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Natural Cures for MRSA

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Natural treatments for MRSA include remedies like turmeric, garlic and honey, which help prevent the spread of the infection and further complications.

A progressive infection, MRSA requires directive treatment that involves eliminating infection and supporting healing of the body. Natural treatment options are best for preventing spread of the infection and further complications. Natural supplements are effective treatments to support healing and balance the nutrients in the body at the same time.

What is MRSA?

Otherwise known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureas infection, MRSA is an infection caused by a specific strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to typical antibiotics. A MRSA infection typically begins as a small red pimple-like bump that turns into a deep, painful abscess. After initial infection, the staph bacteria may burrow deep into the body and cause additional, even life-threatening issues. While staph infection can often be avoided with appropriate hygiene, certain risk factors exacerbate the likelihood of developing infection.

Natural Cures for Staph Infection

A particularly worrisome condition, MRSA requires intensive treatment that eliminates the cause of infection as well as disease in the body. Natural treatments including turmeric, garlic and manuka honey treats both the cause of infection as well as the symptoms of the condition. Keeping the affected area clean and dry is also important for treating a staph infection.


A natural spice, turmeric is a powerful health supplement from India. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and antiseptic compound that delivers healing ingredients to the site of a MRSA infection. Taken orally, turmeric relieves pain and eradicates infection. Turmeric has helped hundreds of people heal from MRSA boils as reported on Earth Clinic.


Another herbal remedy, garlic is an effective treatment for MRSA. A natural enzyme, garlic balances pH and serves as an antibiotic component. The natural properties of garlic attack infection cells while maintaining health of other healthy cells.

Manuka Honey

While sticky, manuka honey is an effective treatment for MRSA. Applied to the site of the infection, the honey works to pull infection out of the body. Additionally, raw manuka honey is full of vitamins and minerals and heals the infection site as it removes infection.

MRSA is one of the most concerning staph infections experienced today. Effective treatment, however, safely heals the condition and prevents spread of infection.

Acai Berry

Posted by Joyce (Dallas, Tx, USA) on 12/27/2009

Ted Can You Hear ME? I am desperate, please Help! I caught a Staph Infection on my thigh, took Cipro and 5 months later 2 boils showed up on my labia and in my groin near the perineum. I went to my GYNO who did a pap and came out positive for MSRA in the Vagina. I don't know how I got it, but the boils continue to show up in the outter area especially the labia. I've tried turmeric, colloidal silver, garlic and these did not help. I read on Earthclinic about acai berry. After drinking the acai berry juice the boils disappeared almost immediately the next day and also Milk of Magnesia applied helped them go down, but when I stop drinking acai berry, the boils come back. I have been drinking acai for 3 months just so the boils don't come back. But, how do I permanently cure the MRSA in the vagina? Is there a topical that I can soak in a tampon and insert in vagina to kill it on the inside, such as H202 or Milk of Magnesia or Baking Soda solution or even soaking a tampon in acai berry and inserting it? I need a topical solution to go inside, is this possible without doing any harm to myself? I believe in everything you say about Alkilinity. But what to do for MRSA inside your CANAL?? Please HELP ME, because No Doctors around here can! I know you can HELP, PLEASE!!!

