MRSA Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus.
is a staph germ that has increased in frequency over the last 15 yrs. The
news media loves to scare you about it so they can get viewers. Here is my
take on it.
just in Hospitals it is now in most public areas. The last study found it in
100% of planes, trains, and busses. So it is out there and not just in
locker rooms of sports teams. It is probably on most grocery cart handles
and I have advised cleaning those handles for years. I have been seeing one
case about every 3-4 weeks which is more common than in the past and it is
definitely increasing. Do not be paranoid about it but use precautions.
Bathe children every night and bring them in to the doctor if a pimple
becomes bigger than a dime.
aggressive and causes a large boil nickel to quarter size real quick. Then
it is dark and almost black in appearance. Most parents think it is a spider
bite rather than an infection. It occurs most in the area between the waist
and knees, but can occur anywhere on the body. Usually it likes sweaty areas
with friction to get into the pours and start an abscess. It needs to be
treated early so that it does not become dangerous. Most people that have
died from it waited until it was huge, or were small infants below 6 months,
had immune deficiency, or the elderly.
be treated with two antibiotics so far until they become resistant to them.
The most important and the main treatment is to drain the pus out of the
abscess. That is not the fun part of my job.
treat it with Keflex and Septra for 10 days.
then the parent needs to do the big jog. We need to sterilize the patient
and the house every evening for 4-5 days. If it recurs then treat it 4 days
initially and once a week for 4 weeks.
Person: Pour 1 cup of Bleach into the bath tub that is ½ filled with
water. Bath the child for 10 minutes but not the hair unless you want them
blond. Then rinse off before drying off. Then apply antibiotic ointment
(the best is Bactroban Rx) in the nasal entrance.
House and Car: Then you take some Lysol or 10% bleach that kills all
germs on contact. Then you wet two dishtowels with it and wipe down (not
scrub hard) every surface in the house that is not cloth. Every surface…..
doorknobs, counters, kitchen, chairs, handle of refrigerator, sports
equipment, bicycles, dresser drawers, toys, electronic games, car door
handles, car seats, ……. EVERYTHING!!!
Then change their clothes, and bed linen.
we are trying to do is remove the germ from the close environment.
MRSA is out there and you are not to be paranoid but just cautious. You
should be cleaning the grocery cart handle and high chairs since there are
even worse germs out there. We scrub down every chair and surface in our
clinic before the well checkups come in during the morning and afternoon
Roger Knapp MD
Addendum Spring 09:
late Tom Anderson, the family doctor in this little farm town in
northwestern Indiana, at first was puzzled, then frightened. MRSA (methicillin
resistant Staphylococcus aureus) sometimes arouses terrifying
headlines as a ‘superbug' or 'flesh‑eating bacteria.' The best‑known strain
is found in hospitals, where it has been seen regularly since the 1990s, but
more recently different strains also have been passed among high school and
college athletes. Dr Anderson at first couldn't figure out why he was seeing
patient after patient with MRSA in a small Indiana town. And then he began
to wonder about all the hog farms outside of town. Could the pigs be
incubating and spreading the disease? One of the first clues that pigs could
infect people with MRSA came in the Netherlands in 2004, when a young woman
tested positive for a new strain of MRSA, called ST398. The family lived on
a farm, so public health authorities swept in‑and found that 3 family
members, 3 co‑workers and 8 of 10 pigs tested all carried MRSA. Since then,
that strain of MRSA has spread rapidly through the Netherlands‑ especially
in swine producing areas. A small Dutch study found pig farmers there were
760 times more likely than the general population to carry MRSA (without
necessarily showing symptoms), and Scientific American reports that
this strain of MRSA has turned up in 12% of Dutch retail pork samples. Now
this same strain of MRSA has also been found in the United
States. A new study by Tara Smith, a University of Iowa epidemiologist,
found that 45% of pig farmers she sampled carried MRSA, as did 49% of the
Kristof MD. New York Times. March 12,2009