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What Is a Staph Infection?
"Staph" is short for Staphylococcus, a type of bacteria. There are over thirty different types of staph bacteria, but Staphylococcus aureus causes the most infections.1 Types of staph infection include:
- Skin infections like boils (this is the most common skin infection caused by staph), impetigo, cellulitis, or staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
- Food poisoning
- Toxic shock syndrome
- Blood poisoning (bacteremia)
- Septic arthritis
Skin infections can happen anywhere on your body, including arms, legs, groin, and face. Like most healthy people, you probably already have staph bacteria on your body, in your nose, or in your throat.1 And most of the time, the bacteria don't cause any problems, or if they do, it's usually a minor skin infection. But, sometimes, the bacteria can cause big problems, including burrowing deep into your body and invading your bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and heart, which can be very dangerous and occasionally prove fatal.
In the past, most serious staph infections occurred in people who were hospitalized or who already had a chronic illness or a weakened immune system. But according to a HealthLine article from 2013, a growing number of healthy people are developing serious staph infections,2 and some of these bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. The growing amount of staph bacteria that do not respond to antibiotics is a big public health concern.
What Is MRSA?
MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of staph infection that has grown resistant to conventional antibiotic treatment. This type of staph infection is especially common in people who are either staying in or have recently stayed in a hospital environment.
More information about the symptoms and treatments for MRSA are discussed below.
Causes of Infection
Staph bacteria can cause illness in two different ways: (1) through direct infection and (2) through toxins that the bacteria produce.1
A staph infection can take many forms.
- Skin infections develop when staph bacteria enter your body via a cut or abrasion in your skin. Eczema, psoriasis, shaving irritations, and other conditions that make your skin more fragile and sensitive will enhance the risk of infection. This is why it is important not to share razors or towels, especially in environments where the risk of coming into contact with staph is higher (like in locker rooms).
- Food poisoning is caused by eating bacteria-containing foods that are not handled or stored properly.
- Toxic shock syndrome, incidences of which have decreased since the 1980s,3 is linked to the used of super-absorbent tampons, as tampons are a great breeding ground for the bacteria. The tampons can also irritate the vagina, making it possible for bacteria to enter the bloodstream. But, toxic shock syndrome can also affect men and children who can be infected by means other than tampons.
- Septic arthritis is caused when staph bacteria spread to a joint from an infection in another part of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis increases the risk of this kind of infection because arthritis medications suppress the immune system.
- MRSA (short for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a form of staph infection that emerged in hospitals and is now a growing threat in health care facilities worldwide. In hospitals and nursing homes, MRSA can spread on the hands of health care workers and on many surfaces including bedrails, catheters, cart handles, and even remote controls. The staph bacteria involved are resistant to penicillin-type antibiotics.
- CA-MRSA (community-acquired MRSA) is a term for drug-resistant staph infection acquired outside health facilities. People discharged from hospitals may harbor drug-resistant bacteria in their nostrils, and these bacteria can spread further in the community.
What Puts You at Risk?
Although anyone can get a staph infection, the following groups are more likely to get them:4
- Newborn infants
- Breastfeeding women
- People with chronic conditions
- People with suppressed immune systems
- Intravenous drug users
- People who play contact sports
The following especially increase your changes of contracting MRSA:
- A current or recent stay in a hospital.
- A long-term stay in a care facility.
- The use of invasive devices such as catheters or feeding tubes.
Community-acquired MRSA is MRSA that is not necessarily associated with a hospital stay. Here are some risk factors that make you vulnerable:
- Youth. Children do not have fully-developed immune systems.
- Old age. With age, our immune systems begin to decline, making us more subject to illnesses.
- Contact sports. Skin-to skin-contact, abrasions, and cuts are three ways bacteria can spread.
- Sharing towels or athletic equipment.
- Having a weakened immune system.
- Living in crowded or unsanitary conditions.
Different modes of infection can have different signs and symptoms.
- Boils, abscesses, or furuncles — with these, the affected area may be swollen, red, tender or painful, and have draining or pus
- Cellulitis — a potentially life-threatening infection that can leave the skin inflamed and tender. Its symptoms include a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot. It most often occurs on the lower legs, but it can occur anywhere.5
- Impetigo — this is a rash common in young children and infants. It looks like red sores that pop easily and leave a yellow crust.6 It usually goes away on its own in two to three weeks.
- Scalded-skin syndrome — this is a blistering condition that mainly affects newborns and children under the age of five. It presents as large areas of the body with blisters and redness. Large areas of the skin may peel or fall away.
Signs of each of the above conditions will generally include skin redness, swelling, fever, warmth in the area, and tenderness.
Staph infections of the skin are contagious, so careful hygiene is a must when caring for someone with one.1
Other Conditions Caused by Staph
Symptoms usually begin as soon as six hours after eating, and can end suddenly. Most people fully recover after a day or two. The most common symptoms of food poisoning are abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
People with food poisoning are not contagious because you can't transmit the toxins from one person to another.1
Toxic Shock Syndrome
- High fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Rash that resembles sunburn on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
- Muscle aches
This most often occurs in menstruating women using tampons.1
Usually the knees are targeted, but other joints such as ankles, hips, wrists, elbows, and shoulders can be affected by the bacteria. The symptoms are swelling and severe pain in the joint, fever, and shaking chills.1
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
- Starts as a superficial skin issue that resembles a pimple or spider bite
- Quickly turns into a deep, painful abscess
- In surgical wounds, the signs are severe pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes draining pus
- In general, the signs can include fever, sweats, and chills
This is most often contracted by people who have recently spent time in or are spending time in health facilities.
Other symptoms may vary according to which parts of the body were infected, as the bacteria can enter the bloodstream, bones, heart lining, and lungs. Symptoms of MRSA infection in the lungs can also include pneumonia (coughing, shortness of breath, chest pains).
MRSA is contagious and most often spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected, or with something that has touched an infected person's skin.1
Staph Infection From a Bug Bite
Diagnosis and Treatment
Doctors can usually diagnose simple skin lesions caused by staph through a physical examination.1 For more serious infections or internal infections, doctors will diagnose by taking a tissue sample or nasal secretion. The sample is sent to a lab to check for bacteria growth and to determine what kind of antibiotics will be effective against it.
For many skin lesions, a topical antibiotic will be effective — possibly even one that can be purchased over-the-counter. Oral antibiotics will need to be prescribed in some cases, and for serious infections, intravenous antibiotics will be used.
Penicillin was once an effective antibiotic treatment against the staph bacteria, but the bacteria evolved quickly. After society had been using penicillin for just a decade, half of staph bacteria became resistant to the antibiotic, and now less than 10% of staph infections will respond to penicillin.7
Today, doctors use newer antibiotics, or a combination of antibiotics, in order to treat staph infections. One of these is vancomycin, which is a much stronger and more toxic antibiotic. Although vancomycin is effective in helping those who suffer severe staph infections, it is likely that the bacteria will evolve once again and become resistant to it. A few cases have already been recorded in which bacteria did not respond to vancomycin.1
You can lower your risk of getting a staph infection by using common-sense precautions.
- Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Keep wounds covered and clean.
- Watch the high-risk foods that you eat and avoid any foods that have not been stored and cooked properly.
- Reduce tampon risks by changing frequently (at least every 4-8 hours) or switching usage between tampons and sanitary pads.
