It’s not something anyone likes to think about. But the reality is countless bacteria call our skin home.
One type of bug, in particular, Staphylococcus epidermis, is typically harmless. In fact, these common bacteria could be on your skin right now. And they’re usually nothing to worry about.
But that’s changing.
Now one in three of us could be at serious risk from this run of the mill Staph bacteria. Because like other bugs before them, such as MRSA, Staphylococcus epidermis is now becoming resistant to drugs.
Everyday Staph bacteria turns deadly
When people started getting life-threatening infections after surgeries, researchers at the University of Bath wanted to know why. And they soon uncovered the cause.
Antibiotic overuse had struck again.
The researchers identified new deadlier forms of this everyday bug on the skin of the folks who had gotten sick. And these new versions of the Staph bacteria weren’t responding to the antibiotics that should kill them.
In other words, a bug which doctors never had to give a second thought to before could now slip inside surgical wounds and become a killer.
New forms of this common bug led to infections
Scientists say there are dozens of differences between the genes of the bugs on the skin of people infected after surgery and those on the skin of healthy patients.
Which means they may be able to develop a skin swab test that will help them detect the Staph BEFORE patients go under the knife. And if folks do test positive, they can take extra precautions.
But if you or someone you care about is already scheduled for surgery, you can’t afford to wait. The wheels of mainstream medicine turn FAR too slowly for that.
You need a solution now.
4 steps could help reduce infection risk
Well, I’ve got good news. You DON’T have to head into the operating room merely hoping for the best. You can give yourself the best chance of staying healthy.
With a few easy steps, you could help reduce your risk for ANY kind of post-surgery infection. And that includes these new antibiotic-resistant Staph bacteria.
1. Embrace antiseptic:
I’m always cautioning you against overusing antibacterial products. They’re overkill for everyday use. And they contribute to bacterial resistance.
But pre-surgery is the right time to use an antiseptic product. Antiseptic soaps target bacteria, fungi, and viruses too. And showering with an antiseptic soap, such as Hibiclens, the night before your surgery and then again the day of could wash away some of the potential problem bugs.
Be sure to concentrate on the area where the surgery will be taking place to help reduce your risk of being infected with Staph.
2. Emphasize handwashing:
After your surgery become a taskmaster about handwashing. Because it works. In one study, researchers found hospital-acquired infections plummeted by more than half with consistent handwashing.
You should be regularly washing your own hands with soap and warm water. But you need to keep a close eye on visitors and hospital staff too.
When you have a visitor gently but firmly ask them to wash their hands… or use some antiseptic gel or foam… before settling in. And every single time someone from the hospital staff comes in to do something for you… techs, nurses, doctors… INSIST they wash their hands.
3. Clean and covered:
After surgery, be sure to keep your wound clean and covered. Check with your nurse or doctor about the proper way to clean the wound to keep bugs like Staph at bay.
It might involve using alcohol wipes on the surrounding skin and some type of antiseptic. Plus, your doc may recommend using an antibacterial cream immediately following the surgery too.
And while it’s easy to neglect bathing after surgery because you don’t feel your best, don’t. Make sure to keep your skin as clean as possible.
4. Stop sharing:
In kindergarten, they taught everyone how to share. And it’s a great skill to have. But until you heal from your surgery, it’s time to embrace your inner two-year-old and be stingy once again.
Until your wounds completely close, you shouldn’t share towels, linens, razors, or toothbrushes. In other words, what’s yours is yours until you’re back on your feet and 100 percent.
Refuse to become the next victim of this new deadly Staph bug danger.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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