Dealing With Antibiotic-Resistant Skin Infections

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  • MRSA, PRSA and similar antibiotic-resistant skin infections are serious conditions. They may not have responded to pharmaceutical medications because the staph bacteria have Multi-Drug-Resistance (MDR) pumps which allow them to sample medication and to adapt to it. Herbs work through multiple pathways and are less easily to adapt to. In addition, recent research indicates that a variety of herbs slip in under the radar of the bacteria and inactivate the MDR pumps, preventing resistance. This may be sufficient on its own or it may potentiate antibiotic treatment from your MD.
  • It is more important to get rid of the condition than to be a purist in either botanical or pharmaceutical treatment. I advise using a variety of treatments, especially since bacteria are known to adapt.
  • Skin infections are usually an exterior manifestation of an internal condition. In the case of MRSA and related infections, your body was unable to fight off a very strong pathogen. You need to treat it both topically and internally.
  • You need to frequently take the internal and external herbal treatment, at least four times a day and more frequently if you have signs of fever.
  • The tincture I design for you has anti-microbial herbs known to fight MRSA as well as others to support your immune system. You can also take a clove of garlic minced finely twice a day (coat in honey and chase with water or juice.) Topically, tea tree essential oil or Manuka honey with a UMF rating over 12 have been shown effective. You can use the tea tree between the four tincture applications and may coat with honey after each treatment has dried. Cover with a large square bandage.
  • Lesions may be contagious to both yourself and to others. Wash your hands frequently, cover any lesions and make sure you wash clothing and bedding well in hot water.
  • Get 8-9 hours of sleep, eat low sugar, high nutrition foods and exercise daily. Anything that helps your immune system will help your skin.
  • Take fish oil, sufficient to get 1000 mg DHA which is several capsules. This reduces inflammation which makes tissue vulnerable to bacterial attack.
  • We are nearly all deficient in Magnesium and Vitamin D. You can take up to 10,000 iu per day of Vitamin D3 without a blood test, unless you have scleroderma, lymphoma or abnormal calcium metabolism. Skin contains enzymes that convert light to Vitamin D, and sunscreen prevents it’s being made. It may play a role in fighting the infection. Also take 800 mg magnesium which is involved in enzymatic pathways, and trace minerals for general immunity since both are seriously depleted in the food supply.

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