Posted by Lindsey (Okc, Oklahoma, U.s. ) on 07/25/2013
[YEA] Turmeric for MRSA boils
I cannot believe turmeric has actually worked, above antibiotics and prescription mupirocin cream, better than heat and epsom salts. After being on Bactrim and mupirocin for three days, I saw no results. I have boils under my arm (maybe 6, some are small, some are golf ball sized), one on my shoulder, and one on my sternum. I had one on my right breast a couple months ago, which was misdiagnosed as a brown recluse bite, lanced, drained, and packed by a surgeon. OUCH!
When I started getting the recent outbreak, I thought they were cysts. However, once the one on my shoulder showed up, I figured it was something else, as that one looked just like my "spider bite. " I went to the dermatologist who diagnosed it as a staph boils, and told me they were likely MRSA. My daughter had MRSA on her finger seven months ago, so I may have been carrying it since. He prescribed me Bactrim and mupirocin to put on my boils and in my nose. I tried heat, epsom salt baths, and drawing salve in addition to the antibiotics. There was no change.
In desperation yesterday, I started trying turmeric mixed with other things I heard would help. I combined turmeric (2 tsp), local raw honey (1/2 T), black pepper (1/4 tsp), aloe vera gel (didn't measure, maybe 2 tsp), and baking soda (just shook enough in to make a paste). I applied the mupirocin first, then slathered the turmeric paste on gauze and taped it to my boils. I also started taking turmeric shots. I put 1/2 T olive oil, 1 tsp turmeric, and 1/4 tsp black pepper in a shot glass, mix it up, and shoot it. I then chase it with hot water sweetened with honey. It's not delicious, but it's totally worth it.
Within hours of trying this, the excrutiating pain in my shoulder that had inhibited my movement and reduced me to tears all day long had receded substantially. I was able to move my arm without severe pain! This boil also had begun oozing. It was already open, but nothing was coming out until I put the turmeric on it. The one on my sternum (the oldest one, 2 weeks old or so, closed, and about the size of halfdollar), hadn't really changed in size, but it didn't hurt, and the biggest one under my arm started draining. I am amazed.
I changed my turmeric bandages about three times yesterday. I took three turmeric shots. It is now the morning, and the one on my sternum has significantly reduced in size. I haven't checked the others yet, but my pain has gone from an 8 to a 3 or 4, which is completely manageable. For the first time in over a week, I didn't wake up in excrutiating pain multiple times throughout the night. Turmeric is a miracle. If you're like me, you're in pain right now, reading all sorts of stuff on the Internet, looking for relief. Maybe you're hesitant to try turmeric because you think it will taste gross, and you don't want to risk staining your skin for something that may not work. I am kicking myself that I didn't try this sooner. I could have felt relief a week ago. I suffered needlessly for too long. What do you have to lose? Try turmeric!