Posted by Aster (Vancouver Island, Canada ) on 07/07/2008
[YEA] Staph infection-- tumeric, poultice (sea salt, baking soda, and oatmeal), crush raw garlic
About a year ago, I contracted community acquired MRSA while working in the health-care field. My doctor said I was colonized and there wasn't much to do to treat it-- except to manage the symptoms with antibiotics. I went the antibiotic route at first, but over all, they are not effective, and I also feel that they should be reserved only for emergencies.
I have had half a dozen outbreaks since then. A number healed on their own, but some did not, and required lancing and antibiotics.
This recent outbreak, I am determined to not resort to conventional medicine unless the infection persists and causes systemic infection.
I decided to try the turmeric capsules suggested on this site after two days of unsuccessfully treating the growing infection with antibiotic ointment (fusidic acid). I took two 300 mg capsules and within two hours, the infection hurt much less, and the burning was gone. Turmeric definitely has anti-inflammatory properties.
I have been taking the capsules for two days now. The infection is not spreading anymore, and it has not formed a head. It is smaller.
I also made a poultice of equal parts sea salt/baking soda/ oatmeal and let it dry on the infection. I have been doing this three a day. Using this treatment has a dramatic effect: the lesion becomes smaller after every application.
Tonight, I thought I'd see if crushed garlic helped. I applied a clove (after crushing and waiting ten minutes) directly to the infection for five minutes. Warning: this burns quite a bit. However, it only burns where the infection is. Test the garlic on the inside of your arm first to make sure you are not sensitive to it, and be aware, crush raw garlic will burn you if left on your skin too long.
Resist the urge to lance or apply pressure to your own boils. This will only make them worse, as I have learned from experience. I also find heat compresses to be a terrible treatment, and they have only ever led to the infection spreading.
I am having excellent results from the turmeric and poultice treatments. Antibiotics never get rid of the boils, anyway. I will update but as for now, the infection is receding.