In this post I want to talk about how I got rid of a staph infection that would not go away!
WHAT IS A STAPH INFECTION?
Staph infections are caused by staphylococcus bacteria, known as staphylococcus aureus. These types of germs commonly found on the skin or in the nose of even healthy individuals. Most of the time, these bacteria cause no problems or result in relatively minor skin infections.
Most people fight off this bacteria with no problem, even if it enters the skin via a cut or some type of wound.
Staph infections can turn deadly if the bacteria invade deeper into your body, entering your bloodstream, joints, bones, lungs or heart. A growing number of otherwise healthy people are developing life-threatening staph infections.
I had a staph infection and 2 rounds of antibiotics in the course of a month did nothing but clear my skin temporarily. This staph infection refused to die off. It came back a few days after finishing the antibiotics! I was getting very irritated.
Treatment for staphylococcus aureus usually involves antibiotics and drainage of the infected area. However, some staph infections no longer respond to common antibiotics. The main reason certain strains of bacteria don’t respond to antibiotic treatment is because a lot of people don’t finish their antibiotics until they’re gone! You need to ALWAYS FINISH your antibiotics even if you feel or look great! By not finishing your antibiotics, you’re allowing the bacteria to build defenses against said antibiotics. This makes the bacteria stronger and more resistant to antibiotics. Certain strains of bacteria are now immune to antibiotics for this reason.
Doctors use several different types of antibiotics to treat staph infections. The choice of antibiotic depends on the type and severity of the infection as well as drug-resistance patterns of the particular bacterial type. Some of the antibiotics that have been used to treat staph infections are:
- nafcillin (Nallpen),
- oxacillin (Bactocill),
- clindamycin (Cleocin),
- rifampin, and
- telavancin (Vibativ).
Combinations of antibiotics and other antibiotics can also be used. Some staph strains, such as MRSA, are resistant to many antibiotics. MRSA is really bad. I had that too.
How Do Staph Infections Spread?
Staph bacteria can spread through contaminated surfaces and from person to person. Kids can carry staph bacteria from one area of their body to another — or pass it to other people — via dirty hands or fingernails. Staph bacteria lives on your skin, in your nose, under fingernails, on countertops and especially hospitals. It’s everywhere.
Staph infections can spread from person to person in group living situations (like college dorms). Usually this happens when people with skin infections share personal things like bed linens, towels, or clothing.
Washing clothing and bed sheets in hot water with bleach or lysol laundry sanitizer (what I use) is one step in killing the staph bacteria or MRSA.
A staph infection isn’t something to take lightly. It is very difficult to kill staphylococcus aureus and it’s often mistaken for acne. A doctor can confirm the bacterial infection by taking a sample and running tests.
I’m going to tell you what I did to resolve this after taking antibiotics, but first, I want to tell you the symptoms and what to look for and what it feels like.
You should never pop these pimples on your own, as it will cause the bacteria to spread rapidly to other areas of your skin or clothing!
Symptoms of Staph infection
Staph infections can range from minor skin problems to endocarditis, a life-threatening infection of the inner lining of your heart (endocardium). As a result, signs and symptoms of staph infections vary widely, depending on the location and severity of the infection.
Skin infections caused by staph bacteria include:
- Boils. The most common type of staph infection is the boil, a pocket of pus that develops in a hair follicle or oil gland. The skin over the infected area usually becomes red and swollen. If a boil breaks open, it will probably drain pus. Boils occur most often under the arms or around the groin or buttocks.
- Impetigo. This contagious, often painful rash can be caused by staph bacteria. Impetigo usually features large blisters that may ooze fluid and develop a honey-colored crust.
- Cellulitis. Cellulitis — an infection of the deeper layers of skin — causes skin redness and swelling on the surface of your skin. Sores (ulcers) or areas of oozing discharge may develop, too.
- Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Toxins produced as a result of a staph infection may lead to staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. Affecting mostly babies and children, this condition features fever, a rash and sometimes blisters. When the blisters break, the top layer of skin comes off — leaving a red, raw surface that looks like a burn.
How does a Staff Infection start?
My experience with staph infection and Impetigo mirrored everything I read about online. One moment my face was fine with no blemishes and the next moment I felt an itch on my face, like a mosquito bite.
Looking in the mirror, I saw a very small pimple starting to form and thought nothing of it. The itch was irritating and lasted into the night. I knew at that point something was not right.
Since the itch was very persistent and lasted all day, I thought maybe it was an ingrown hair. I washed my face a couple extra times, dabbed some rubbing alcohol, and went to bed.
The next morning it still itched and the “pimple” was noticeably larger with a white tip and black center core. I wasn’t sure, but thought it was a bad ingrown hair. All through the day it itched. That 2nd night I had enough and wanted relief. I sterilized a needle and opened the pimple so it would drain. This was a big mistake, which I didn’t know at the time. The staph infection was about to spread.
Itching was less after cleaning the area and applying rubbing alcohol but my troubles were just starting.
The next day at work, a coworker asked what was wrong with my cheek. It felt like a rug burn. My face was a light shade of red around the area where I took care of the pimple the night before. My face also had a slight glaze to it and felt mildly sticky, which is where it burned.
Later that night, my face started to itch again with 2 other pimples popping up. I made an appointment the next day for my doctor.