- Keep your personal items personal by not sharing towels, sheets, razors, clothing, and athletic equipment.
- Get tested so that you have time to get treated in case you do have a staph infection.
- Be especially careful around people who play contact sports, have spent time in hospitals, or live in crowded areas (like nursing homes or dorm rooms).
Pets With Staph Infection
Yes, believe it or not, your pets can contract staph infections, just like you can.
Watch for excessive scratching, as that is the most common cause of staph infection in pets. Scratching can break the skin, which can provide the perfect opportunity for a staph infection. Other causes include fleas, inhalant allergy, food allergy, and flea and tick dips. All of these factors can enhance itching.
Watch for a red area on the skin that has a pimple-like bump in the middle. Sometimes staph infection can resemble ringworm. Most of the time it will appear as a crusty abrasion on your dog's belly. You might also notice that your pet has a fever, loss of appetite, exhibits symptoms of pain, or has pus-filled lesions.8
Your vet can diagnose infection in your dog or cat by making skin cultures or a biopsy, and can treat your pet.
Though the infection itself is not contagious from your pet to you, the bacteria itself can get into an open wound on your skin and cause a separate infection. Therefore, while treating your pet, be careful of any open wounds or scratches that you might have.9
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the advice in this article should in no way replace that of a licensed physician or veterinarian. Consult your doctor or veterinarian if you think that you or your pet might have a staph infection.
- Stöppler, Melissa Conrad MD. "Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)" Reviewed May 3, 2015. MedicineNet. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Calhoun Rice, Sandy. "Are Staph Skin Infections on the Rise?" July 26, 2013. HealthLine. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD. "Understanding Toxic Shock Syndrome -- the Basics." March 14, 2017. WebMD. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Mayo Clinic Staff. "Staph Infections." June 11, 2014. Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Mayo Clinic Staff. "Cellulitis." February 11, 2015. Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Martel, Janelle. Medically Reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI. "Impetigo." January 28, 2016. HealthLine. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Lowy, Franklin D. "Antimicrobial resistance: the example of Staphylococcus aureus." May 1, 2013. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- "Staph Infection in Dogs." (n.d.) PetMD. Accessed April 28, 2017.
- Ward, Ernest DVM. "Staphylococcal Dermatitis and Hypersensitivity in Dogs." December 12, 2008. VCA. Accessed April 28, 2017.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Kiara on August 23, 2018:
I’ve contracted MRSA unknowingly 5 weeks ago. It started out as a little cut on my lower left leg and right thigh. The cuts started getting itchy and became all red, painful and swollen one morning.
Didn’t know what it was initially so I tried local antiseptic creams but it only got WORSE. The cuts became boils. The pain was excruciating I could hardly walk or even sleep well. I was also afraid to head to the hospital to drain the pus out.
So I tried some home remedies which are working very well! Have tried castor oil/manuka honey with turmeric powder/colloidal silver/tea tree oil and trust me these are AMAZING at healing wounds. Do a quick Google about how they are able to get rid of MRSA and you’ll be glad these natural goodness exist!
Rae on June 08, 2018:
Black seed oil, Black seed, Africa black soap, Cold Compress Castor oil, Malukula Honey, Apple cider vienger, . Contacting a good wound doctor is very important". Bleach , does not kill Marsa, their is a chemial that does.
david on November 04, 2017:
I had masa on my temple and had to be taken to emergency surgery. it started as a pimple that would not pop but the more I picked at it the worst it got. One day I woke up in the middle of the night to find that my inter right eye was swollen shut and I could not move most of my lips.If I had not woken up according to the doctors the puss would have moved to my brain and kill me so thank god I woke up
Judith on July 30, 2017:
I was scratched on my arm Friday by one of our healthy chickens. Two days later it's red and swollen. I'm very tired and have a slight headache. I never have headaches. Could I have contracted an infection!
Sonja on February 11, 2017:
Hi Alexander Pritchard:
I have the same staphylococcus infection on my left foot for 6 months too. No doctor I have seen thus far can really figure this infection cure out. I have been on cylindomysin and pencilin. I am now turning to an Iodine foot bath. It seems to help a little but I can not find anything else to do to date. I have been prescribed every cream in America. Nothing helps... Please let me know if you have found any relief...Thank You-
Sara Lamont on January 15, 2017:
lve suffered from a ulcerated leg twice now, l believe it was when l went swimming in a bad area of a river and cut my foot on a oyster she'll, as it is repairing, lve noticed small hard small balls of skin forming, does anybody know what has caused this?
Alexander Pritchard on January 14, 2017:
I've had a staphylococcus infection on my feet for 7 months. I take Flucloxacillin 500 mg , 4 x daily.
It heals to a certain point ,but, when I am finished the course , the infection returns to its normal state.
I lose most of the skin on & in between my toes ,as well as under them. The pain is unbearable @ times.
I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis , psoriasis based arthritis ,eczema , & other illness's.
As the infections tries to heal , the skin dries & cracks & despite using powerful moisturizers , refuses to heal properly.
As you can imagine ,life with all my other problems ,was hard enough ,with all the pain etc. Even the morphine I take for my Arthritis doesn't help the pain in my feet.
I can't wear shoes or walk more than a couple of yards , its just too painful. At least I have my wheelchair to help.
Any advice or ideas would be appreciated ! My doctors ,well , the just don't know what to do ,except keep giving me ,the same antibiotics & sending me to dermatology ,to get the same old speech.
Hubpages@Luther1 on November 25, 2016:
I had what I thought was a spider bite on my arm at the wrist area. In a matter of a couple days it became bigger around and the little whitehead in the middle was getting puffy. I notice a raised welt going toward the center of my arm. I squeezed the area and all that swelling was pus that came out of the arm and that raised area went down. Went to Dr and she didn't think it was a bite and gave me a sulfa drug. One month later (today) I notice the same beginning of the same thing in the exact location on the other arm! A small round red area with a whitehead looking center to it. I have heard something about skin cancers that do this but my mother also happens to have been and still is in a nursing home for 5 yrs now. She has a feeding tube and also has MRSA in her lungs as well as a couple other colonized bacterias. Not sure if I got MRSA from her as I am in contact with her trach tube etc that she has and he sputum. I do try to always wear gloves and was hands constantly but may have not done so one or twice in 5 yrs. Would it cause a bite looking spot that will fill with pus and then go away? And at the exact spot on the other inside wrist area. I am sure if you measured it, it would be the same spot since putting wrists next to one another it is matching with the old spot still remaining from the first one ? Dr had no clue but said come back if the sulfa drug didn't work. Doesn't give me confidence!
Tammy on October 07, 2016:
I have had 14 surgeries since June 5th for merssa and staff and still fighting this I have had at least 14 weeks of iv antibiotics and still having problems and facing 2/3 surgeries and fixing to go back to the hospital for 3 more spots that have came up and chest pains this is a awful way to live I have a husband and a 8yr old son and scared to death I'm not going to live through this
Marty Miracle on September 06, 2016:
I have a cellulitis with staph being treated with six weeks at home IVs. My doctor said I should not be around my dog. He is a chihuahua. He is bathed routinely. He has slept with since he was a puppy.
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Sarah on February 16, 2015:
I have scabs from acne that are healing over, Im on Accutane, and my dermatologist decided to take a culture of an especially dry, scabbed area of my lips, and it came back that I have MRSA. However, the scab on my lip is not hurting, swollen, really red, full of pus or any of the other symptoms of MRSA. Why do I not have any symptoms? And how likely is it going to get somewhere where it can do damage? How long does it take for it to do damage? I'm scared. I'm only 16 and I don't want to die.