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
385 posts

A milk of magnesia solution, mixed with 10% magnesium chloride powder, or magnesium oil should keep the pH within a good range that it doesn't get irritating. It may be used internally in the uterus area. Another one I used was 1/8 teaspoon per 2 liter bottle of water of potassium permanganate used as a wash for uterus. The normal mixture for potassium permanganate concentration is 1: 10000 concentration. 1/16 teaspoon potassium permanganate per 3 liter of water is the dose I used. Roughly speaking, 100 mg per liter is the standard concentration. In a teaspoon is equal to roughly 5000 mg. So 1/2 is 2500, 1/4 is 1240, 1/8 is 620, 1/16 is 310 mg. So the concentration is more suited for 3 liters here, but I prefer to make it slighly stronger then the 1:10000, but in general it's close enough. Most people I assume don't have a cheap digital weighing, so a standard teaspoon measure should be enough. The mixture after mixing can be used as an internal wash in uterus area. It is in general non irritating when the potassium permanganate is properly diluted here and may be used as frequently as required. As for the milk of magnesia this can be used too as a wash, but is in general drying, and hence some magnesium oil or magnesium chloride is added until the pH paper is a bit on the neutral side so it won't be too iriitating. There are other antiseptic solutions that is currently used in some studies the kill within less then a minute with MRSA when we used povidone-iodine (betadine) applied to the area infected, undiluted, of course. That's the remedy or part of the remedy that I used for genital herpes as well. The betadine may be diluted by 1/2 if it is too strong but I won't dilute it further as it is too weak. If it becomes non-irritating externally, I can used the same concentration internally too. Acai sometimes help but don't do it because sometimes they add other things to it which reduces it's effectiveness, is another possibility. Silver sulfadizine is another one they used, at 1%, but it's not easily available and I haven't tested that one yet, but i would likely used it for external application. Other things I found helpful against MRSA were benzalkonium chloride, copper sulfate solutions, caprylic acid and tea tree oil. The most interesting was the benzalkonium chloride roughly between 0.1% to 0.5% in any lotions, honey, or creams that can be applied. If of course, you can get benzalkonium chloride, you just mixed it yourself, or get some from drug stores that has the benzalkonium chloride at the concentration mentioned I found to be helpful too. The potassium permanganate solution at 1:10000 concentration can be used inside a canal, one of my friend used it to clean her uterus whenever there's an infection, itch and is used as a general antiseptic solution.

If the potassium permanganate solution at 1/16 teaspoon per 3 liters of water is too weak, i sometimes used 1/16 per 2 liter of water. Under both mixtures I don't find skin irritation for general use.

A preferred benzalkonium concentration I like is about 0.15% concentration, in case you want to be more exacting.

Again the concentration maybe increase/decrease depending on effectiveness versus the irritation to the skin it caused. Less irritating we may increase greater concentration for greater effectiveness.

Tea tree oil maybe irritating to some, not irritating to another, but if it is irritating we may dilute the mixture with appropriate oils such as coconut oil or olive oil.

I haven't quite experimented with a mixture of xylitol, or other polyol sugars mixed with the milk of magnesia, but I do know they prevent the bacteria from attaching itself to healthy skin, thus reducing the infection.

Replied by Shirley

Echinacea drops apply directly on the affected parts & also take 15 drops in a little water internally once or twice daily depending on how bad the infection is. This product is an alcohol tincture which you can buy or order on line or at your health food store. Keep taking & applying till all symptoms have gone & take natural vitamin c & raw garlic in your food.

Acai Berry, Aloe, Probiotics

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Posted by Jennifer (east haven, CT) on 07/21/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I gave birth to my son in 1/2007 and contracted mrsa in my blood and almost died. My son also contracted mrsa a few days after his birth on his skin. My son and I were in the hospital for a month after his birth. I ended up getting 5 additional surgeries to the c-section. I was on a wound vac and vanco and batriband, minocyclin, batrim...I tried so many drugs and never felt right and the mrsa would always come back, I was on antibiotics and IV's for 7 months and nothing worked. I was getting so frustrated!

