MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is what is referred to as a superbug. It may actually be a sign of things to come in terms of our approach to treating infections because researchers and doctors have found that antibiotics are becoming less and less effective at treating a number of different disease causing bacteria. This is probably occurring because of the over prescription of these drugs and the tendency of people to take only a partial course of a prescribed medication instead of finishing the entire bottle even though they may feel better days before they are out of pills. These behaviors on the part of both doctors and patients have given nature an opportunity to figure out ways around our pharmaceutical roadblocks and to engineer bacteria which can outmaneuver antibiotics which previously worked just fine.
We may have to eventually come up with a whole new plan of attack for combating the bacteria that causes the most commonly encountered pathogens in human society, but what we can say for sure today is that there is a particular type of “Staph infection” that is dangerously unresponsive to our pharmaceutical toolkit. MRSA probably developed its superbug qualities in the microbial war zones we call the modern hospital. Since medical professionals noticed this strain of staph in the most high risk environments 10 years ago, MRSA has started to pop up in gyms and even day cares. Getting a handle on this issue has become a priority for everyone in the medical and caretaking professions so that it does not become a fact of life in all places where people congregate.
So what do we do when we are dealing with an infected wound and our man-made efforts to eradicate the bacterial invaders are not up to snuff? Luckily, nature has been dealing with these pesky bugs for much longer than we have and has provided us with a solution that is effective and safe. Manuka honey for MRSA is recognized by even the most skeptical of western medical practitioners. There are indications that something in Manuka honey may inhibit the structure of the bacteria’s cell formation as well as removing excess moisture from the area where an infection is occurring. Studies available from the US National Library of Medicine report that there are “additional antibacterial components” to the mechanisms which have previously been observed by medical science.
How to use Manuka honey for MRSA
Choose a brand of Manuka honey that is certified as medical grade and carries the UMF activity certification. Manuka can be applied directly to a wound and bandaged like any other ointment or salve. It may help to apply an extra layer of bandaging over the honey in order to contain it so it doesn’t get sticky around the first layer as contact with your warm skin will make it less viscose.
You might also prefer the convenience of using a product which comes with the active honey already applied to a ready-to-use and sterile bandage, such as these Manuka honey bandages.