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MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) And Your Home’s Indoor Air

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: MRSA

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Airborne MRSA may play a role in MRSA colonization in the nasal cavity or in respiratory tract MRSA infections. The National Center for Biotechnology Information says that measures should be taken to prevent the spread of airborne MRSA to control nosocomial MRSA infection. Here is a link to a study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health which demonstrates the spread of MRSA through the air in a hospital environment. “About 20% of the MRSA particles were within a respirable range of less than 4 microm. …An epidemiological study demonstrated that clinical isolates of MRSA in our ward were of one origin and that the isolates from the air and from inanimate environments were identical to the MRSA strains that caused infection or colonization in the inpatients.”

In other words, the study showed that MRSA isolates were taken from the air as well as surfaces, meaning that even without touching any surfaces MRSA was in the air as well.

What are the symptoms of MRSA infection?

Staph infections, including MRSA, generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin but they can also burrow deep into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.

How Do I Know If I Have MRSA Infection?
What are the symptoms of MRSA?

The simplest way to acquire MRSA staph infection is through physical contact with an object or a person who has MRSA, but as the above hospital study shows, it is not the only way, and once infected the symptoms of MRSA will arise. Recently a husband and wife in Hernando were faced with MRSA. First the wife came down with a bump on her chin which looked like a spider bite. She saw her doctor and was told to keep a warm compress on it so she could return in a few days and have it lanced. After lancing, he treated it with a series of antibiotics and it finally began to recover.

All was well… or was it?

Within a week her husband also experienced a weird “bite” on his abdomen. He began feeling ill immediately, lost his appetite, developed a fever, and a hardened growth appeared under his skin which swelled and grew to about six inches in size, and what’s worse, as the growth moved to a location that wasn’t the precise area of the “bite” itself, it appeared very near a major artery. Within a day he was hospitalized and immediately placed on two different antibiotics. By midnight he was receiving a third. And by morning his doctors were giving him five different antibiotics while growing a culture to determine which combination of antibiotics were necessary to kill this particular MRSA strain.  Later that evening he underwent surgery.

His wife was told by the doctor that these cases are becoming very frequent and several operations take place on a daily basis to deal with MRSA related infections.

At first, MRSA looks like a seemingly-harmless skin infection characterized by  small, reddish pimple-like bumps and boils. As the infection progresses, they become painful, pus-filled abscesses.

If the infection goes further into your body and invades your lungs, MRSA symptoms become more aggravated, and may include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough

As was seen in the case of the Hernando husband, the symptoms of MRSA worsened quickly, and could easily have infected other parts of the body being so close to the artery, and might have easily caused death because an infection can enter the bloodstream causing sepsis and 25% of patients with sepsis die. MRSA may also enter the bone marrow causing osteomyelitis which destroys hearts valves causing endocaritis. MRSA can also cause urinary tract infections (UTI) and toxic shock.

The story doesn’t end here. While the husband was in the hospital undergoing treatment, the wife was home bleaching every surface possible. Floors, counter tops, bleaching all bedding and cleaning well everything and anything that couldn’t be bleached, or throwing it away, including covering the mattress twice and planning to replace it as well as plans to immediately tear out and replace the carpet.

So how does this relate to the IQAir Perfect 16 and the IQAir Health Pro Plus?

Re-read the portion of the hospital study regarding airborne MRSA:

About 20% of the MRSA particles were within a respirable range of less than 4 microm. …An epidemiological study demonstrated that clinical isolates of MRSA in our ward were of one origin and that the isolates from the air and from inanimate environments were identical to the MRSA strains that caused infection or colonization in the inpatients.” The IQAir Micron Chart shows the size of MRSA is 0.3 Microns in size right on top. IQAir Perfect 16 Whole House Air Filtration Scrubs Indoor Air Down to .03 Microns – that’s means it removes airborne viruses TEN TIMES SMALLER than MRSA! With a dangerous Methicillin-resistant superbug like MRSA, which is only becoming more resistant day by day, and where bleaching and cleaning infected surfaces alone isn’t enough – why take the chance when the IQAir Perfect 16 is already available and affordable?

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