If only this bacteria had a voice to protest all the wrong accusations that come it’s way every day.
I was at the Motor park at Berger trying to move from Lagos to Ibadan, and I had barely sat for two minutes, only for this loud and intrusive town crier to begin to shout; Blabla herbal mixture!! For malaria, typhoid, guinea worm, koko worm (whatever that means), staphylokorkooss, diabetes, hypertension, jedijedi, dysentery, infertility, waist pain, back pain, system flusher and the list went on; it was simply ‘gbogbonise.’ I was extremely stunned by the number of people that called the herb advertiser to buy bottles of whatever, for 500 NGN per bottle. You know you could buy clothes or shoes on the roadside, but not drugs that you’ve never encountered or heard about until that moment. I ignored everything as usual, until a woman bought for her children and asked the hawker for the dosage for children, then I became too angry to keep quiet. After asking her many questions that she had no answers to, I told her she could decide to harm herself with a medication she didn’t know, but her children deserve to live. Madam quietly returned the Miracle Herbal mixture. Whilst some herbs have proven antibacterial properties as well as other medicinal benefits, there are a lot of questions that beg to be answered before you depend on them for cure.
If you’ve not heard of the word “Staphylococcus,” you are probably living in a world of your own. The only scientifically recognized Staphylococci are a large family of spherical Bacteria, which cause all kinds of diseases, with a potential to affect every organ of the body. Infections that cause vaginal discharge can either originate from the Urinary tract or from sexually transmitted organisms, while penile discharge in an adult male is almost always sexually transmitted. STI’s are amongst the most misunderstood of ailments, despite having a self-explanatory name. Don’t tell your doctor you have Staphylococcus or toilet infection, because this can be confusing. Just describe what you feel and answer all questions sincerely. You had unprotected sex and also used a “dirty” toilet, but you insist the infection must be from the toilet; Let me just mind my business.
Apart from the notorious Viruses that are transmitted through sex, the majority of STI’s are caused by Bacteria, and whilst Mr Staphylococcus is not an STI, it can be passed from skin to skin, and plays only a very minor role. There are specific, affordable tests that can isolate the particular cause and also determine the particular drugs that would clear the Bacteria. It is ideal that you carry out this test, however, you might be placed on some broadly-acting drugs while awaiting the test result. The consequences of a “simple” discharge might be far reaching, so don’t live it at the mercy of an herbal concoction that might stop the discharge, while the bacteria continues to grow 6 packs in your driveway.