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Tea Tree Oil and MRSA

Thursday, 01 December 2005 00:00

An alternative to the use of mupirocin to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was sought in a study at University of East London Department of Life Sciences. Mupirocin has been found to exhibit unpredictable levels of resistance to MRSA. Isolates treated with tea tree oil conforming to International Standard (ISO 4730) were found to be susceptible to the oil; 64 of them were MRSA and 33 were mupirocin-resistant MRSA. The study revealed very uniform susceptibilities of MRSA to tea tree oil. The researchers concluded that tea tree oil may be an effective and more predictable alternative to mupirocin in the treatment of MRSA.

— Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 35(3): 421–424, Mar 1995

Pathways Issue 8 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #08.

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