Then, I started looking at natural cures and tried many. Finally, I found something that worked. Acai berry juice, Aloe vera juice and Udo's Choice probiotics. Take 2 oz Acai berry juice with 1oz aloe juice in the am and then again in the pm. I started out taking 12 probiotics a day 3 in the am, pm, after dinner and before bed. The first few days my body flushed out - try to start doing this on a weekend or when you are not to busy bc you will be in the bathroom for at least a day. Do this regimen for 2 weeks, then lower the juices to 1 oz of each in the am and pm and slowly reduce the probiotics (12 to 11...). If the mrsa comes back add an extra probiotic (11 to 12). After everything I tried this was the only thing that worked for me! It has been a year that I have been doing this regimen, I still drink the juices and I am taking 6 probiotics a day.
Please let me know if this works for you, if you have any questions you can e-mail me at [email protected]

Replied by Pat
(Atlanta, GA)
5 out of 5 stars

Jennifer, this worked perfectly for me. It has been a month since I started this regimen and the MRSA has not returned. I altered you regimen a little, I only take 4 probiotics a day and I do not drink the aloe vera juice. I do indeed drink the Acai Berry and it has even helped me to lose weight. I got both the Acai Berry and Probiotics at Whole Foods. This regimen has helped my Staph and helping me to control my weight. I recommend everyone to try this regimen, its easier to do and no side affects to your body. Great Post Jennifer, thank you.

Replied by Worried
(Columbus, Usa)

Since you started this regime, how long have you been outbreak/infection free? Have you been tested to see if the MRSA is gone? I'm fairly new to this and am overwhelmed with being told 'there is nothing we can do'. Anything you have to offer as advice would be wonderful!

Replied by Regina
(Houston, Tx)

Is this still working for you? I have a girl in my day care who has it.

Replied by William
(Oak Harbor, Wa.)

Are you still mrsa free and what kind of probiotics are you using? I am at my last chance of keeping my leg. And I am sick of the pharmacy hipe. Please respond. Thank you

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

William Oak Harbor, Wa

If you will search on YouTube there are videos using Hemp Oil, Own Human Urine, to reverse gangrene successfully. I have come across them but have no notes.

Allopaths are eager to take limbs and organs when they don't know anything but natural medicine works wonders. Hang in there and keep your leg!

All the best, Namaste, Om

Replied by Lan
(New England)

I had a large, craterous, ulcerous, MRSA on my breast. Sick of reg Drs.- they haven't helped me in 10 years. I sought out a natural cure. I put DMSO creme on it then a band aid for a few hours. Then I put silver gel on it. contains real silver, also the band aid for a few hours, then I put tea tree oil and neosporin on it and a bandaid for a few hours. The next morning I exposed the area to bright direct sunlight (per my daughter's suggestion) The sunlight seemed to work the best- surprisingly! After 15 minutes of exposure it was 50% less redness around it. I did this every day and in a week and a half it was completely cleared up! I cannot take credit for the ointments protocol, I found that on a review on amazon. I think modern medicine is ridiculous in that we have to find our own remedies, whatever they gave me gave me bad side effects without helping the problem!

Activated Oxygen Gel

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Posted by Robert (Fife, Scotland) on 08/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

after suffering for 7 years, with an abcess, below the groin, and having tried everything, it would always come back leaving me in agony,
i searched the internet for all sorts of treatments, rather than take anti biotics which turn my skin yellow. i stumbled upon a site called activated oxygen i phoned them up here in the uk, and bought a pot of activated oxygen gel. i can only describe this as a miracle, i am currently on my third pot of activated oxygen, my abcess which had 5 holes, is about 97% cleared up to date, and this is only applying it topically. I am not sure if you can post links but google it and you have all the info there, it's amazing stuff.

Replied by Tchavarria
(Phoenix, Arizona)

Where do you buy the activated oxygen gel?

Replied by Veep

There is a gel called spencer's gel in the US. Maybe it's the same thing.

