Antibiotic Resistant Staph Infections Spreading Through Schools

January 20, 2012

Two schools illustrate how easily staph infections can spread, including the antibiotic resistant strain MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus).

Staph infections can live harmlessly on the skin, or, under the right conditions, can rage into a disease that can’t be fought with antibiotics. Heat, sweat, or a weakened immune system are just right for staph infection, and so gyms, where mats come into contact with sweaty skin and tired athletes, can be hotbeds for staph infections.

And gyms are just where the two bacteria outbreaks started: in New York, one high school wrestler battled and overcame the potentially deadly staph infection strain MRSA. In New Mexico, one school district is still dealing with an outbreak that originated in their gym.

The cheerleading squad was the first to be infected, and the school responded quickly to the outbreak shutting done the suspected gym and giving it an intense cleaning, while all 12 infected students (at least one with MRSA) received medical treatment.

Then at least one elementary school student came down with a skin staph infection, identified by the list of staph infection symptoms sent home to parents:

-Watch for boils, pimples, stys, or other sign if infection on the skin, especially if it persists.

-Keep the infected area contained—accidentally ingesting staph infection could lead to a more serious infection, and spreading it to eyes, ears, nose, or genitals can also cause severe complications.

-Hand washing is a must—you protect yourself, and others!

-Clean frequently and disinfect high-risk areas, like gym and yoga mats. Clothes should also be washed regularly; although some think not washing clothes makes them last longer, bacteria and other pathogens from your hair, skin, and body accumulate and grow on unwashed clothes, and can actually wear them down faster (and pose a health risk).

Signs of inflammation (which could precede a more serious staph infection) include redness, swelling, and pain in the affected area.

Update: At least two other cities (Eureka, MO and Long Island, NY) are dealing with the spread of staph, and, more seriously, MRSA in schools.

How should schools handle the growing contagions? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Emma Spera January 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

So, first: ppm refers to the concentation of silver in the water. I found one claim that silver hydrosol has 5-10 ppm, which is lower than MesoSilver’s 20 ppm. A higher concentration means a couple of things: you’re usually getting more silver for your money, and your dosage is going to be more effective.

To be 100% honest: with regard to ppm/concentration, you will run across claims that a lower ppm is safer, and that it’s the higher ppms that cause argyria. There’s no such evidence; that’s just a weak justification for an inferior product. Argyria has occured in people drinking gallons per day for more than a decade. There’s no good research to say what causes it exactly (it’s build up of silver in cells, but why some people and not others?) but some people think it’s linked to ionic silver, since people with argyria were usually making it themselves with a silver generator which only produces ionic silver.

That said: particle size refers to how small the silver in the product is. It’s what affects how absorpable the silver is (also called bioavailability). MesoSilver has the smallest particle size for a colloidal silver on the market. Although silver-hydrosal is compared to, and sometimes called, a colloidal silver it is actually an ionic silver (it has to be to have a smaller particle size and if it’s made by electrolysis, as it claims). Electrolysis is a VERY cheap way to make “colloidal silver” (although it’s always ionic silver).

Does that make it more absorpable? There aren’t many studies, but one did find that ionic silver gets attracted to things before it enters cells, meaning it may not have the bioavailability its small particle size seems to promise because it’s an ionic solution.

One last thing: some ads for silver-hydrosal are correct. Some things saying they’re colloidal silver are actually silver proteins or other compounds. MesoSilver is not. It’s a true colloidal silver, 99.99% pure silver, not ionic, and suspended in pure water.

I hope that answers your question! I can try and provide more clarity if you need. And please look at that ionic silver study! I wish there were more studies for stronger evidence—be sure to keep following the blog as we post silver studies as we find them!

evonn January 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Is it true that silver hydrosol is more effective than colloidal silver because the ppm is smaller and thus it’s more absorbablet? what’s the difference in hydrosol and colloidal and is there research to suggest one over the other, and if so, for what purposes?

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