Rebecca from USA on May 28, 2013:
My 7 year old nephew passed away from a MSRA infection that became septic. MSRA is no joke. I think this hub was well thought out and very informative.
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on November 06, 2012:
Excellent hub...voted up and useful and shared. My husband has diabetes and, therefore, is susceptible to infection. He is currently hospitalized due to a MRSA infection that came on very suddenly. People need to be aware of the symptoms and get immediate attention as soon as they suspect there is a problem.
amithak50 from India on May 08, 2012:
I really enjoyed the article...Thanks for the nice information
Pet owner on April 29, 2012:
My dog has MRSA, and it is most definitely possible to contract MRSA (or staph in general) from your pet. Both our vet and our physician confirmed that we "humans" must be vigilant to wear gloves, sterilize, and sanitize when in contact with our dogs wounds, bedding, or anything that comes into contact with the wounds. We also have to restrict exposure to small children, elderly, or otherimmuno-compromised individuals. Great article, but it is indeed possible to contract this from your pet.
Sinea Pies from Northeastern United States on March 29, 2012:
My husband had a really close call with MRSA. He had a bug bite that developed into a very inflamed elbow. Good thing his doctor was out of town. We went to the hospital, fully expecting to get a prescription and leave. They immediately admitted him, concerned that they might not be able to save his arm! Totally scary. After a week in the hospital, the antibiotic that they created for him did the job.
colene on March 26, 2012:
I had no idea until now that MRSA is what I contracted when I had a c section. My doctor led me to believe that it was "odd" that i had this bad infection that put me in the hospital 3 extra days. Never once was I told it was mrsa but now when i think about the weird way he was acting that he probably knew that was what it was!! Luckily we called right in and told them my fever spiked 10 minutes after i left the hospital.
billie on February 11, 2012:
my mother has mrsa. shes a very bad diabetic and her leg is turning black. i seen boils coming up and i thought it was diabetic ulsers.but i was wrong. she is right not in icu. and they are telling me that the antibiotics are not working. im very scared. i learned yesterday that it was staph. please if any of you have ran into anything like this please pray.
chan on January 18, 2012:
Can you get staph from dogs and cats? My son has had it 3 times and hes not even two yet :( im scared to death. Please help!@
sfcaps on December 21, 2011:
My mother had a diagnosed staph infection on the back of her leg that eventually ate a whole all the way to the bone. It was treated and the hole closed. However, she is now having a lot of pain in the leg - it sometimes comes on suddenly in sharp, stabbing like feelings. Could this mean the infection was not completely gone?
bologna on October 19, 2011:
what is the best colloidal silver to buy. I saw one an amzon should i get that one? I have an open lanced boil that is mrsa positive is it ok to put in the small open area that was lanced???. I really want to get rid of it b/c I just had a baby & I breast feed him. I would die if my newborn or sons got this crap. My husband had it & i cleaned I cleaned everything very well & I still got. it.
janer55 from Portland, Oregon on October 12, 2011:
I had a c-section 31 years ago and now and then, very little I will get a red raised area near my c-section, that itches,maybe a small head, but goes away. This time I randomly decided to spray Collodill Silver and thru the night the entire raised area flattened and there were 5 raised ,hard, elongated bumps, that in a day oozed pus and all along I sprayed with Silver, and it has been 4 days and I have very small red, slightly crusted spots remaining with no pus. Healed fast. I must have "unearthed" so to speak, the staph lingering from all those years ago. I believe I have it in my system and I could take blood cleansers (natural) and also Colloidal Silver internally and give me more vibrant health than I have had probably for 31 years. Intrigues me.I am a health nut and firmly beleive a reputable herbal company can get RID of virus's that anti-biotics admittedly can't touch,only the subsequent infection at BEST. It could be the underlying condition for recent aches and pains in my joints and ligaments. My last word is get********* COLLOIDAL SILVER**********, the silver particles smother the virus and kill it. Use topically on outbreak and internally for where it lyes within.
Holly Lee Stradley on September 14, 2011:
I'm beginning to think I have MRSA. I went to the doctor and got two inflamed "zith things" popped yesterday and I'm on anti biotics. I really hope this shit goes away..
yooper on September 01, 2011:
my son christian is 8 years old acouple weeks ago he got these boil kinda bumps on his thighs, they popped them and took cultures, they were red inflammed they put him on bactrim they said the culture was negative for mrsa he finnished his bactrim fully. they went away and all the sudden he had another one appear on his butt he had to have it drained by his family doctor. i told him the marquette general hospital, said it was negative they never called me i had to bring him somewhere else to see if it was that but they got the results from the hospital and didn't push it now im waiting to see if these ones show up poistive he started bactrim once again. and tonight hes devolping a cough and sayin his throat really hurts do i bring him in to get him checked cause i see people with mrsa can have devolpe a cough can someone help me out im so scared for him i almost lost my life giving birth to my daughter feb 11 2010 and suffered a uterous infection after her birth also collapsed lung. i don't want anything to happen to my son.. i hate seeing my children in pain and holding his hand while he screams having these things broke.. i don't know if i can take the heart ache anymore... email@example.com.. i need someone to talk too... that has dealt with this..
Scott on August 03, 2011:
My case was pretty advanced before I realized what it was. Being into health my strategy was clear. I needed natural things that kill bacteria! My strategy was chewing and swallowing raw organic garlic, taking supercritical neem extract, using DMSO (you MUST educate your self about this tool first!) And finally plenty of sunlight. Not much sun where I live so I used my turtle light that replicates sunlight as best as possible. Two days in and all my symptoms are reversing! I will keep this up until I am completely in the clear and the scabs on my legs are gone. I would also make fresh veggie juice and drink lots of water to help your body flush out the toxins. Having psoriasis doesn't help =(
Makaela on July 28, 2011:
I have Mrsa and staph currently and I also have asthma. My mom called Ask a nurse fifteen min. ago to see if it's affecting my lungs because I am becoming horribly sick in my lungs and a really bad cough I've went to the doctor and she gave me pills for mrsa, Z-pack, and a cough pill but only the pill to help my skin mrsa has worked.
richard on July 25, 2011:
Grandson in hospital. spot on lung. Bugs comeing out of spot. Any help on this, information. please help. Thank you.