Replied by Veep
(Chicago, US)

I was looking for activated oxygen gel and there is something called ozonated olive oil's a salve. Just plug that in ebay.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 07/15/2011

If you shave under your arms then I would stop and just trim the hair with scissors. If you are used to shaving this can be quite a change but a worthwhile one. If using deodorants try instead some of the suggestions on this site. Including the one about using 'no soap' just a washer and water, personally I have found it remarkable, even though it goes against all that we are taught about cleanliness. Try and wade through the pages on MRSA here on EC for the success stories. I would definitely be using turmeric (with added pepper for absorption enhancement and as it contains both fat soluble and water soluble components you need a little fat with it not just water to get the best results from it). Also iodine applied in the armpits occasionally, and oregano oil (1-3 drops diluted in a teaspoon of ev olive oil) applied also in the armpits occasionally will help. I would also not shave the legs as this aggravates folliculitis and try the olive oil with the oregano oil. Good luck.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jacli2001 (Philadelphia, Pa) on 07/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have been Apple Cider Vinegar for my 'follicultius' on my legs and it has been hardening and seems to be going away. I just recently had to have surgery on my breast from a mastitis infection that turned out to be mrsa. I am researching everything I can in order to keep it from coming back.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Jamey (Kaufman, Texas) on 01/17/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I FIRMLY belive in the ACV for MRSA 1 teaspoon in a bottle of water 2 times a day has kept it at bay ACV applied directly to affected area also is very helpful.

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(Vancouver, Bc)


Replied by Sherri
(Charleston, Il - Illinois)

I tried this before, even the good kind with the "mother" of vinegar in the bottle, and it didn't do a thing for my staph infection. I had MRSA on my scalp and lost about half of my hair in big clumps because of it. It could have been because I had it so badly. I was put on antibiotics for three months of doxycycline as well as clindamycin phosphate solution to put on the areas. It took a year for all of the lesions to disappear.

One thing that the ACV did do was to help with the incredible itching that I had.... it did soothe that.

Today I find myself two years later with this crap again, only this time it is on my skin and not my scalp. Taking notes here from what I am reading and going to try a few things. I already have lavender and neem oils to use on it and have ordered some activated oxygen, tissue salts, and some acai berry capsules. Wish me luck... And good luck to you with your ACV... I am glad that it works for you! Speaking of this, I will try some for the itching I have as it really does help with this.

Replied by Krissie
(Springfield, Il)

Where did you find the activated oxygen at? I've been unable to find it in the US. I'm in Illinois too and have you had any success with what you ordered? Thanks.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric

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Posted by Francisco (Dallas, Texas ) on 10/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had the same problem with MRSA sometime ago and nothing would cure it, I even went to the hospital for about 3 days with heavy medication (Zyvox) and morphine, yeah, really, morphine for the pain. It was not until I found this great site that I tried the turmeric and organic apple cider vinegar to balance my ph. And it worked!!! I took the turmeric and the ACV for about 3 months though, I was decided to get rid of it. About two months ago (I did not have a sign of it, not even a pimple) I got a small boil, very small though, on my knee, but it went away rather quickly. This stuff works!

Replied by Lisalou
(Kihei, Hawaii)
05/20/2014 do you take the turmeric and ACV? Orally and topically? Porportions to mix up and how many times a day do you drink? it? and do you still take it still today? Everyday? Mahalo.


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Posted by Seth (Morton, WA) on 03/11/2021
5 out of 5 stars

I read that aspirin stops MRSA from replicating. I think it also reduces its toxin production. I'm actually making progress now instead of just keeping myself alive. I have MRSA in my kidney and after just a week, my kidney actually feels pretty normal. I'm also using a quart of water kefir and 2 low-level light therapy devices to boost my immune system. one is a violet laser pen and the other is a red led that goes in the nose. I was using these before I started using aspirin but was still in a lot of pain. The violet pen activates the immune system in the kidney.

Replied by Seth

This is still working for me. I'm at least 50 percent better. I also started taking colloidal silver and copper, which weren't working that well before the aspirin. I'm feeling a lot stronger. My coordination is normal now.


I thought I would just keep getting better until I was cured but it seems it just made me about 50% better I think. Still better than nothing.

