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How to Treat A MRSA/Staph Infection With Little Or No Income
CB Freedom Lovetribe Feb 28, 2008

Why-Because it’s important.

So, you have MRSA, also known as a staph infection or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (1), and you want to get rid of the invasive and aggressive infection. Well, you've come to the right place; this is your online guide to how to effectively treat your own MRSA infection on a low-income level, non-existent income or on an extremely minimal budget. First of all, what is MRSA? MRSA (pronounced MER-SAH) is a highly communicable, extremely aggressive bacteria that is resistant to even the most intensive antibiotics, and there is currently a large wave of infections in San Francisco and throughout the Nation, including a heavy wave of infections in New York, Virginia and Baltimore. Infections aren’t limited to any State … there have also been infections in Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Connecticut. This is, without a doubt, a National problem, and, according to the mortality statistics, one of the largest threats to American health today. If the numbers are correct, "the number of deaths associated with the MRSA germ would exceed those attributed to HIV-AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, emphysema or homicide each year."

At first, MRSA, that sly, aggressive and hard-to-get-rid of "superbug" will get into and under your skin through a wound, cut or abrasion, and look like a spider-bite or a standard pimple! Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the infection will get worse and spread ... to the face, legs, abdomen, wherever, because MRSA doesn't discriminate which flesh it eats, as long as it’s skin and able to twist its way under your skin and eventually into your bloodstream. So, this is a major problem. Commonly called the “flesh-eating bacteria”, MRSA, or staph infections, can be prevented with simple soap and water (as in, a shower). If it goes untreated however, it can become something that looks much more like a volcanic pimple or a disgusting pus and blood-filled abscess. Now picture these all over your body. This is why you need to take the necessary precautions to avoid this nasty skin infection. Your chance of developing an unsightly and unhealthy skin condition can be greatly decreased by adhering to a few regulations: keep clean, keep sane and stay safe. If you are hanging out with street kids or other populations known to carry this bacteria, make sure to wash your hands, keep open sores, abrasions or wounds hygienic and BE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS, FACE AND CLOTHES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTERWARDS. It’s good ethic to have clean habits. Remember to abide by the "Five C's", listed on the National Center for disease control website, which are as follows: Frequent skin-to-skin contact, Compromised skin (i.e., cuts or abrasions), Contaminated items and surfaces, Crowding and Lack of cleanliness (2). If you are itchy and have a lot of unsightly pimples that just won’t go away, you might want to get yourself checked out.

How to Drain Your Own MRSA/Staph Wounds 101:
1) Find and go to a safe, warm, dry place. Go to a friend’s house, a collective house, a shelter, a 24 hour drop-in with laundry and shower services or some other sort of safe, warm, dry place (even a parent’s house, if you have one).

2) For the best results in getting rid of this spreading infection, you will also need to obtain and utilize the following items: soap, hot water, a washcloth (clean), a towel (clean), absolutely sanitary gauze/bandages/band-aids, clean clothes and freshly cleaned laundry/linens/blankets. (These are all obtainable through a friend, a shelter or a 24-hour drop-in place that has free laundry and showers, such as Buster’s at 211 13th and Mission in San Francisco).

3) Take a shower first, then a bath, if possible. Wash yourself thoroughly with your washcloth and get all those bugs off you. Do this before you run your bath, so that you will not be soaking in your own bacteria and superbugs!

4) TAKE A BATH. If you can’t do this part and soak yourself in a bath, then take a really long shower and make sure that the hot water is focused on your infections and that you are utilizing your soap, washcloth and all other sanitary items available to you.

5) A HELPFUL TIP: Immerse yourself in a warm, steamy and clean bath and let yourself and your wounds sit and soak well, until the skin is soft and malleable, and until the pus, blood and infection rise up to the surface of your skin. The hot water will naturally make your blood rise up to the top of your skin, thus creating both a red color/tint to the skin and an easier access to the bacteria that is causing this unwanted, dangerous and possibly deadly infection.

6) DRAIN YOUR WOUNDS. This is the really, really, really gross part that is the most important action you can take to fight this infection. You need to “milk”, squeeze and effectively drain your own wounds and infections. It is incredibly easier to do this when your skin has been soaking and when you are in a bath. I would have lost my left leg to MRSA had I not been able to drain my own wounds and infections in the bath.

7) Take another shower and clean yourself thoroughly with a washcloth, hot water and (antibacterial) soap. You don’t want to have all of the bugs you just squeezed out of your body ON YOUR BODY again, after you JUST got them out … so, TAKE ANOTHER SHOWER !!!

8) Apply clean bandages and any sort of free clinic medication or hospital-issued cream as soon as the skin is dry via a clean towel. You will need these bandages to keep yourself sanitary as you march around town or go out to take care of things. This is the only way for the infection to go away. You must kill the root of the infection … and the only thing that kills bacteria is anti-bacterial soap, water and time. You MUST keep clean and you MUST keep your wounds clean. A QUICK SURVIVAL TIP: CHANGE YOUR BANDAGES OFTEN !!!

9) Wear warm, dry, clean clothes. Make sure to be hygienic. Think about being “Danny Tanner clean” until you have beaten the infection, then you can go onto being just generally really, really clean.

10) Be consistent, Be Hygienic and don’t give up!! It may seem like it won’t go away, but it will. If you keep clean, keep safe and keep very hygienic, this bug will have no way to get into your skin and bloodstream and, with no flesh to eat and no sites to enter, the infection, the bacteria, the “superbug”, will finally DIE. It is dire to keep clean … your life depends on it. Clean bandages, clean clothes, CLEAN !! Also, congratulate yourself for surviving this hellacious infection and keep fighting it.

NOTE: For more strategies in preventative methods against staph or other flesh-eating bacteria, or to read about the current outbreak in SF, refer to my previous articles in the Roaddawgz Archives.


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