I am going to try to give a good synopsis of what I have learned from infectious disease doctors (several), and many naturalists. At the FIRST sign of a boil (yes even a painful pimple), I would start with the following:
Wash thoroughly twice a day for at least 10 days (or longer if you still have the boil) with either:
a) enough good quality(dr bronners baby unscented is great) liquid soap to wash you entire body to which you add approx 5 drops of good quality 100% pure Tea Tree Oil, for each washing. or
b) A chlorhexidine solution available over the counter under the brand name Hibiclens (this is the western medicine option)
Ok, this is the most important step! Don't skip it, you will regret it when you have a relapse.
Take a small clean glass jar and mix about 2-3ml (think thimble full or less) of KY jelly or equivalent with 1-2 drops of 100% pure Tea tree oil. Cap jar and shake to mix completely. Take a cotton swab (q-tip) and dip it in the solution and apply it to the inside of your nostrils, one clean swab full per nostril (it will sting a bit at first but you'll get used to it fast). Once you have it in both nostrils pinch your nose closed and squish your nose around to spread it out inside your nose. Do this twice a day religiously until 10 days after you are boil free. Then do it 2-3 times per week for a month. This step is super important because MRSA will usually hang on in your nose even after all infection appears gone just to rear its ugly head again when conditions are right. (an antibiotic like mupriocin would be used by a western doctor worth his salt)
Zinc 50mg-90mg daily (never more than 100mg)
Vitamin A (one softgel) daily,
Turmeric 1tsp (or two 00 caps) 3 times daily (thanks Earth Clinic!),
Neem (1 capsule) twice daily.
I currently consider this the holy grail of knowledge on natural MRSA treatment. I hope to post an update with more details soon. Good Luck!"
8/5/2006: Shawn adds more to his earlier post: "Apply 1 drop of 100% pure Tea Tree oil directly to the boil and cover with Band-Aid (or a telfa (nonstick) pad with tape for large boils) 2-3 times daily.
Avoid using plain gauze, it tends to make the boil dry out or scab over. You want to keep it moist.
I suggest using a moist compress as hot as you can stand it (i use a tea kettle), apply tea tree and/ lavender oil to maximize effect. Do this several times per day (inconvenient, but so are boils!)
And, of course, NEVER SQUEEZE A BOIL! it can spread the infection very quickly to the surrounding tissue.
If you see red spider web like lines around the boil, see a doctor immediately. This can be a sign of the infection spreading to the blood, which is very dangerous.
Once a boil has a white tip or has opened, it should be kept covered and treated liberally with tea tree directly into the wound if possible.
Notes on Tea Tree Oil : Has been shown very effective against MRSA, nearly as effective as the best antibiotics.
To test for sensitivity to tea tree oil: apply a drop on inner arm and cover with a Band-Aid. Wait 1-2hrs and remove Band-Aid if redness or swelling occurs you should not use tea tree.
Hi, I wanted to update everyone on my MRSA. It has been 2 years since I wrote to Ted and I have gotten used to it all this time, until four months ago when I discovered another homeopathic website that talked about the 12 Tissue Salts. I started taking Silica, Calcium Sulphate, Potassium Chloride (Kali Mur), Potassium Sulphate (Kali Sulph), Sodium Sulphate (Natrum Sulph) and Sodium Phosphate (Natrum Phos)... This combination of tissue salts have cured my MRSA...
I took it for 2 month and they are gone, they also cleared up some old acne scars on my face.. They also cleared up my insomnia... They also cleared up my recurring Conjunctivitis... They also cleared up my recurring bladder infections... They also cleared up my acne outbreaks, which were hormonal... They also cleared up my sebhoreaic dermatitis on my scalp.... They have done so much for me... And they are the easiest thing to take... You just take 4 tiny pills and dissolve them under your tongue 4 times a day... Thats it! Google them now, Dr Schusslers 12 Tissue Salts... Each one has a specific function for the body...
Lake Elsinore, California
Use honey (natural organic, not the general stuff you find in stores) to treat MRSA. I used honey with my son after he contracted MRSA from swimming with a friend.