Avoid Pork

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Posted by Cindy (Crystal, Minn) on 04/05/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Had mrsa f/5 yrs!!!! Boils like giant eggs!!! Prayed f/answer, tried everything, then the answer... On the internet!!! They r now finding mrsa in cheap cuts of pork!!! I was eating 1 type of pork, bar s sausages f/walmart!!!! Quit eating the pork, n disappeared overnite!!!! Lev 11 says NOT to eat pork, QUIT eating pork or shellfish n ur problem will be kaput!!!!

Baking Soda

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Posted by Gina (Pines, fl, us) on 03/11/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Hi my name is Gina,

4 months ago my brother has lesions appear all over his arms and on his under arms. The lesions were painful and in about a week the lesions filled with pus. The pay was unbearable, then my mom got them under her arms. They both went to the doctor and had them popped, lanced and drained and were diagnosed with MRSA which mimicks a staph infection but is much worse as it is a disease. We were devastated. I never got them until 2 months ago I must of shaved dry and 4 bumps appeared under my arms. Point is it doesn't matter how clean you are anyone can get it. Some remedies that have helped me are ones that I've experimented with. I will no longer be a victim of this infection!

Baking soda is 99.9 effective guaranteed once u start to suspect the head of the boil. Mix a teaspoon of water with baking soda till it is like a paste and apply it all around the infected area! Leave it for 30 min. Then gently clean it with a clean light colored (white) towel.

Wear only white cotton shirts while the wound is draining; as dark colors may bleed and cause a spread. This also applies to other infected areas. For example, if there is a boil on your back or on your buttocks wear light clothing, shorts, t-shirt etc. As far as pain relief to be honest you need to make best friends with naproxen or Ibuprofen. Buy a bath puff sponge and when taking a warm shower wash the infected area and massage it with the scrubber. Do not stick needles in it as you can cause blood clots, trust me it happend twice to me.

Replied by Kay
(Destin, Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

I made a paste of Baking soda and Muprocin for boils in areas I couldn't bandage (scalp); it worked incredibly well to partially drain the boils overnight, and none have spread. The next morning, being in a hurry, I just squirted the muprocin on my finger and dipped it in the baking soda, then applied it to the sore, it stings but it's drying them up really fast. I'll continue this (and washing the area, and nose and ears in Hibicleanse) for a few more days to make sure it's eradicated. I swear I can feel the germs runnning for cover into my ears, so I am drowning them/ears in hydrogen peroxide between my baths.

Baking Soda, Salt, Honey

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Posted by Elyne S (USA) on 03/01/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to let you know that I have been having steady relief using honey, baking soda & a pinch of salt on my boils and tiny, pimply, bump-rash (associated with MRSA) by daily application with bandaids. Growing up we used baking soda-salt to extract poison from stings and bites. Hearing of the water-extraction capabilities of honey led me to add it to the formula with good success. This isn't an isolated remedy however because I've also been eating garlic sandwiches with herbs!

Replied by Nicole
(San Francisco, CA)
5 out of 5 stars

thank you for this 1 1/2 year old has been treated by doctors in the past for mrsa, this time when she got a boil (size of a golf ball) on her belly, i didnt take her to the doctors, instead i give her two 30-40 min warm baths a day, and then i waited until it came to a head, after it started to drain i put a tablespoon of baking soda and mixed it with a little water at a time until a got a nice paste, (baby didn't mind) covered it with gaze and tape. the baking soda helped drain it a lot. once the boil was down about three days later and turned into a big big crater, i stopped the baking soda and started using honey, overnight, it looked so much better its almost gone, baking soda/honey help my baby girl fight off that nasty bug works!!! and its not painful for baby.

Replied by Bonnie
(Laurel, MD)
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

I have been battling with MRSA for almost a year now and am really frustrated. I have tried the baking soda and vinegar which help expedite the healing of the boil but didn't prevent me from getting them. I notice that you mention the use of honey. Is this regular honey from the grocery store or is this raw honey from the healthfood store?

