Manuka honey can be used for prevention and treatment on an MRSA infection. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can become serious and even life threatening really fast, so self-treating this infection with Manuka honey without a medical professional’s monitoring is not recommended. MRSA is an infection from bacteria that has mutated to survive antibiotic treatment and is resistant to commonly used antibiotics.
Mostly people don’t have any allergic reactions or side effects when manuka honey is used.
How Does Manuka Honey Works?
MRSA is treated with manuka honey because it has strong antibacterial properties. The antibacterial properties are longer lasting than with other types of honey. Manuka honey has a high concentration of methylglyoxal (MGO), a potent antibacterial agent, which is different than another medicinal honey. RS honey is another medicinal honey and has bee defensin-1 (a protein added to the honey by worker bees) and hydrogen peroxide. Manuka honey is so effective because it maintains its strength since it is unaffected by heat, light or by dilution.
Bees that collect nectar from the manaku bush, which is found in Australia and New Zealand, produce this honey that is used to treat bacterial infections like MRSA.
Natural Alternative Treatment
Some feel that manuka honey is a natural alternative treatment for MRSA and self-treat an infection. The problem is if the honey doesn’t work, things can go from bad to worse or even fatal, fast. A medical professional should be consulted before treating MRSA at home. It is not yet known if the bacteria which causes MRSA will mutate and become resistant to treatment from this honey, so far there are no known strains resistant to the antibacterial properties of the honey. MRSA is resistant to methicillin and other related antibiotics like penicillin and amoxicillin.
Though some people have good results from using this honey, there are other proven treatments.
Any Side Effects?
Though some people with allergies to some plants that the bees may collect nectar from, may have a mild reaction, commonly there are no side effects from using Hanuka honey.
Normal Treatment Without Manuka Honey
There are studies that have shown manuka honey to be effective in killing bacteria, but commonly MRSA is treated with antibiotics, lancing, draining, or surgery. The antibiotics that are effective on treating this type of bacterial infection includes
Interest is growing in the effectiveness of Manuka honey because there are strains of Staphylococcus aureus that are becoming resistant to some of the currently used antibiotics. Manuka doesn’t have some of the side effects experienced with typical antibiotic use.
We also recommend reading, “pHenomenal Water Review” which is another alternative from using antibiotics for treating MRSA.
In the battle of treating MRSA, anything that is showing promise in the treatment and prevention of MRSA gives you, me, and everyone encouragement. Using Manuka Honey isn’t the magical solution to curing this bacterial infection but we all can agree it is a step in the right direction. It does work for some! However it is highly recommend if you do decide to use this alternative treatment plan for MRSA that you have a healthcare profession monitor your progress because it can become serious or even life threatening very quickly.