While many people dealing with boils may search for a homeopathic MRSA treatment, there are many highly effective natural and home remedies to try. Don't hesitate to seek a doctor's advice and medical care, however, if your MRSA symptoms include a high fever or red streaks on the skin near the sight of the infection. These are indications that your body's overwhelmed with the infection and you need conventional medical treatment immediately. Don't take a chance; if the infection is serious, seek medical help.
MRSA, or Methicillan Resistant Stapholoccocus Aureus, is the name of a strain of bacteria that's resistant to antibiotics. It's been in the news a lot, but it's not something to panic over. Fully one third of the population is infected with this bacteria, yet doesn't know it. If your immune system is functioning normally, it keeps it in check, along with many other harmful bacteria, each and every day. MRSA causes trouble, however, when it enters the skin through a cut or nick and causes an infection. The infection may be localized and appear as an oozing sore or an infected, red and painful cut. If you've just nicked the skin's surface a tiny bit, the infection may appear as a boil, or an infected hair follicle.
Normally, antibiotics work well against bacterial infections. The problem with MRSA is that over time, it's developed so that it's resistant to antibiotics. The result can be a very serious infection.
Homeopathic MRSA Treatment
According to ABC Homeopathy, choosing the right homeopathic remedy for MRSA depends upon the specific constellation of symptoms that appear in the patient. They have a handy remedy finder on the site. By checking off specific symptoms, you can determine which remedy may work the best.
Homeopathic remedies work according to the law of similarities, or taking a tiny amount of a substance related to the symptoms that occur. Homeopathic remedies are generally considered very safe with few if any side effects.
Suggested homeopathic MRSA treatment methods include:
- Aconitum - also called homeopathic "vitamin C" because it beats infection
- Belladonna (homeopathic dose) - used especially when the skin is flushed bright red.
- Pulsatilla - more commonly given to woman and children with infections.
You may want to consult with a homeopathic doctor or natural health practitioner for suggestions and dosage requirements.
Other Natural Remedies
MRSA responds well to olive leaf extract according to Regenerative Nutrition. Dr. Amy Neuzil, ND, a naturopathic doctor, suggests washing the area with a dilution of hydrogen peroxide, then using a bentonite-clay poultice to draw any infected material out of the wound or boil.
Simple home remedies for boils, such as tea tree oil, lavender oil, and ichthammol ointment can also clear up infections. MRSA frequently manifests as boils, so the use of a hot compress, combined with topical antibacterial herbal or essential oils and drawing ointments such as black drawing salve or bentonite clay makes sense.
Preventing MRSA Infections
Wash hands frequently, and never share personal items such as razors, towels or soap. Shower and dry yourself thoroughly after working up a sweat since bacteria thrive in moist conditions. Clean cuts carefully and keep them covered to prevent infection.
When to Seek Medical Attention
If cuts, boils or infections don't clear up or grow hot, red, inflamed and painful, or are accompanied by a fever, seek treatment from your physician or at an emergency room. Infections can be life threatening, particularly the MRSA bug. While a homeopathic MRSA treatment is possible, if the infection has progressed to a fever, it's time for a conventional emergency room visit.