I used honey with the comb smashed up together on my leg tattoo that refused to heal. The tattooist wasn't cleanly and I believe I developed MRSA, my entire leg from knee to toes was severely swollen and inflamed and reddish. I used honeycomb I got from a local farmers market on my large tattoo all over it. It healed in 9 days flat. Completely. Previously I had used a prescription ointment to heal the multiple large wounds for 9 days. Didn't help at all. That's when I bought the honey comb. I'm amazed.
Honey kills staph infections
I developed Staph infection in my leg from a spider bite. It was lanced, bandaged and I took prescription antibiotics. A little while later another sore appeared. It seems the Staph had gone systemic. I took every type of antibiotic and even double doses to try and get rid of it. For a yr and a half I kept breaking out in these horribly painful sores. Finally I got on the net and looked up natural remedys. I tried honey in place of antibiotic topical ointments and immediately my sores improved over night. I put a 1/4 -1/2 tsp of honey on a 4x4 bandage after I showered and dried my skin well, then left it undisturbed for 24 hours and repeated until the sores were gone. It's been yrs since I've had an out break. When I did get an occassional sore, I'd wrap it up in honey just to be safe. I've read they are using honey in some burn units because it helps decrease scaring as well as being a good antibiotic.
West Sacramento, Ca, Usa
I've been on bactrim for four days now, which has helped heal two MRSA spots, but one just would not go away and was incredibly painful. I had to try something else (while continuing my antibiotic, of course). Instead of opting to go back to the doctor to have it drained, or going to the ED to have an IV antibiotic drip, I decided to try an herbal remedy. I'm very thankful I did because I'll be honest, I am not a good patient when it comes to needles and knives!
I read someone's comment online yesterday to try equal parts of turmeric and honey, mix well until you get a liquidy paste and apply to the closed MRSA wound. I did this last night, covered it with gauze and woke this morning with significantly less swelling and pain! It's like a miracle spice. I will certainly relay this to my doctor. She likes to prescribe holistic advise when she can... I'm hoping she will consider sharing this with other patients who are suffering from MRSA.
Side note: Before trying the topical application, I did follow one person's recommendation to mix a tsp of turmeric with 2 cups of milk and add honey... I was able to drink maybe a 1/3 of the mixture until I decided it was too much on a weak stomach. Wasn't exactly tasty. But I do realize that what amount I did ingest may have contributed to me feeling better this morning as well.
Good luck to all! Wishing you a fast recovery from this painful diagnosis.
Honey and tumeric mixed in equal volume applied to my big toe nail under a bandaid relieved the throbbing pain. MRSA-CA had been going around in our community. After subteaching at our school I apparently got it in the base of my toenail. When the pain started, accompanied by inflamation I used H2O2 and an antibiotic ointment to be able to sleep. Next evening it had returned, so I repeated using another ointment after the H202 relieved the pain. On the third day, worse, I came to EarthClinic and discovered tumeric and also raw honey seemed to help others, so mixed equal amount and applied it after the H2O2. A bandaid kept the paste around the base of the nail where it had first inflamed. I kept this up a week, applying nightly and also taking about 1/4 teaspoon of the mix daily. The infection died, and so did the toenail. The nail has grown back--but no more MRSA, after a year, thank God!
A friend who got MRSA on her foot at the same time took a month for the medical treatment to relieve it. The MD warned it would take a month to heal the wound but she applied some of the honey-turmeric and amazed herself and the MD that it healed in days. We have lots of problems in this fallen world, but the good Lord gave us herbs and things to solve them!
I have had a horrible time! I first started out with MRSA on my leg.
I guess I get it harder then most. Because first it starts with a head ache and flu like symptoms and 100 to 103 fever. Last I got the boil on my left leg just up from my knee.
I tried heat, I tried tea tree oil and I tried baking soda and oatmeal.
The heat felt good.
The tea tree oil did nothing.
The baking soda hurt and did draw it out.
The oatmeal hurt and did draw it out.
Together baking soda and oatmeal did the best.
I still had to go to the doctor and they gave me antibiotics.
It never totally went away. It was still this little spot. But I thought ok. I am out of antibiotics but maybe my body will take care of it.