Replied by Samantha
(Wendell, North Carolina)

Manuka Honey is what I use on me and my kids. Its at least $36 a small 12oz jar at Whole Foods but it works wonders on so many things. Hope that helps

Replied by Viresident
(Vancouver Island, Canada)

I have been with this bacteria for years, it was misdiagnosed until about 2 months ago. I have been getting great results with baking soda and salt paste. I pour it on, leave it on for hours, and just splash it off (I try to never touch the area as it always spreads)

Everything else, including numerous antibiotic prescriptions both topical and oral haven't helped. In my husband's words "they just made it look horrible. " It really does just get worse. This has been a nightmare and a learning curve. I'm highly allergic to penicillin now after a life threatening reaction resulting in swollen throat and tongue after several consecutive cycles at double strength cloxacillin.

I've made lifestyle changes such as eating alkaline/vegan and it seems to be helping (for one month so far). My doctor keeps telling me to do things, such as stop treating the area once the boils are gone, but it always comes back, so I am going to continue this process until it is gone from all the layers, as it seems to be down very deep.

Unfortunately, it's mostly on my face and has left a few purple marks, which they say will fade over time.

I tried Manuka Active honey as a topical and it made things worse. I thought perhaps I'll try it again over night, and it not only made the area red and inflamed, it cause it to spread quickly.

I have also been using Milk of Magnesia as a topical for a couple weeks, and it works WONDERS on the boils, dries them right up. I use Phillips brand with peppermint oil. If you apply a thin layer it will soak right in. A thicker layer leaves a white film. I haven't been washing it off unless I have to go out, because again if I touch it, it's very sensitive and starts to spread.

Interally I take turmeric 1tsp 3x / day, tissue salts (12 combination), baking soda water with lemon or lime (to alkalize), vitamins and minerals, milk thistle, acidophilus, and lately acai (too expensive to get the pure stuff and doesn't seem to be doing too much), but definitely lots of GSE both in liquid and capsules (too drying for topically right on my skin even diulted).

I'm on the home stretch :) Can't wait to be reposting to say I'm completely cured! Although that might be some time as it's been with me for 3 years and is very deep in the skin.

Replied by Ruth
(Hickory, Ky)

Manuka Honey from a health food store...

Baths With Bleach

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Posted by Joshua (Waverly, OH) on 01/25/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I have been having outbreaks for about 3 years now. I've found that when the sores are at their worst a HOT(as tolerable!)bath in a tub full of clear water and 1/2 cup of Clorox for 20-30 minutes speeds up the healing process. Afterwards invest in Lysol-and lots of it! Wash and change bedding daily and spray everything you touch with Lysol. In about 10 days you can rid all surfaces in your' home, negating the spread of MRSA infection!

Replied by Dr. Health
(Vancouver, Washington)
1 out of 5 stars


Bleach? That's the craziest advice I have ever heard. I hope nobody takes this advice!

Replied by JLynn
(Arlington, Tx)

I don't know about bathing with bleach but I do know that whenever I have had problems with re occurring boils adding bleach to my laundry, all delicates, it seems to help with the boils not coming back.

Replied by Jamila
(Springfield, Va)
5 out of 5 stars

My daughter was diagnosed with recurring MRSA and one of the remedies both her doctor and her nurse recommended was adding bleach to her baths twice a week. They did not say anything about treating the boils, but it is supposed to prevent future colonization of MRSA when used in conjunction with an antibiotic regimine, daily disinfection of household surfaces, and daily laundering of bed clothes with bleach. I have read that bleach baths are also a great treatment for eczema, which my daughter also has.

Replied by Carri
(Greenville, SC)
5 out of 5 stars

Bathing in bleach CLOROX brand ONLY!!! And ONLY the plain kind, not gel or anything scented, is a very good flush for your body. To "Dr Health" Are you a naturalist or at all familiar with holistic and natural remedies? This is a commonly used remedy to pull heavy metals from your body (among MANY other things). Mix one half cup plain Clorox brand bleach to your bath tub and fill to the level of your belly button when sitting. You can soak in the tub for 50-60 minutes for heavy metal reduction. If you think about all the horrible chemicals that are in your water anyway a little bleach is not going to hurt you, and actually probably nullifies some of the harmful chemicals. Don't knock it til you try it! I've done it for years to help with heavy metals (I fell so much better, by the way) and had no clue about the connection to healing boils, but am happy to know of it.

