60%. Staph aureus is a pathogenic opportunistic bacteria. In essence, it can be on your skin, but not until you get a burn, abrasion or cut, does it dive into the opening and spread its misery. If your doctor says you have a staph infection it is critical you:

·         *Ask doctor to perform a wound culture. As per culture results, demand appropriate antibiotic that is “susceptible” to the specific strain of Staphylococcus bacteria involved. 
       Getting the appropriate anti-biotic that targets specific strain of staph is the first line of defense in eradicating MRSA.

·         A wound culture can take up to 3 days. Few hospitals or healthcare providers have rapid detection MRSA tests. Troubling, considering an immune compromised or otherwise very ill person could die within few wait-for-wound-culture days, if they don’t get correct antibiotic.

·         *Ask doctor for prescription of MUPIROCIN. Normally, it’s applied to both nares twice a day x 5 days. (Studies show Mupirocin is more effective than Bacitracin in nasal decolonization of MRSA). 

·         *Ask doctor to prescribe CHLORHEXIDINE Gluconate mouthwash.

·         *Ask doctor to prescribe Hibiclens (CHLORHEXIDINE) for 5 days to do a full body wash (avoid eyes). You can find Hibiclens at your local pharmacy and at Walgreens, Wal Mart and Target.

·         If you are hospitalized with MRSA, or get MRSA while in the hospital (HA-MRSA) demand strict infection control protocol in place.

·        A study in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control showed 21% of hospital nurses and 57% of surgical nurses are MRSA carriers. 

      A University of Michigan study showed 73% of nurses who wear artificial nails place patients at higher risk of MRSA via harmful bacteria on their nails. 

Deadly bacteria colonizes under artificial nails. 

Worse, artificial nails can tear apart latex gloves, spreading multi-drug resistant bacteria and blood to multiple patients. 

Doctor and nurse uniforms also transfer bacteria. (We had a nurse once that would work at a nursing home with very sick people, then go home and sleep, get up, and wear the same contaminated scrubs he wore to that job, to come work with our autistic son. 

Not good. No sense of infection control. No microbial thinking going on.  

We have preventative measures in place at home because our autistic son attends an Autism Day Program. 

These types of programs are a hot bed of bacteria transmission. 

To prevent opportunistic bacteria, we give our autistic son two baths a day, and change his clothes frequently. We also use essential oils on his skin as a natural barrier to bacteria. 

·         Studies of MRSA decolonization show its role in reducing MRSA colonization and preventing reoccurring infections. 

Successful colonization is achieved if results are negative for MRSA in 3 consecutive follow-up culture tests.

FYI: MANY people think ONCE U have MRSA U will always get MRSA again during a staph infection. NOT TRUE. You can have MRSA in one wound and months later have another staph infection that is MSSA (methicillin-suspectible) not MRSA (methicillin-resistant). 

Restoring your body's immune system defense, implementation of infection control and ensuring doctor's prescribe you the RIGHT antibiotics from the get go,  are all critical to preventing re-occurring MRSA infections. 

                              NATURAL TREATMENTS TO ERADICATE MRSA

·         MANUKA HONEY: A study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy found that Manuka Honey contains anti-bacterial components. Researchers at the University of Wales College of Medicine found Manuka Honey destroyed MRSA inside leg ulcers.

·         EUCALYPTUS and TEA TREE OIL: According to a study in Reuter’s Health, a pair of surgeons turned researchers found that, applied to the skin of infected wounds, eucalyptus and tea tree oil can kill MRSA when conventional antibiotics fail, which means these essential oils can kill MRSA when antibiotics don’t fail, too, since antibiotic failure doesn’t alter therapeutic value of essential oils.

·         GARLIC: It can be used externally and internally to eradicate MRSA. A report in Nursing Times illuminated a study done at University of London, which showed garlic kills MRSA. It’s cheap and effective. Don’t count on the medical community to prescribe garlic anytime soon. The makers of bacitracin and mupirocin don’t appreciate competition from an herb you can find at your local farmer’s market or grocery store.

·         GOLDENSEAL: (H. canadensis). A study in Plana Medica shows the herb, Goldenseal is effective against MRSA.

·         NONPSYCHOACTIVE CANNABIOL: Aka, the medical cannabis that doesn’t get you “high”. According to a 2008, Science Daily report, substances in marijuana show potent germ killing activity against drug-resistant staphylococcus strains. 

       LAVENDER: Lavender oils inhibit growth of MSSA and MRSA, reported researchers in the Journal of Complementary Medicine

      LEMONGRASS for air disinfection: A study in Letter in Applied Microbiology found lemongrass disinfected the air by killing MRSA. If my autistic son was in hospital we would cover him with essential oils and diffuse the air around him. Don't count on air disinfection in hospitals. 

      MRSA is not the end of the world. There are effective antibiotics and natural treatments that can eradicate MRSA. Don't give up. 

Always consult your physician if you think you have a staph infection!


hitssquad said...

Berberine is also antibacterial, and specifically against MRSA:

Kveta Pumera said...

Hello, I am studying about autism and other disorders. Happened to hear a very interesting talk from one mother about heavy metal poisoning (mostly mercury) causing severe autism (in some cases) - just want to share with you, just in case this was something that could help if you investigated. But maybe you already did, since you are doing so so very very much.
You are an amazing mother.
Wishing all the possible best for you and your son.

Kveta Pumera said...

I heard an interesting talk about heavy metal poisoning causing some cases of severe autism - from a mother who had her own experience.
Just wanted to share with you, if you have not investigated this yet and if it was of any help for you in any way.
But most probably you did already.
My best regards to you and best wishes with everything you are doing for your son.

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