About 2 weeks later. I got a head ache and it felt like some one had kicked me in the tail bone also no energy and 103 fever. Next thing I know I have a huge boil on the inside of my left butt cheek just down from my tail bone.
Its the week end so I say to hell with it. I go the the ER. Wait for 2 hours. Then they get me in. Give me painkiller and cut the thing open and drain it.
They gave me different antibiotics this time.
I have been on them. The thing has been draining like mad.
It stopped draining after a few days.
Now I am out of the antibiotics and the boil is not totally gone.
I am afraid again and have no clue what to do.
Here is some advise I would like to give.
If you get a boil drained.
You must! Use hot compresses and maybe oatmeal mixed with baking soda in a paste on it. Also take hot soaks for 20 minutes 2 times a day. Do not let this thing close until it is totally MT!
I give this advice because I wish to god I had done all of this.
I feel if I had I would not be worried now.
Wondering what the heck should I do now!
Recent study found hot drinks ( tea and coffee) protect against MRSA. I don't think it cures it once you have already got it but regular tea and coffee drinkers are less likely to catch MRSA. Note, this study only tested MRSA in the nasal cavity they are yet to discover whether the effects are systemic.
HI ALL, , , , , , , , got a sad call this morning at 6 am from a young kid that was going to work at our farm today. He said he would not be able to work because his PapPa just died.
His PapPa had a hip replacement and it became infected with MRSA almost 6 months ago. They went to many doctors, but none could help. I suggested Hydrogen Peroxide IV's. That is not traditional medicine and was rejected. I shut up. The doctors kept trying to cut out the infection and finally he was to go to a plastic surgeon tomorrow. He had been on antibiotics all this time along with vac wound therapy . I now want to cry as I know personally of people who were cured with just 3 IV's of Hydrogen Peroxide. Why did I not push the issue?
A church member who went to the great Medical School at Vanderbilt for cancer. He too is gone. I was too timid to intercede with what natural cures I know from my research and personal bout with cancer.
So when I get my comeuppance from members on this site, it rolls off like water on a duck's back. I have watched too many friends die by my not pushing the issue. You may not like my style, but I have your interest at heart.
=====OLE ROBERT HENRY========
Hope Bc Canada
Ten Mile, Tn
I highly recommend food grade hydrogen peroxide as a cure for MRSA. Early this year I 2 different cases of confirmed Staphylococcus and 2 surgeries to remove cysts that were as big as golf balls, for which antibiotics were not touching. The Dr told me that I would just have to live with it as he told me MRSA is everywhere. The cysts were extremely painful so I was not willing to just live it them! When the 3rd one came on I reached for my food grade (35%) hydrogen peroxide and took a large dose(1/4 teas in 8 oz of pure water)
Within 2 hours I could feel the tingling stop and the burning of the new growing cyst stop. The next day I took another dose and I was cured. I highly recommend peroxide for bladder infections and also a couple of years ago I had confirmed skin cancer on my nose and began taking doses of peroxide and it killed that also.
You must be very, very careful when taking this product - follow instructions, as it has burning properties to it. One more note - after I had surgery for the removal of the MRSA cysts I packed the site with Epsom salt and it pulled the infection to the top of the skin and drained the sight within days. I used a pantie liner pad over the site and the salt drew out so much pus it was soaked the pad a half an hour, this went on for 3 days!
hydrogen Peroxide/witch hazel combo with Tee Tree Oil cured a Spider Bite/MRSA infection due to bite. My knee had this red itching bite on it. By the time I had let it go on I awoke to find this now open sore with my knee looking like a volcano. It was spitting like a snake and the 1st thing I did was start with Hydrogen Peroxide putting it on this sore 3 - 4 times per day. I awoke to relief the very next day and over all I have a little mark that was like the size of a dime that has faded since we are coming up on a year soon since this happened to me. It pulled the infection from this sore and is a total lifesaver.
I used one drop a day on each infection for 3 or 4 days until the MRSA just dried up and went away. In the prior to this I had at least two other MRSA infections which made life very unpleasant. I did try every known remedy out there including the ones listed on this website and NONE of them worked. In my previous two experiences with MRSA I had to go to the hostpital to get very strong antibiotics to kill it. Bottom line is that Lugol's iodine does work for MRSA.