Replied by Mark
(Charlottesville, VA)
1 out of 5 stars


I would be very careful about using bleach on skin.

Bleach damages tissue and can make it more susceptible to disease. For example, washing syringes used by IV drug users as was suggested for many years with bleach makes one more susceptible to HIV (plain soapy water works better).

It is well known that bleach can damage skin (see MSDS). In the event of "serios skin contact" with bleach it is recommended that you wash with a disinfectant soap and use an anti-bacterial cream. In other words, exposure to bleach can make you more prone to infection. 10:1 dilutions or 100:1 might be better tolerated.

By the same token, Nonoxynol-9 was shown to kill HIV in-vitro but in-vivo it was found it could do more harm than good due to tissue damage - after years of use by consumers.

Alcohols and hydrogen peroxide may cause tissue damage in some cases, particularly on mucous membranes. Alcohol gels at least contain things to make them easier on the skin and appear to be ok to use.

Sterile Manuka honey looks worth checking out. Wounds reportedly heal in about half the time compared to most modern treatments and it has been shown to be helpful on MRSA. Some pre-prepared manuka honey dressings have been FDA approved (but are expensive). But beware of diluted preparations. Pure sterile manuka honey can be imported in 500g jars and 25g-80g tubes of sterile manuka honey can be purchased in the US. Not all varieties of Manuka honey contain the same amount (or any significant amount) of the active ingredient that makes manuka honey more effective - it depends on the variety of manuka the bees feed on. Even plain honey has a very long history (8000 years) of being used as a wound dressing, though largely forgotten today with the aggressive marketing of commercial products. However, non-sterile honey may contain Closridia or other disease causing factors.

Tea tree oil is known to kill MRSA but if it is diluted too much it not only doesn't kill but breeds tea tree and antibiotic resistant strains quickly.
Dilute Benzalkonium chloride also breeds resistant strains. I have heard triclosan has the same problem but the research on that appears a little questionable.

Oregano oil appears to be a potent MRSA killer.

From personal experience, a water based gel lubricant (KY jelly/Surgilube/etc) is very helpful for fungal infections (better than more expensive anti-fungals). It helps moisturize (without promoting growth due to moisture) and heal the skin and the preservative used, chlorhexidine gluconate, is effective in very low concentrations against candida. However, the concentration is much lower than in chlorhexidine gluconate surgical scrubs such as hibiclens. Thus the suggestion to use tea tree oil in KY seems promising, though the tea tree oil concentration should be at least 5% (but not too much higher). Adding neem oil and oregano oil would be worth investigating. But the combinations haven't been clinically tested.

Strong disinfectants may do more harm than good due to tissue damage. Diluted disinfectants breed resistance. Whatever doesn't kill the bugs makes them stronger.

When cleaning surfaces, reuse of a wipe on more than one surface, and use of non-disposable mops, rags, etc. can spread MRSA.

I don't have MRSA (I hope) but my housemate is suffering from a post-operative MRSA infection.

Replied by Carrieanne229
5 out of 5 stars

My pediatrician actually prescribed bleach baths for my daughter who had a MRSA rash on her bottom. 1/4 cup to a tub full every other day for a week, every three days for a week, all the way to once a week. It's no different than the chlorine in a pool.

Replied by Freebird
(South Bend, In)
5 out of 5 stars

The Mayo Clinic and the Center for Disease Control recommend this now, along with Manuka honey. 1/2 c bleach and two big handfuls of baking soda. Don't over do it. Every three days or so.

Replied by Joan

Bleach in bath water would be no different than swimming in a pool. What do you think is in a chlorine pool??