lifechanging on July 22, 2011:
Try making colloidal silver, it works and it doesn't kill your good bacteria while trying to kill staph. You can go online and look up how to make my own colloidal silver. Anyone with any disease should be on it, because it's a natural antibiotic. The most important thing is when you make your own make sure you don't make the parts per million to strong and the only way to do so is by looking at the color and the time you have the silver charging. Slight yellow should be 1-3 ppm, urine yellow 4-6, strong yellow with out black tent is good 7-10 ppm.Make sure the silver is stamped .999 on it if not don't use it because it has another metal or minerial in it that would be toxic for your body. Now I drank this all day long with out eating anything and when I got home from work I took hydrogenproxide and let it sit in my mouth for 20 mins, it killed all the bad bacteria in my mouth then spit it out.Then at night before bed I took goldenseal extract under my tongue and I took distealed water and mixed it with golden seal extract put it in two diff. size pills. I know confusing, put the goldenseal inside the smaller one and covered the empty larger one over it . I did this so the gs extract would pass past my stomach acids and I would receive most of all of the goldenseal. Note if you need to eat while doing this for two weeks take fruit and blend it in a blender. Why blend it, your body will use less energy because you have broken the food down already. Now my symptoms started going away the first week but it took two weeks for it to all dye. At the end of the two weeks take 50 billion trans of good bactria you can buy it at any health food store. With that said I totally got rid of staph. Now I'm no doctor but I have read up on methods Drs use today, how its treated and its biological make up, this was my way. It makes perfect sense amp up your immune system and brake down the harmful bacteria so your body can get better. I hope this works for you because I know the struggles staph causes! ; ) Note I'm no doctor just a little smart have to say this for liability purposes
paul oFlaherty on July 20, 2011:
Hi All,thought i too would add a few details regarding staph.I picked up this infection after training about 4 weeks,i had never heard of it before,and didn't know what it was.A felow person informed me i ought to go hopital as i had what i thought were insect bites on my arms.I went to hospital straight away and was given a crs of antibiotics for 7 days.It freaked me out reading into it on internet,and was not sure if i was gonna go back to the gym or not?.Leading up to this i was showering 3 times a day but just using normal soaps and shower gell.I decided to go back training as this was the reason i came thialand for.But this time armed with a detol spray bottle,anti bacterial hand cream and detol antibacterial shower gell,-this is a must,please take my advice.Sprayed every mat i used there after and showered straight after sessions using the detol shower gell and regularly using the detol hand cream and didn't have any further problems,protect urself and others,i learned the hard way! regards Paul
Kevin M on July 13, 2011:
I am 14 years old. And in may it started to hurt when ever I sat. I dismissed this, but 2 days later it hurt a lot more so I looked at my butt with a small mirror and found a lump the size of half a golf ball next to my anus, I went the doctor and he said it was an abscess, so after many sitz baths filled with Epsom salts to try to pop it on its own, which didn't work, I had to get it lanced. After surgery they said when they drained it there was a plum size cave under my skin where the bacteria had been eating away at. The scar still hasn't fully healed due to the wound being the size of a plum. And last June I got it again however the wound was still open so I was able to take some Clyndamycin and took bleach sitz baths (where the bleach could actually get inside the wound) and it was gone very quickly however I think I have it again,(and the doctors are pretty sure it's mrsa) and my question is,
1. Am I lucky to have gotten mrsa the size of a plum next to my anus, not have gotten any sort of fevers or anything, and just being overall good, and
2. When will this thing just go away!!?!?!? I mean I was able to get bleach into the wound where the infection was for gods sake!!!!! And it's back for a third time! I'm rubbing ointment on it and taking showers once a day including another shower after every bowel movement, so what else can I do? I really don't want to have this again my first months of high school. Please help.
Bre on July 11, 2011:
A patient with mrsa exhaled into my face right as I was taking a breath. Can MRSA be contracted this way???
Dixie on May 24, 2011:
I am just trying to find out of MSRA can cause seizures but I can not find anything out there. My husband has had seizures like activity for 2 yrs now just find out he has msra and wondered if this could be the cause. They have not be able to determine why the seizures take place he has them every 3 months is sick with them for like 3 days then after the 7th day feels no impact form them until another 3 months. He feels like this think he is crazy because they have found no reason for them to be happening. Now that we found out he has msra we just wonder if it can effect the brain in a way to cause seizures. HELP!
SpottyBum on May 21, 2011:
Ive get the bum spots / boils and they are horrid! I can feel them actually grow! I've had them for 4years and I am so over it! Horrible big welts that get so sore you can't even sit down... Have been on lots of different antibotics and now on my second course of Trisul (two active ingredients, trimethoprim and sulphamethoxazole). I use a surgical hand scrub on my bum and never use the same towel twice ... They seem as though they are spreading to my inner thighs ... bloody awful. Wish I could get something that works!!!!
BasketFresh on May 11, 2011:
MRSA can live outside the body, in the air or on surfaces, for up to 48 hours.
I saw that this question was asked several times, and I wanted to be helpful. =)
Lyn on April 22, 2011:
In order to rid the body of MRSA internally, take Tumeric (available in capsule form from health store), and sovereign or colloidal silver (health store also). Take them both according to directions. For external cleansing, use Borax in the laundry, and Mr. Clean multi-Surface cleaner (leave on items cleaned for 8-10 minutes)for surfaces.
Bj in Ga. on April 20, 2011:
I also contacted mrsa in the medical field, first oubreak was on my labia, took to rounds of antibiotics to get rid of it. Was hospitalized twice last year had a cardioversion and an abalazion. Hospitalized this year had a heart cath, now i have a second outbreak below my left eye the size of a quarter, am on docicylcline. Cyst is very hard swollen and painful!! Seems like it is spreading onto my temple area. Should the cyst need to come out ?
Defender on April 10, 2011:
I got a penile staph infection since 8months .urinary culture showed heavy started treating with different antibiotics like cipro,levoflaxin,erthromycin,ampliox,norbartin,peflacin.etc the infection became modrate.still been on treatment nothing seems to be working i need help.am considering taking allicin tablets heard its effective.pls i need advise
karen on April 08, 2011:
I want to Thank everyone that has a comment on MRSA, I contracted MRSA almost two years ago,Im not real sure on how I worked in an occupation where cuts and scrapes occur,and a lot of bacteria is present(sportfishing),which I contractedfist staph which was trated with amoxicilin numerous times, then being out of that occupation I continued having outbreaks, finally I sucimbed to a seizure and landed in the hospital wityh a cracked head that was stiched up 1 week after Iwas admitted with a 108 degree fever and lapsed into a oma for 4 weeks i was on life support as the MRSA colonized in my heart ad brek off the heart valve into my brain cause 35-45 mini strokes,gengreen(sp.) in both hands and feet, endocarditis, and everything else bad, Please if not fo yyour own safety but of oters as well sanitize, sanitize,sanitize! I wouldn't wish this on anyone 3 months in hospital, lots of vancomycin, 1year of physical therapy from the strokes Im okay, but it almost killed me Thanks to God, and the doctors.Im still here.
Mike on March 20, 2011:
I get them a lot, ive got 3 at once at the moment, and have had them before, if you put enough heat on them you can pop them like a pimple.the heat draws out the infection and make it into head. just gotta make sure everything is extra sterile.
Goimurph on March 16, 2011:
I was in Hawaii on vacation when I noticed a strange rash on my arms, legs and neck. Not sure if this has anything to do with this, but it was odd, and scaley. I then had a zit on my arm....so of course, I popped it. Then it started to infect. The infection grew hard, painful, inflamed and fast. The morning we were to fly home I was scared. I didn't know what it was, but knew it was happening fast, and I couldn't raise my arm without pain. As soon as returning home, I was seen by my dr. He agreed I had a bacterial infection and put me on keflex. The following evening it went from my shoulder to my elbow and I was in bed screaming from the pain. The following morning I went to the er. I had cellulitis, they opened it and put in a wik. They put me on bactrim and vicodin. Friends, who are nurses were shocked that I wasn't admitted or put on vancomycin. I went back in 2 days and they took the wik out, and said "did anyone tell you that you tested positive for MRSA? Uh.....NO! The nurse told me not to worry and that people overreact to it. No big deal. She asked me twice if I'd seen a surgeon....WHY? Two days later I called my dr. He put me on tetracycline with the bactrim. And diflucan for the yeast infection.....yay... He didn't want to see me.