Iodine straight onto the boils and doing it several times a day washing with antibiotic soap in between applications. This got rid of the satellite boils and reduced the mother boil down to a tiny bump so far. I know, you have to completely get rid of it or it regenerates itself. I am also doing the turmeric to try to clean the MRSA out of my system, which I know it must have been there for years. Iodine (put plenty on top of the boils), cured all the satellite baby boils and reduced the first boil (which was about 1 and 1/4 inch in diameter when it first appeared), to a tiny lump smaller than a pea. Yes, we had heavy rain before the first big boil appeared on my cheek. Also, I went out shopping the day before the first one appeared. Yes, there are a lot of jets here because we are near the Ft. Lauderdale airport. But I have no idea where MRSA comes from or why the boils appeared. About a year ago, I first had on my forehead something that looked like an infected insect bite and it refused to heal. It bled periodically and seemingly after it looked like it was healed over. The little lumps were still there. I could feel them under the skin. But after about 8 solid months of applying triple antibiotic cream, it finally went away. No more little lumps under my skin in that location. This is what I am trying to do now, get this mother boil to finally disappear. I will send more information when I have it. I am 64, retired, live a quiet life. Like to garden, maybe this MRSA is in the soil... If it is in the air, then it naturally would be in the soil and therefore on veggies we buy, etc. There were no changes in what I usually eat so I don't think it is diet related, not sure.
I have had MRSA for over 3 years now on and off (mostly on) and I have pretty much become an expert unintentionally on which natural remedyies and over the counter products work, and which ones to avoid.
I can tell you first hand that after a boil is lanced or drained, either by you or your doctor, the best topical treatment is to hit the area with strong POVIDINE IODINE 10% applied with a qtip if the area is small, or a cotton ball for a larger area.
NOTHING KILLS MRSA BETTER THAN 10% IODINE APPLIED TOPICALLY!
Apply it 3 times a day topically very liberally and use a non stick pad to cover the wound with minmal adhesive tape.
The iodine will kill the MRSA bacteria effectively topically and will asisit in the wound drying up and healing.
Do not whatever you do - use bandaids of anykind ever on a mrsa wound though!
This is a very common problem as bandaids have chemical irritants in the adhesive which is very likely to cause a person with sensitive skin alot of problems.
Almost every brand will irritate your skin near the wound which can and often will facilitate the spread of a new sore to the nearby irritation or break in the skin.
Knowing which products over the counter to use and which antibiotics actually work are of the utmost importantance. MRSA is very strong and while I believe whole heartedly in natural cures sometimes prescription medications are neccessary when dealing w/MRSA.
There are concretely 2 things that I know of that definateily will kill MRSA and that is Iodine 10% and Manuka Honey. (EMF 10+ ATLEAST! )
Do not use them together, of course, but either of these topically are the two best remedies you will likely find anywhere.
Also I recommend Taking GARLIC supplements w/Allicin to support your immune response naturally, and doing everthing possible to raise your body's PH to as close as possible to 7.5.
Avoid sugar and all foods that are high in preservatives and processed foods especially as these types of foods actually seem to faciliate the further growth of MRSA.
If you are not allergic to Sulfa Drugs, the antibiotic "Bactrim" is very cheap and works to heal the skin wounds and boils in a great many cases. I have seen alot of successes with bactrim.
In 80% cases bactrim will work, the problem is many people are allergic to sulfa drugs and this may not be an option for some people. As a home remedy, Bathing in Bleach (1/4 cup) per bath and using antibacterial soap to wash hands etc. containing triclosan or triclocarban will also be very helpful.
Whatever you do .. do not take MRSA lightly!!! Even if your doctor doesn't seem to be worried, many doctors are ignorant about MRSA and a lot of people are dying in The U.S. as a result.
The mortality of longterm MRSA is well above 30%. The untold truth is that MRSA is reaching epidemic proportions in the Untited States.
I have read alot of good information on this site, but if you have severe MRSA you may not have the luxury of experimenting too much so you must be very careful in your treatment approaches.
Be prudent and only use tried and true remedies. I hope this helps you.