Saturday, June 19, 2010
Two and a half years ago, I went through an experience I care to never repeat. It all started when I came across a small, hard bump on the back of my knee. I figured it was just an ingrown hair and thought nothing of it. Soon after, it grew to the size of a quarter and started to become painful. I made an appointment to see my primary care physician but they couldn't see me for a few more weeks. In that time, it grew to the size of a silver dollar and was so red and inflamed that I limped when I walked. I couldn't stand it anymore so I had my husband take me to urgent care, where they diagnosed me with a carbuncle - likely a result of a CA-MRSA infection that I picked up from the gym. I had to have the wound lanced, drained, packed and tended to for another month. And it took even more time for the area to heal and look normal again. I was completely traumatized by the incident and vowed to do everything in my power to stop this from ever happening again.
MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics such as penicillin or amoxicillin. The staph bacteria can cause skin infections that resemble pimples, boils or ingrown hairs and can be red, swollen, painful or have pus and other drainage. In the past, MRSA occurred only among patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities. But in recent years, cases have rapidly spread to the general population. MRSA infections that occur in healthy people who have not recently been hospitalized are known as CA-MRSA, or community-acquired MRSA.
Any open wound is a potential entry point for MRSA. While most staph and MRSA infections are treatable with IV antibiotics or by draining the abscess, it is possible for the infection to return after it is cured. In addition to washing your hands, showering and avoiding sharing personal items like towels or razors, you can now use StaphASeptic First Aid Antiseptic/Pain Relieving Gel to prevent bacterial infections caused by MRSA.
Applied to minor cuts and abrasions, StaphASeptic kills 99.9% of antibiotic resistant staph. StaphASeptic is a greaseless, non-staining gel that provides soothing minor wound care without stinging or irritation. It also contains lidocaine for topical pain relief. (Note: this product is NOT a treatment or cure for an existing infection, nor should it be used on serious wounds requiring medical attention).
I received a tube of StaphASeptic to review, right after I happened to nick myself shaving. I loved the flip-top design, which makes it easy and less messy to apply. I also liked that the gel went on clear so it didn't require a lot of rubbing in. I wasn't crazy about the strong medicinal smell and it did feel sticky and tacky for a few moments until it dried. However, it didn't sting or burn and gave me peace of mind, protecting my skin from that evil bacteria.
Because MRSA can strike anyone at anytime, StaphASeptic is something that should be in every first aid kit.
BUY IT: StaphASeptic can be found at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens and other local drugstores. It is available in 1 and 2 oz. tubes, as well as single-use packets (ARV $7.99 - 49.99).
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Disclaimer: Thank you to the Product Review Place for this opportunity. I received a free tube of StaphASeptic ointment to facilitate my candid review. I was in no other way compensated for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are solely mine. Your experience may differ. The information presented does not take the place of medical advice. If you suspect you have a skin infection, please consult your physician.