It has been healing, but it has been over two weeks since I got this, over a week since it started to heal... I am still exhausted, cant drive or take a shower without being exhausted. The muscles in the back of my legs hurt, my brain is fried...I cant find my way to places I go all the time, I can't excersize, if I try to do anything I am sick in the bathroom, I am dizzy and am short of breath when talking for long periods....WHY??????????????? Please help me
diane on February 19, 2011:
I'm a healty diabetic, age 65, with no symptoms or complications of diabetes. I went to the hospital for eye surgery two days ago.
The nurse tried 3 times to get the IV into the back of my hands. When I suggested I come back another day, they finally got someone competent to do it. The first nurse kept wiping her nose on the back of her hand, and touching my hands.She said she had allergies. I asked another nurse to get her to stop or wash.
Now, I expected bruising on my hands, and there is one small blue bruise. What concerns me is two very dark pink areas on my skin today, where two of the IVs went in, and now spreading over about half of the back of my hand. It doesn't hurt. Could this be staph? There is no blister.
ChristineVianello from Philadelphia on February 18, 2011:
Being a medical assistant, I am completely surprised how many people come in with staph infection or MRSA. It can be scary to see people with these ozzing wounds.
magicthe on February 16, 2011:
Very informative ; you have covered a lot of points here. Thanks for Hub about MRSA
luno on February 08, 2011:
Few things you should know about MRSA, it feeds on the sugars in your body, also it produces a lot of acid as a defense to keep your immune system from killing it, so if your really concerned about this get on a good low or slow carb diet and neutralize the acid in your body and your immune system will keep it out of your body.
the high acid levels in your body from MRSA is what makes you tired and creates a lot of problems for you
todd on January 16, 2011:
if u have mrsa in your nose and it drains in your sleep and some is swallowed is it something to worry about?
sonia on January 15, 2011:
I just lost my mom in march due to mrsa she had staf bact and she got septic and cholecystitis just from getting her gallbladder removed. she had what they call a pic line and the nurses never washed their hands or put gloves on all they did was put sanitizer on their hands when they came in the room and left the room she was in the hospital from feb 15 to march 12 the day she died so always keep your hands clean she actually died of blood poisining but she had all the above. they put her on a life support for a few days trying to get her body stronger but instead the oppisite happen i miss my mom so much and the sad part is she had copd and that is not what she died of. so always tell your healtcare providers to wash their hands and don't be afraid to like i was. god is good
Lisa on January 15, 2011:
Great hub! Funny how people who have never had it tend to heady and detached, but I guess that's human nature. Me and hubby both had it and it was absolutely the most surreal experience ever. Not sure how we got it. During this time there was a rash of illnesses circulating during the winter among friends and work (esp. some long-lasting bronchitis where the cough along with a very congested chest rattle lasted for 2-4 months among them and a few had viral pneumonia).
Started out as a pimple on my back, thought I hit it on a lazy chair by sitting back too fast so I thought it would go away. This little regular sized pimple turned into a throbbing hot cyst the size of an oreo cookie. For him, pimple on his arm turned into a pretty big cyst about the same size. Doc prescribed a round of Zpack, Keflex, 2 shots in the butt each, had an MD who also believed in homeopathic medicine so he gave me several nutrients as well to build back up my adrenals and thyroid glands which were affected I felt as if I could barely take one step, keep balance and when I did take it step it felt like my feet were weighted down and hard to move. This was followed by a couple of blood tests and cultures of the cysts which had now began to drain so thank god we didn't have to have them surgically drained. What drained out I almost wish the doctor had seen it and not me. Doctor told us that she had not seen cysts that bad before - I was glad her facial expression didn't reflect that when she examined us. Later, after we had recovered, she told us she went home that night after examining us and had a glass of wine -- she says she doesn't drink. We were told by the doc not to share ANY utensils while we were still being treated (we went to paper cups, plates, etc.) and keeping everything really sanitized at home - washing the sheets/pillowcases, etc. more than usual to keep it from going back and forth between us - especially when those awful cysts drain through the gauze at night/hot cloths on the cysts assist in draining along with neosporin type ointment after each draining - had to drain them 2-3x day, sometimes just regular movement would cause a lot of draining especially when in the shower where hot water would assist in draining. Cleaned the shower after each of us were in it, Clorox bleach, etc.
It hit me harder than it hit him and I was down for 2 months straight. The cyst discharge was horrendous - I wont describe it, but you can google and that's basically what it looked like for both of us. Cyst started out the size of a pimple and grew to the size of oreo cookie first light pink, then progressed to red, then progressed to purple-ish and oozing, throbbing, hot and extremely extremely painful - we both had high fevers, fatigue and just felt like we were going to drop any minute, fatigued like crazy. Almost like pneumonia, just moving your arm and your winded. Neither of us told the other how bad we felt because it was just such an abnormally odd feeling. Odd thing is the cyst had what looked like a blackhead spot on it but drained from a completely different hole. That black spot never drained anything. Not trying to scare you but give you heads up IF you see it - it isn't anything to joke about when it happens to you or someone you love.
We never thought it would happen to us and we didn't really know what it was even after first hearing we had it. Had to read up a lot on what it is and sort out the false from the true. I used to be a very huggy person, like to hug people all the time, having had MRSA makes me double-think and then triple-think before I do because it is taking me awhile for my immune system to rebuild.
concernedflorida on December 29, 2010:
The school and the health dept called last month to alert us about a child who may have had whooping cough. Since any kid who might have been near that one could have contracted it, they insisted every child get a dose of antibiotics right away just in case. The child is still in school we believe (that is coughing and said he had it). This was over 100 kids told to go get antibiotics. Seems all I've done to keep my family healthy gets knocked anyway by the paranoia and now an adult who hasn't seen the inside of a hospital for over 30 years, has MSRA.
concernedflorida on December 29, 2010:
Signed up just to say that I found this hub due to researching an ingrown toenail.Aside from required routine physicals for my driving job,it's been many years since any need for a doctor and not to the hospital since I was a child. I do not go to gyms or pools. I had my children with a midwife.The few times in my early years I needed antibiotics, I absolutely finished them.I generally use plain soap and water. I am NOT an antiseptic/antibiotic queen. Vitamins is it. I am very healthy, have had very few problems in my lifetime, and do not take any other medications at 30 something. When a toenail became an issue, I allowed the podiatrist to remove the sidenail. Two months later, it started acting like it was growing from the incision point and a return trip had it lanced. I keep my outdoor and indoor sneakers only separate and clean. I wear socks and long pants on a regular basis, even in the house. With a now thought to be merca case, Bactrim was prescribed and it is healing very slowly. I'm now concerned for my family and everyone around me. Since it so rare for me to take meds or go to a doctor, I believe this came from the podiatrist office. I wish now I had continued to rely on natural medicine. I've been told the overuse of anitbiotics in others sneezing, etc could have caused this. All I can say is, if this can happen to me, there's more out there and yes, it is a concern.
