Monday, October 29, 2007

Honey Recommended to Treat Nasal Staph Infection

Medicinal Honey Fights Bacteria
Dr. Andrew Weil, Vancouver Sun (Canada), 10/29/2007

Q: I have had a staph infection in my nose for a long time. I've tried several antibiotics and topical ointments that haven't helped. What can I do?

A: The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is often found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people. It has been estimated that, at any given time, 25 to 30 per cent of the population has staph bacteria in the nose, but only some of those infected have symptoms. These bacteria can cause anything from minor skin infections (pimples) and boils to such potentially life-threatening diseases as pneumonia, meningitis and toxic shock syndrome.

Some 500,000 hospital patients in the United States develop staph infections every year. Disturbingly, these infections seem to be increasingly resistant to the penicillin-related antibiotics used to treat them. The worst infections result from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and options for treating them are dwindling.

Standard treatment for staph infections of the nose is regular application of an antibiotic ointment (over-the-counter or prescription), but some of these infections can be stubborn, taking up to a year to subside. If this approach hasn't helped, you might try using medicinal honey instead. Researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand have found that honey's antibacterial activity can even stop the growth of MRSA bacteria. They've also shown that honey has no adverse effects on healthy tissue and can be safely inserted into cavities and sinuses to clear infection. Don't try this with ordinary supermarket honey. Two medicinal honeys available commercially include manuka honey from New Zealand and Medihoney from Australia…


Anonymous said...

I have the same problem and antibiotics do not work at all. I am scared of developing meningitis.
Where do I buy that type of honey?

Anonymous said...

I had an infection in my nose on the left side about a year ago and i t was the most painfull experience ever... And ive had a c section.. Lol but anyway i went to the ER and the doc said it was facial cellulitis.. Took medicine and it slowly and painfully went away, but now it's back and on the other side. Idk what to do i m afraid that its gonna get as bad as last time.. I would def recommend going to the doc asap cause if it gets really bad like mine did.. Oh man.. I ope u can tolerate pain.