MRSA is a type of staph bacteria known as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. It is dangerous because it has become resistant to many antibiotics. It can be difficult to kill because the bacteria forms biofilms, or protective barriers, that antibiotic medications cannot easily penetrate.
What is a Biofilm and How Can it Be Breached?
Biofilms are a form that bacteria can take to protect itself by creating a tough protective barrier. Free-moving bacteria adhere permanently to an area of the human body using cell adhesion techniques.
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Once the bacteria adheres in this manner, it’s difficult for the body’s immune system or antibiotic drugs to kill it.
In order to effectively breach a biofilm and kill the bacteria, some type of enzyme must be used. Monolaurin is an example of a natural product that can penetrate the biofilm and effectively kill the invading bacteria.
How is MRSA Spread?
MRSA spreads through surface contact. It enters the skin through any small cut or abrasion, including medical incisions made during operations.
Methods of spreading MRSA include sharing personal items like towels and razors, as well as maintaining close contact such as in dorms, locker rooms or other facilities where many people are located in close proximity. Hospitals, medical clinics and nursing homes often have high levels of MRSA present in the environment.