beebs86 on December 17, 2010:
I had MRSA just over a month ago. At first i also thought it was a pimple inside of my right nostril. I noticed it on a monday, i thought it was maybe an ingrown hair but wednesday my nostril was huge, red, hot to the touch and extremely painful. At this point i thought it was a spider bite. I had never felt pain like this before---even during child birth. I went to the doctor that wednesday and they thought it was staph. i was given 2 shots in my butt then given ointment pain medicine and Keflex. By friday the swelling had not gone down and the pain was still intense and the redness started to turn purple! I went to the E.R. with my husband, they did a culture but said it would take a few days so they had to make a decision that it was MRSA bc they said it could've spread to my brain and was life threatening. I was admitted to the ER and the next morning i had surgery on the abcess inside my nose. They gave me stitches and a drain tube was left in my nose for a wk. Later it was confirmed MRSA! I believe i got this from a resident where i work. I JUST found out this resident has MRSA. There are no hazard signs, no1 told me she had this... Idk if i am goin2 have MRSA forever. the doc said i have2 wait and see if it comes back! I wonder if i can sue the company i work for?? It seems crazy to me that they didn't tell me and i couldve lost my life over this.
whatever on November 05, 2010:
OK, has anyone had an issue with the pus from the "pimple" smelling like crap? literally? I have a small pimple/ingrown hair or whatever it is, but it has a pus that really smells horrible. Is that a sign?
maggie on November 03, 2010:
i am not sure about staph but since mrsa is a strand of staph u could try this... get some lysol antibacterial spray, bleach mix with water, comet with bleach and spray down everything, that's what i have been doing ever since i found out that my son had it and me and my boyfriend, wipe down and spray everything, since its a bacteria it can be anywhere you touch. with that said i have a question for anyone that may be able to help, two days ago i felt a bump forming underneath my left nostril and thought it was just a pimple, but now its all red around it and swolen and even the whole left side of my lip is swolen, feels like i have a migraine constantly all throughout my head and even the back part of my neck, i feel like i have fatigue, mild nauciousness, severe lack of appetite and my jawbone on the left side and my ears hurt as well... any answers would be greatly appreciated and as for what i said earlier too, if i have been spraying everything down with lysol and bleach and everything, how is it possible that this may be another outbreak??? thanx for your time!!!
doeadeer on October 18, 2010:
Wow, I have seen many questions here, and not one 'answer'. I have recurring staph, on my face! It's horrible! I've had an outbreak next to my left eye, then later, my right eye. They put me in the hospital for Vancomyicn IV, as it is dangerous that it is that close to my brain. It keeps coming back.
I can't find any FREE information as to how I can fight this so it doesn't keep coming back. Last time in the ER, I'd ask "What can I do to prevent this" (like, eat certain things, certain vitamins, etc. etc.) The stupid nurse just kept saying "It's the gift that keeps on giving"! THAT'S NOT AN ANSWER!
Do they (Doctors) just not know what to do...or is it some big secret? There are people on the internet selling books and holistic advice...I don't have the money! I have to pay out of pocket every time I have to go to the ER. I have no doctor, as I have no insurance.
I'm SO SICK OF THIS!
If anybody can find any advice as to how to PREVENT these outbreaks...I would SO appreciate it if you would share....Thanks
Maggie on October 07, 2010:
I just found out last week that my 2 yr old son has mrsa, my friend was born with a rare form of ichtheosis that is from head to toe, she has had six outbreaks in the past year with mrsa, she came over during an outbreak and i had no idea how serious mrsa was or even what it was. she came over to visit and asked me to feel the lump in her finger and i told her i talked to my mama and she said it was contagious so i said no im not touching that. a month ago i had a spider bite that i believe because she came over during an outbreak and didn't inform me of the necessary precautions that i got mrsa, my boyfriend a week later got bit by a spider outside the home but it turned into staff infection, my doctor and the er failed to take a culture, (idiots) my doctor didn't even really look at mine but for a sec... they were gonna get a culture from my boyfriend but couldn't due to the fact it had already scabbed up, (bull) (they could have), now my son had on his arm what we thought to also be a spider bite and they took a culture and it is mrsa, my friend that came over during her outbreak and has severe ichtheosis, her skin cells shed 10 times that of a normal skinned human being, in short, she looks scaly and her skin falls off everywhere all the time, my question is this... is it a major possibility due to the fact that the bacteria lives on the skin and shes had 6 outbreaks in the past year alone that when she knowingly came to visit and regretted to inform me at all about mrsa that she spread it in my household knowingly and didn't care? i am sure that she knew all about it... due to the fact that wherever she goes she leaves skin everywhere, could that make the bacteria spread quicker? now my 2 yr old lil angel has it and i am very worried, i know what i need to do to try to prevent him or us from having another outbreak thanx to the internet and doctors and all of you ;) my son was allergic to the antibiotic they gave him and the only other option because hes soo young is either a different antibiotic or an iv, the antibiotic i have to start tomorrow is also used for rocky mountain spider tick fever (or somethin like that) and can turn his teeth permanently yellow even after he loses his baby teeth, i have been stressed and very upset that my so-called friend would do this to us and not even consider how serious it is, my boyfriend keeps comparin it to the flu, pisses me off, i told him to read up on it, anyway, thanx for any feedback, it would be greatly appreciated!!!
Randy on August 28, 2010:
Last month, I took a nasty fall in the street, cut open my knee and wound up with a staph infection that was diagnosed as MRSA. Dr. gave me antibiotic ointment 3x a day for 10 days and oral antibiotics. Dr. said the best medicine to treat this would be Keflex but since I am allergic to Penicillin, I could not take it because there is a 10% cross-over between the 2 medications. I took Minocycline for 10 days which made me feel even sicker. I was constantly nauseous, had the chills and could not sleep at night. It was like I had insomnia. I felt horrible. Have been off the antibiotics for 2 days and can finally sleep now. My knee is looking better but the pain is very bad to the touch. Does anyone know how you can confirm if MRSA is out of your system?
Katherine on August 27, 2010:
As we speak, I have a bump on my thigh. I have been in and out of the hospital with my brother, so I have probably been exposed. At first, I thought the bump was a little pimple. It's bigger now, but that could be from where I can't stop touching it through my pants. I have diarreah and possibly a fever, but I am not positive. My mom had mrsa about three years ago and was sick for months. How likely is it that I have mrsa? Should I get it checked ASAP? I would feel ridiculous going to the hospital if it was just a pimple and nothing more.
Okie Sherri on August 12, 2010:
I got a staph infectio(Boil) on my army, the Doc gave me antibiotic and cream to put on it and up my noise. It went away and came back on my other army.I have ben using Clorox Wipes, Antibacterial Soap Bleach Water ever where in my house.
1.HOW DO I KEEP THIS FROM COMEING BACK ON MY BODY?
2.HOW DO I GET THE STAPH OUT OF MY BODY?
3.THE ANTIBIOTIC THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME WAS BACKTRAM D.S.
DO I NEED A DIFFANT ANTIBIOTIC?
v on August 03, 2010:
Hi all, I recently had MRSA and a couple skin infectiona after (I am on accutane and that lowers your immune system)
In May, I had what looked like a zit in two places but overnight grew to 3 then 4 and in the end it was 8 quarter to the most infected one which was baseball sized..I had been running a fever always dizzy and they were painful to sleep on. I went to the 3 doctors all said it looked like MRSA ( because of how aggressive it was spreading) I had to leave to chicago and that day I felt so ill and my nodes near a lesion were huge, I had a fever and was in extreme pain. Ended up in the hospital and the test was positive... I had to stay overnight because the antibiotics were just not enough for my body to fight it and I needed an IV. It healed and since I have had a couple small things...but I just use clynimyclin.
uptown20pink on July 19, 2010:
Shellebelle-Im motivated to share my story because of your post. Since my issue isn't resolved Im not sure how much help I will be though.
