According to Kim

MRSA

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane …it’s SUPERBUG!

All joking aside …this is shaping up to be a serious problem.  Over the years it’s been known that staph infections are commonly found in hospitals.  Now it’s showing up in our schools.  MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterial infection that is resistant to penicillin, methicillin as well as other antibiotics. 

The “superbug” has been found in a school not far from me and has infected 2 students so far.  Here is an article from our local news channel (Capital News 9):

‘Superbug’ showing up in area school
10/18/2007 9:13 AM
By: Web Staff

SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. — Health officials in Saratoga County have confirmed two Ballston Spa High School students have contracted MRSA, an drug-resistant staph infection.

The so-called “superbug” has already been getting national attention recently after a Virginia high school student died from it.

Ballston Spa school officials sent a letter to parents home Wednesday warning them about the bacteria. But they say there is no reason to panic.

MRSA is spread through skin to skin contact, and can be contracted from bacteria growing on athletic equipment and in locker rooms. Both students were athletes on different teams. The strain has been showing up in some schools nationwide. But through education and proper hygiene — health departments are hoping the outbreak doesn’t become a wide-spread problem here.

State health officials say MRSA typically causes boils and soft tissue infection. Some of the warning signs include, but are not limited to, redness, pain, warm skin, discomfort and swelling.

If your child is showing any of these symptoms you’re urged to call your doctor just to be safe.

You can find out more at the CDC’s site:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa.html

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Written by Kim

October 18, 2007 at 8:56 am

Posted in Health, MRSA, News

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  1. You’re making me paranoid. Giving me more reasons to be afraid to go outside. Between gangs and this superbug (which is most prominent in Baltimore); I think I’ll build a bomb shelter. Just me, food, bed, and computer until it all goes away 😆

    diamondfistwerny

    October 18, 2007 at 10:59 am

  2. Don’t forget H5N1 …it’s still out there! I’m here to help 😀

    Kim

    October 18, 2007 at 11:11 am

  3. Bwahahahahhaha Spanks 😆

    diamondfistwerny

    October 18, 2007 at 2:24 pm

  4. *HOW I KICKED MRSA*

    NOTE: EVERYTHING THAT I AM STATING IN THESE PARAGRAPHS IS ONLY MY OWN ADVICE. I AM NOT A DOCTOR, THIS IS JUST WHAT WORKED FOR ME. I TOOK THE ADVICE OF DOCTORS, WHAT I SEARCHED ONLINE AND RANDOM THOUGHTS AND PUT THEM TO THE TEST. LUCKILY, ALL OF THIS WORKED FOR ME AND I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD SOMETHING LIKE THIS TO READ IN THE BEGINNING. THESE ARE ONLY MY OWN SUGGESTIONS. I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU TRYING THEM, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE.

    *Antibiotics. I have been prescribed BACTRIM and also CLINDAMYCIN at different times.

    *HIBICLENS cleanser. This is an antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser. It is a bright red liquid that comes in an 8 oz. teal colored plastic bottle. It should be found over the counter at your pharmacy. Use as a body scrub (best to avoid face & genitalia) daily for 2 weeks straight.

    *MUPIROCIN ointment. This is a prescription antibiotic ointment (comes in a small tube) to put on the skin. Put it on your MRSA breakouts as soon as you notice them coming and it should shrink them so that you don’t have to open them up and drain them. This will save you a lot of pain. Also, use a q-tip to apply a thin layer under your nose. Morning and night unless you shower or wash your face throughout the day, reapply. This will make an invisible barrier to help reduce the chance of staph entering your nose. Try your hardest to keep your fingers away from your nose at all times. Also, at night I used a nail brush and scrubbed under my finger nails with HIBICLENS then used a q-tip to apply a thin layer of MUPIROCIN under my finger nails since staph lives under your nails.

    *Wash your hands like crazy and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse/pocket.

    *One ER doctor told me never to cover a breakout because it needs to breathe. That’s crazy; you do not want anyone else to come into contact with an active breakout. Use a band-aid/bandage. You will find that you may hear many different things from many different doctors. There are so many different strains and they are rapidly growing so not everyone is up to speed on what works and what should be done.

    *I cannot stress this enough… DO NOT SHARE RAZORS!!! I believe this is how I got MRSA, by sharing my boyfriend’s razor. If you are close to someone else that has MRSA, the two of you can keep giving it back and forth to each other. Also, you keep giving it back to yourself. I am no longer surrounded by any one else that has it, which is great, but to avoid giving it back to myself I keep a cup filled with rubbing alcohol in my bathroom and after every single use of my razor I soak it in the cup. I really feel that this is important.

    *As you are battling this, you must keep your house as sterile as possible. I like to use natural cleaners in my house but while I was dealing with this I didn’t want to mess around. I bought very strong bathroom spray with bleach in it and kept Clorox wipes in my house. Keep your bathroom clean. Also, change your sheets and towels more often than you normally would. Remember, if you are in the bathroom extracting a MRSA breakout, you pretty much have to tell yourself that it’s a bio-hazard area. No one else should be there unless you really need help. EVERYTHING needs to be cleaned once you are done. Any towels used must be kept separately and washed in very hot water and possibly bleach. Wipe down every area you (and what has come out of you) have touched. Remember that what comes out of you is toxic.

    GOOD LUCK!!!

    tambutt

    October 18, 2007 at 4:01 pm

  5. Hi Kim!

    Well, you’ve moved from Bird Flu to Superbug! Our (former) office dingbat, The Mon****’s daughter got that superbug! Fortunately, it was caught in time. I think they do it just to keep up with the latest trends!

    Dave R. – Northsdad

    Northsdad

    October 18, 2007 at 8:34 pm


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