Dr Oz: What is MRSA?
Today Dr. Oz has a health warning you simply can’t ignore! The deadly “superbug” MRSA could be invading your home and the scariest part is that it is resistant to medication and gets stronger over time. Find out how you can protect yourself and your family from the new summer superbug that at is threatening you this season.
Dr Oz: What Causes MRSA?
Dr. Oz says if you have a wound that will not heal it could be due to a MRSA infection. MRSA is so powerful it can cause a simple cut to turn fatal and while it is most often found in hospitals, gyms and locker rooms there is new startling evidence showing the deadly superbug has found a new place to call home: yours.
The World Health Organization has made an announcement that MRSA is a major public health threat with the number of deaths increasing by 50% in just six short years. MRSA can cause a flesh-eating infection and has evolved into a superbug that is now believed to be carried by one in 50 people with a new study showing evidence it can live right in your home without you even knowing it.
Dr Oz:Who is at Risk for MRSA?
Dr. Oz says he has tips to help you stop MRSA in its tracks before it has a chance to harm you and your family, but first he explained how it manages to grow so fast and so strong. It all starts with someone being exposed to MRSA during a hospital stay and then spreading it unknowingly to someone who then goes to a gym and to someone else who attends a school and on and on until it ends up in the place you’d least expect it, which is your home. Dr. Oz says MRSA can survive for up to 3 months on a wide variety of surfaces, including remote controls, doorknobs, light switches, and phones.
Dr Oz: How to Prevent MRSA in Your Home
Dr. Lisa Thornton explains that MRSA turned into a superbug because it had a desire to live and managed to a way to become resistant to most antibiotics. She says the problem is that if it keeps on morphing into a more resistant bacteria there may come a time when we have nothing left to treat MRSA, which would be a disaster.
Dr. Thornton says everyone is at risk for MRSA and even though superbugs are here to stay she says there are some things you can do to protect yourself.
- Keep wounds covered and clean.
- Do not share personal items such as razors or sports equipment.
- Clean and disinfect with bleach, especially high-traffic areas.
Dr. Oz believes that antibiotics are overused and over-prescribed, so he says you should always ask your doctor why they are recommending them and if they are really necessary. He also says to make sure you take the entire prescription in order to kill the infection entirely.