The end of April I got an infected hair close to my groin but closer to my genitals. I had been shaving that region since I was 16. I'm 26 now. This infected hair was the worst I had ever had. It was swollen to the point that I couldn't do my regular cardio at the gym. (I wonder if I picked this up from a gym somehow). I went to my gynocologist and he went ahead and used a scapel to drain it. It felt much better and my follow up appointment was one week later. At that time I felt a nodule near the area deep under the skin. He mistook it to be a swollen lymph node. I had taken a few days of Bactrim immidiately after the draining.
1 week later 3 to 5 pustules/absesses appeared. They were hard, swollen and drained. They drained a lot. I went back to the gynocologist and he drained and cultured. I had been on Augmentin at for a week at this point. Due to the antibiotics I had taken the culture came back negative. He gave me another round of Bactrim. It appeared to go away after two weeks of the Bactim and the dr cleared me. One week later it came back. I called the gynocologist and the nurse said not to worry about it (yeah right...!) so I went ot see my regular MD. He drained and cultured. In the mean time he started me on Clindamycin topical cream and Bactrim. He had me washing the area in dial soap and drying with a hair dryer on cool then applying cream. Lots of hot compresses.
I went back once I finished the antibiotics and the area had quit draining mostly but was still sore and not healed. He referred me to a plastic surgeon. Luckily I had a friend who was an Infectious Disease specialist...the best around. He gave me two weeks of Rifampin and Doxycylcine. I also got a positive culture back for staph on my last culture.
It has been two weeks since he cleared me and I finished the antibiotics. Two days ago the area became hard and started to drain again. Not a lot but this is the beginning. I have an appointment in a week to see the ID specialist again.
Im scared now that Im facing surgery or a PIC line with IV antibiotics. This has been going on all summer and I get really nervous and down about it. It affects my working out at the gym and my intimate activities with my boyfriend. I've been limited in getting out in the sun because the antibiotics Ive been on. I cant stop worrying about what is next.
Anyone else have any opinions?
kneve on July 19, 2010:
My dog has a sore on his chest the size of a dime. I thought maybe a squirrel got him but after seeing some of those pics I'm not sure. I got him as a rescue 8 days ago (he's a sweet pit bull) and he was "living" at his foster home in Nashville on a front porch w/a baby gate, so his underneath fur all came out leaving him completely bald and very sensitive pink skin, poor thing. His hair is starting to grow back like peach fuzz, but this bite is looking worse and now there's a rash under his armpit... could this be MRSA or staff?
Alexis on July 17, 2010:
@ yepers13. Chlorine dioxide may have limited effects if the infection is only on the skin, if it is in the lungs/blood stream/ect. it will be completely useless. Problem is that vancomyacin is a second level antibiotic, meaning it is only used if other antibiotics will not be effective on an infection. You should get your brother to talk to the doctor about methicillin, sometimes staph that are resistant to vancomyacin are still susceptible to methicillin. There are also some other possible treatments when antibiotics are no longer available, but they do require long-term treatment (usually 3-24 months, often in the hospital) to get rid of it.
Also, something I have not seen mentioned on this site that doctors are not very good about passing onto patients is that while taking vitamin supplements can be beneficial for some things, taking vitamin C while you are on an antibiotic can make the antibiotic ineffective.
yepers13 on July 14, 2010:
My brother is dying of MRSA. He's been on vancomyacin for almost two years. He got MRSA while on dialysis. The staph is now resistant to vancomyacin. Looking over websites I saw that a cheap mineral supplement called chlorine dioxide can attack MRSA from a different angle than antibiotics do. I've asked my brother's doctor is they know anything about chlorine dioxide and they said no. The website says pharmaceutical companies don't want this getting out because it can kill their business. Can any HONEST, doctor, nurse, caregiver or anybody post any information on any success they might have had using chlorine dioxide on bacterial infections, especially MRSA? I don't have much time and I would like to get my brother to try it but he's afraid it will react with his meds. I read it doesn't.
Kim on July 11, 2010:
My puppies were diagnosed with MRSA when they were 6 weeks old, my vet thinks its from overuse of antibiotics. We lost 5 out of the 6 puppies within days from the pneumonia. Our first dog became ill in Januaray, we think they caught it at a dog show. Its so sad people take their dogs out when they are obviously ill with no regard for other peoples animals. It was really a shame to lose such beautiful healthy pups after watching them thrive for 6 weeks then to see them die over a matter of 3-5 days. The puppy that survived is doing well and hopefully will be ok with no long term problems. Dogs can absolutely get MRSA, our pups had MRSA and a resistant E coli strain as well.
Kmg1228 on July 08, 2010:
I was told that MSRA cannot be spread from one person to another in swimming pools due to the chemicals being able to kill it. Anyone know if this correct or myth?
RemmieRat4ever on July 07, 2010:
I volunteer at a nursing home, and I've seen some pretty disgusting looking skin diseases and conditions, Including Mrsa. I've also seen cases of SCABIES, and shingles.. None of it is pretty.
dr tasleem arif on July 06, 2010:
nice topic on staph and MRSA .I had a patient in the ward with massive rt pleural effusion.first we suspected malignancy as the patient was a chain smoker ,male,70year old.pleural fluid examination revealed MRSA.He drastically responded to vancomysin[i.v] then to oral linezolid.Now his CXR is crystal clear.
Shellebelle on July 05, 2010:
I first had what I thought was a pimple on my back. I went to see my regular doctor, who was not in that day. The other doctor I saw thought it was an infected cyst. They removed it from my back. Approximately a week later I got what I thought was a pimple on my forehead. After 3 days it started draining, both my eyes were swollen and then my entire face became swollen. My doctor by then had me take a swab and found out it was MRSA. I was placed on antibiotics and the nasal swab. My boyfriend then developed it in his armpit and since he has diabetes he was watched closely. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis so my immune system in compromised. I now have what I believe is another outbreak near my genital region. It was first the small bumps which I thought had gone away, however now it has grown into a huge nodule, which is warm and very painful. I have been unable to sleep for almost 2 weeks. Has anyone ever heard of someone having MRSA near their genitalia? HELP???
mute on June 23, 2010:
do they poke u wit anything
Meli on June 16, 2010:
My boyfriend thinks I am being paranoid, that I am worried about his mother living with us who has MRSA. She just left the hospital after less than 5 days and even though she is a really great person she is not the brightest. Im 6 months pregnant and really worried that I am going to be infected or my unborn child or my 8 year old. Am I just paranoid. I don't think so.
ray on June 12, 2010:
Mrsa has effected me,girlfriend,both my daughters,son sisters mother friends I believe it all started when my mother was helping with lifelong friends dying mother who was infected by mrsa which I had no idea 5 years ago we've been thru surgery and all that come with mrsa plus poverty living in Detroit mrsa is my icing on are lovely cake main thing is keep fighting the shit or you'll die or worse ur kids get informed and when u see a sign of mrsa attack it as fast as it would at u
SouthTxCowgirl on June 11, 2010:
My husband had gotten MRSA back in november and had to have surgery. Since then he has had it 5 more times. Just last month was the most recent infection and i ended up getting it the dr's told me the virus can lay dorment (alive) on shopping carts at the grocery store for 12 days so remember to whip down the carts with the sanitzed whipes before touching it. Also become a firm beliver in bleach. I now use bleach to wash both whites and colors. I bleach conters tabels door nobs and remots, just to be on the safe side its vary vary scarry to get he o most lost both legs bc of it so plz don't hesitate go to the doc if u hav any of the symptoms
drew717 on May 24, 2010:
You may have shingles. Go to the doctor asap and ask about it. Shingles typically follow nerve bands and can stay on one side of your body. If so, you can get on Valtrex, which will help clear them up pretty quickly.
climberjames from Steel City on May 21, 2010:
Great informative Hub, plus this is the first Hub score of 100 that I have seen! Well done!