I had impetigo. The 3rd morning, the right side of my face was encrusted in a thin golden crust. It still felt like a rug burn and there were 4 or 5 white head pimples. The skin had a tight texture like sunburn / dry skin like a scab.
A visit to the doctor confirmed it was Impetigo, which I never heard of. I had a staph infection again…just one week later it came back. I had just healed up from pneumonia a couple weeks before so I assumed those antibiotics brought my resistance down to nothing. Early 2019 was bad for me. First pneumonia (first time with that) and now 2 bouts of staph infection because my resistance was so low from being sick and 2 rounds of antibiotics from pneumonia. I was on antibiotics for 1.5 months with almost no break. That destroyed all my good bacteria, which didn’t help me to fight anything off.
A topical antibiotic and oral antibiotic was prescribed, which cleared me up after 4 days. A full 10 days of antibiotics took care of the issue, so I thought.
After 4 days of being off the antibiotics, I felt that itch again, with another small pimple showing on my face. I was livid but did not attempt to clean it myself, after remembering how the staph infection spread before.
I thought it may be just another pimple but I went to the doctor again. Another culture showed it was indeed another staph infection and that the bacteria was still living on my skin.
Another 10 days of the antibiotics cleared me up, with another small pimple forming after a week of finishing the antibiotics. This was now ridiculous.
I started searching on ways to kill staph bacteria on my own.
Here’s what I did to keep the staph infection from returning
I took a shower using body soap I always use and then washed again with Hibiclens. Hibiclens safeguards against germs for up to 24 hrs, so it’s a great choice to fight germs, fungi & bacteria during sports, school, work and home. Hibiclens antibacterial soap is gentle on sensitive skin and is used in hospitals by doctors for its antiseptic properties. It’s used as a surface wound cleanser or to keep hands and skin germ free. Hibiclens kills bacteria, viruses and fungi and continues killing germs for up to 24 hours after washing. It’s antibacterial soap that’s gentle on even sensitive skin, even with frequent use. I left Hibiclens on my skin for 5 minutes before washing off. My skin felt cleaner after using. My doctor recommended Hibiclens. I use it every day.
I took garlic supplements and doubled up on them…2 garlic pills a day. Not only does garlic support heart health, but the allicin in garlic kills staphylococcus bacteria. I did a lot of reading on what other people were doing and garlic supplements kept coming up in the fight against staph infections. These garlic pills do not cause burping and do not make your breath smell like garlic. Take with food. Make sure it has allicin.
I added Digestive Advantage probiotics to my diet. Antibiotics kill all bacteria in your body, both good and bad. You need good bacteria to support your health and digestive system. Without this beneficial bacteria, not only will your immune system suffer, but your digestive system is affected as well. I needed to replenish the good bacteria that was destroyed by antibiotics. I tried a few different brands including that really expensive one and Digestive Advantage is the best I have used. I take 2 pills a day.
Whenever I make a smoothie for dinner or lunch with the Nutribullet blender, I add a clove of fresh garlic. I know that sounds like a lot but you don’t even taste it. One whole clove of garlic maybe twice a week in a smoothie. Garlic will help you out in ways you can’t even imagine.
Another thing is to cut out sugar as much as you can. Not only is sugar very bad for you, but it feeds bacteria. Sugar helps the staph bacteria infection grow stronger.
Another thing that strengthens the staph infection is smoking. Did you know that staph bacteria HATE nicotine? The bacteria will build walls around itself to protect against nicotine. This wall also protects the staph bacteria from the antibiotics you are taking!
You will also need to change out the loufa you use in the shower at least once a month. If you wash using a washcloth, use a new one ever couple days. I didn’t use the same wash cloth on my face as I did my body.
I used lysol laundry sanitizer. This is HUGE in winning the war against staph bacteria. Lysol laundry sanitizer Kills 99.9% of bacteria like Staphylococcus Aureus & Klebsiella pneumoniae, simply add to rinse cycle. Contains 0% bleach, works even in cold water. Gentle on most fabrics including whites & color. Works in all standard & HE machines and is suitable for children’s clothes, gym clothes, underwear, towels, bedding & delicates. We put it in a Downy ball.
I also bought clorox wipes and wiped down all door handles, my steering wheel, phone, ipad and anything else I would have touched.
I hope this helps you with getting rid of staphylococcus bacteria. The same steps can be taken to get rid of MRSA. If you follow the steps I did, I’m confident you will be rid of the staph infection. You may need to be on antibiotics first to knock out the infection. Always check with your doctor! Do not take what I’m writing for medical advice. See your doctor. I would highly recommend you use these same practices once your staph infection is gone. I still use Hibiclens and the lysol laundry sanitizer and always will.
60% of the population has staph bacteria living in their nose. Most people have it on their skin. If your immune system is weakened and you come into contact with staph bacteria (it’s everywhere, especially in hospitals), you could be in for a long healing period.
I never thought I would get hit with this and never thought it would be so hard to get rid of. After a month, my immune system is much better than it was, having introduced the good bacteria back into my system and using the products I talked about.
Antibiotics are great and are sometimes needed. Remember, not only do antibiotics kill the bad bacteria, but all your good bacteria. You need to get that good bacteria back as fast as you can. It is highly recommended you take probiotics while taking antibiotics. Digestive Advantage are rated as one of the best probiotics since they travel all through your intestines where needed. Most probiotics are digested in the stomach, which do you no good at all.
Good luck and Good Health!
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