Replied by Landa
(Navarre, Fl)
5 out of 5 stars

That's funny. My son's pediatrician just suggested this to me last week. I had never heard of a bleach bath. She said to fill the tub with water and use a cup of bleach. She said he should soak for 15 minutes.

Replied by Linda
(Gilbert , Az)
5 out of 5 stars

I was actually told this by my son's pediatrician .

He has MRSA and she told me to give him a bath twice a week with about a tablespoon of bleach to a gallon of water to rid the skin of MRSA.

Replied by Eli

Bleach bath doesn't help. It dries the skin, and that makes the skin more susceptible to infections. If you read here, you get the idea that much of this MRSA bacteria specifically enjoys itself in a acidic environment. So a bleach bath would just keep your skin at a low pH (acidic) which is really bad to treat these infections.

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Actually, bleach is a base, not an acid, so it makes sense to de-acidify the skin that way. Maybe baking soda is a gentler alternative? Don't know if it would be as effective though. I haven't tried either, but I have some pimple-shaped bumps appearing that I'm afraid might be mrsa.

Replied by Amanda
(Magnolia, Tx)
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Actually our doctor told us the same thing as part of my son's regime to get rid of staph. A little bleach in the bathtub.

Replied by Djamel
(Durham NC)

Hi Jamila, did the bleach bath help your daughter? I'm struggling with MRSA and curious to try it.

Replied by Katzie

Have you tried Manuka Honey on it yet? Manuka kills mrsa.

Healthy healing to you & your daughter.

Bee Propolis, Buckwheat Honey

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Posted by Seth (Morton, Wa.) on 04/07/2018
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Bee propolis, Buckwheat honey for MRSA:

Bee propolis chewed up a bunch of puss I had in my chest and kidney and spleen. huge relief as it had been there for years. I'm taking a tablespoon of the powder twice a day and can really feel it hitting hard. I guess they call it Russian penicillin. I can see why. im a big guy, you might not need this much. plus I started at a lower dose and it was working pretty good.

Buckwheat honey is as strong as manuka honey but a lot cheaper. Also, manuka honey doesn't work for internal infections because stomach acids destroy the antibacterial properties. I get as much honey as I can on a plastic spoon and put it in a cup of tea. 2 or 3 cups of tea twice a day. I feel like a normal person again. Honey and propolis have a synergistic effect too so take them at the same time.

Replied by Katzie

Sorry, but that's actually not true that Manuka honey's properties are destroyed in the stomach, rendering it useless. Actually, manuka honey is regularly prescribed for people with ulcers as it can easily handle the H.Pylori bacteria. Just wanted to point that out.

Replied by Seth

Well, I wasn't as well as I thought. Still experimenting. I was pretty blown away by how well it worked at first. Just wanted to let people know.

Replied by Seth
(Morton, Wa)

Well, I thought I was going downhill again but it was the flu.

Bentonite Clay

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Posted by Bianca (Canyon country CA) on 01/23/2023
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I am currently fighting a MRSA facial infection with abcesses. The best topical treatment on all bumps and abcesses is by far the bentonite clay. I wear it to sleep and it heals wounds that are present as well as preventing new bumps and abcesses from forming, not 1. It seems to help with the itching, burning, and pain while speeding up recovery time. It plus clyndamycin is why I think I can kick this MRSA infection in the next few days. It's so helpful for MRSA it's incredible absolutely incredible. So I had to share this to let others know how much it helps!!!

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Posted by Pbird (Wa) on 06/30/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I spend all of 2013 fighting a MRSA infection of my lower leg that I caught in the hospital being treated for a spot of cellulitis. I was able to finally cure it with Bentonite clay which is largely magnesium. I thought this was neat because it had none of the drawbacks of antibiotic use.

Replied by Cc
(Los Angeles, California)

Please....Please. Love your share of using Bentonite clay, but would you let us know HOW???? CC