Friday, April 02, 2010
MRSA -- you don't want this
Around Chandler AZ here, people tend to pick up the antibiotic-resistant staph called MRSA for short. This stubborn thing used to run through nursing homes or come from infected IVs or catheters, now it’s out in the community.
It is probably on your skin right now—will enough of it organize to cause you a problem? Who knows.
My otherwise healthy 28-year-old got a little pimple on her leg. Now it’s saucer-sized and filled with crumpled up gauze packing. They had to cut it open with a scalpel.
Antibiotics are great things. My grandfather would probably not died at 60 of pneumonia if they had had them. But they are not a cure all.
The bugs could be winning. MRSA can lead to organ shutdown, even death if it races all through the body.
Someone told me medical-grade honey called Manuka is effective. I am looking at studies.
So far, clindamycin has failed. We are back to an oldie—tetracycline. Others they may try: daptomycin, doxycycline, linezolid, monocycline, bactrim, and vancomycin. A new one called telavancin (Vibativ) has also come to my attention. Am checking into it.
Prevent, prevent, people. Don’t share athletic equipment, towels, or razors with people. Wash hands often. Avoid whirlpools and hot tubs.
You know what else bugs me—all these people you read about saying oh, they are a vegetarian, they exercise constantly, they are fit, they are this and that, so they don’t want to pay for someone else’s bad “lifestyle choices.”
Germs and bacteria are still among us—and this could happen to anyone! My daughter’s bad lifestyle choice was walking around being alive.