Antibiotics Are an Effective Method of MRSA Treatment – Aren’t They?
There are times when your immune system needs help to combat bacterial infections like MRSA. This could arise either because your immune system cannot activate itself quickly enough outpace the reproductive rate of MRSA; or MRSA is producing toxins so quickly it will cause permanent damage before the immune system can eliminate it. In a situation like this, antibiotics are needed to kill these life-threatening bacteria.
An antibiotic uses two mechanisms to kill MRSA:
1. Bacteriocidal: This is where the antibiotic kills MRSA directly.
2. Bacteriostatic: This is where the antibiotic hampers MRSA’s ability to grow and reproduce so it is eventually wiped out by your immune system.
Though antibiotics destroy bacteria, they do not harm the cells in your body. Antibiotics usually take 7-10 days to kill all the MRSA in your body. But within 2 days of taking antibiotics, you will start to feel better since a majority of the targeted bacteria will be destroyed.
Antibiotics have saved millions of lives and were dubbed the “miracle drug” in the past. But with time, researchers have found that their effectiveness has reduced as bacteria like MRSA are gradually growing more resistant to them. In the near future, this will make bacterial infections very difficult to treat – which is a great concern to the medical community.
Antibiotic resistance by pathogenic bacteria is a concern to anyone: the young and the old, the healthy and the chronically ill. It is particularly a serious concern for people who are critically ill and patients with a compromised immune system.
Each year in America about 2 million people are hospitalized due to various bacterial infections. Out of that, about 90,000 staph victims die each year. The physicians have found that of the people who are hospitalized, about 70% are infected with resistant bacteria like MRSA.
Unfortunately, MRSA is no longer confined to hospitals. It has been found in schools, homes, daycare centers, retirement facilities, and frequently transited areas. The key is to understand it so you can protect yourself and your family.
Ultimately, this is a fight mankind must work together on if we plan to stay ahead of these vicious bacteria growing more resistant by the hour.