Staph infections manifest in different ways, depending on the severity the infection. Some are mild, almost unnoticeable infections while some might involve the appearance of boils or even flesh-eating infections. Some strains have also become resistant to antibiotics. This is usually due to the overuse of antibiotics, especially in places like North America. A staph infection is caused by the Staphylococcus bacteria, which is carried by about one in four of the world’s population. These reside in places like the mouth, nose, foot, genitals, or the anal area. Infection usually starts to fester from a cut. From there, the bacteria could invade the bloodstream, bones, and other vital organs like the lungs and the heart.
The most common type of staph infection on the skin is the boil, but it can also present as impetigo, which is a contagious, painful rash, or cellulitis, an infection of the deeper layers of the skin. A persistent fever coupled with pus-filled blisters is a sign that you should see a physician, especially if the contagion has passed from one family member to another.
Grapefruit seed extract is particularly excellent in treating staph infections. This is because, unlike conventional synthetic antibiotics, it attacks a wider range of targets like viruses, yeasts, fungi, parasites and worms. It should be noted here that conventional synthetic antibiotics can only kill bacteria. More importantly, grapefruit seed extract does this without adverse side effects. Furthermore, it does not damage the friendly bacteria in the stomach, which is necessary for digestive processes.
Consider this analogy: while using conventional synthetic bacteria is similar to carpet-bombing an enemy city, using the grapefruit seed extract is more akin to conducting high-precision, targeted missile strikes that fortunately leave the innocents—your beneficial intestinal bacteria and your immune system—intact and unharmed. Some studies have gone so far as to call it a near-perfect—if not perfect—anti-microbial, and with good reason. Because it is not as harmful as your run-of-the-mill pharmaceutical products, and because it even works better in some cases, grapefruit seed extract is becoming a more and more popular treatment for many ailments including staph infections.
The first thing to try for minor staph infections is to disinfect the cut using undiluted grapefruit seed extract. Identify where the infection might be spreading from. Remember, as noted, it could start with just a small cut. Check the usual areas for breaks in the skin, then apply the grapefruit seed extract and rinse with water. Since even medical practitioners are using grapefruit seed extracts as disinfectant, this should help clean the cut as well as fight the infection.
Aside from the previous treatment, which involves purely external application, you can also try using grapefruit seed extract internally. Since different products have varying levels of concentration, the dilution required would also be different. That is, the amount of grapefruit seed extract you would have to use relative to a specific amount of a base beverage is dependent on the strength of the specific brand you are using. Your base beverage can bewater, tea, or juice.
In connection with these two different usages, one advantage of the grapefruit seed extract is that it does not require a high concentration to be effective. The anti-pathogenic effects have already been observed even at very low concentrations of the extract. Make sure you apportion your drops carefully especially if you will be taking it internally. Doses under 5 drops have been proven to be effective.
Aside from treating the staph infection with the grapefruit seed extract, there are other uses of the extract to make you less predisposed to getting infected in the future. For instance, you can add 10-25 drops to the laundry for a cleaner, fresher batch of clothes. This should keep your body clean and more comfortable as well.
However, a side note is necessary at this point. While the grapefruit seed extract is effective in many minor cases of staph infection, there are some cases when you might have no choice but to visit your physician. It is especially necessary to go to the nearest hospital and seek immediate medical attention when the infection invades the bloodstream, the bones, and vital organs. It goes without saying as well that the grapefruit seed extract, while proven to be an effective treatment for many ailments, is best taken under the advice of your physician.