NascarRenee on May 19, 2010:
I'm worried over here. I had a boil that grew to the size of a quarter in the upper area of my armpit. The doctor gave me Keflex for it, but took no culture. It burst a week later (yuck) and I thought it was healing just fine. I took all my Kelfex til the end. I even went to Vegas for a week. When I got home from Vegas, I noticed two small lumps on my lower pit of the same arm. I was like great, not again. Well, during the week, there became more and more small lumps. They all hurt and a few turned red. I did the same regiment as the first one but nothing happened. They didn't grow like the first one nor did they diminish, but they always burned and hurt like anything (still do). I made an appointment and was seen yesterday. I also have a cold that has turned in bronchial asthma. This happens to me every time I get sick. But, I was still very scared and still am.
She looked at all 11 bumps (I feel like there's a party in my armpit) and said they were all to small to lance. I said I was too sick to take blood and I was. I felt like passing out in her office. She said she'd treat as MRSA and put my on Bactrim and it would also help my chest. She said to put nothing on my pit (was using neosporin for pain).
Well, this morning, my pit hurts twice as bad. I took one Bactrim yesterday and just took today's first dose. I'm to be on these for 14 days and if they don't heal completely, I need to see a disease or skin specialist. I'm scared to death because my pit hurts so badly this morning. Does it get worse before it gets better with Bactrim? Does anyone know or had this condition with multiple red bumps in their pit. I'm not even embarrassed anymore to ask. This is my life I'm talking about. I'm a mother of two and they're terrified for me. My 13 year old was even crying when I called her yesterday. I've been dealing with this since April 17th. I had some relief from the 30th thru about May 9th, then noticed the lumps again.
I'm afraid to look at them today for fear of seeing more. It seems every time I check, there's another one. I also have severe diahhrea and when I say severe, I mean the cramping kind, not the watery kind (I apologize if that's gross). I've had that since Vegas and even in Vegas, so who knows.
I'll bet my original never healed, it was pretty darn deep and I should have kept something over it even in Vegas from walking that strip and sweating. It's probably my own darn fault, but now I'm fighting for what seems my sanity and life. I can't stand the sweating and the big "D" and dizziness.
Any advice would be appreciated, please. And my God heal those who are also inflicted with horrible condition.
JEWEL on May 02, 2010:
my cousin has been sick for 5 months. 7 months ago she met a guy who has mrsa. he told her he had it after they had sex and oral sex. then she got a boil on her but and then 3 on her but now she is sick with pain burping farting lost her hair lost 12pds sweats everynight and it smells bad, her skin is sagging shes always hungry can't sleep and her eyes are buldging and she has been to every Dr. for testing of the thyroid. nodgels, pancries, and even colon cancer but they can't pinpoint what is wrong with her. do any of these symptoms come from mrsa and how soon would she get it from him if he had a breakout
Jenny on April 28, 2010:
How long is it supposed to take to get rid of a staph infection. I had brain surgery in March and was discharged from the hospital just three days after surgery. I was diagnoised just over 3 weeks ago with a staph infection, spent 2 weeks in the hospital, a week and a half of that was getting vancomycin 4 times a day and my wound still isn't healed.
diane on April 27, 2010:
colloidol silver kills all these germs so why don't the doctors prescribe it.?? They get paid for the prescriptions they give out and the government makes millions of $$$ every year from antibiotics that either don't work or the stronger ones in the ciprofloxicin group, create a myriad of side effects, some everlasting, like tendons falling off the bones and much more. If you think i am over the top, pick up on my key words and check out the sites with the appropriate question and see if I am not right. I have had psuedmonas aeruginosa in my sinusis since nov 09 and even in my sphenoid sinusis in my head. There is no treatment for the head and I should be dead by now. I contracted this in Nov after a visit to the hospital with breathing problems. It was most likely the oxygen tube up my nose that jumped onto me because of my undiagnosed pan sinusitis which i have had ongoing for 3years, earache, swelling of the outer ear,tinnitus, and more, my ear swelled so badly I could not wear my hearing aid, it would not fit. I told the dr i had rginitis and he said that was not a word they use much these days, why?? it is real. I was diagnised with it as well. my sinusis, to be told there was no help available, that was from 2 specialists, before my body, overloaded with toxics ,and pnuemonia sent me into a spin and I ended up in A and E only to be sent home at 3.30 am in the morning. 2 days later I was coughing up red blood and today, all I have taken by mouth is colloidol silver and colloidal silver drops and gelon my facial sinusis and rubbed the colloidal ointment into my head. I don't have too many symptoms now a bit of pressure in my head but otherwise, no discharge from my nose.
Get this!! the results of my last test said i had straph auerus, so work that out ?/ no mention of psued. A.
I think some of the medics are flying by the seat of their pants today.too many do not give the time to even hear what your symptoms are. Collodal silver working for me, it inexpensive, please give it ago. We put some on our dogs very bad excema and he was healed in 2 days. Vets make use of this here in NZ. Trust this is helpful and constructive.It is my faith in God and being able to have the colloidal available that has made me well. Oh and good sleep and diet...I do not manufacture or sell colloidal silver.Thanks for reading>>>>>
jessica on March 18, 2010:
i was just told i had mrsa they gave me bactrim 2 tablets twice daily and ive been taking them for 3 days now there is no difference at all its actually getting bigger how long till the antibiotics start working? please help im so worried.
amanda on February 15, 2010:
i know someone who just contracted mrsa and is about to give birth, is she and her unborn baby in danger and what about the people present for delivery??
lauren on February 12, 2010:
i have mersa at first we thought it was a spider bite and before that a zit on my knee. I went to the doc today she took only one look at it and said its defianitly mrsa my knee is very hot to touch and the burning is horrible but they said i should be fine after im done with the mediacation they may have to lance it but she said if it drains to let it. See not so scary so the whole not al bad as it seems and very scary deal well i mean it just depends on how bad and what kind it is. Im only fourteen and im a pretty clean person you know i shower daily wash my hands it just goes to sgow that anyone can get it you don't have to be dirty.
rena on February 10, 2010:
I just got mrsa on my face from my boyfriend. The Question is once your infection is gone can you still give it to someone else during sex or kissing?
RTalloni on February 05, 2010:
Great hub with interesting dialogue. In trying to help care for my elderly parents over the last two years I have seen horrid practices in doctor's offices, emergency rooms, hospitals, and nursing homes. Everyone's going around talking about the need to be careful, but they are not being careful. Many are quite careless in fact. The "good" nurses and other staff have a lot to deal with in what they have to work with. I am stunned by what I am continually seeing. One word of concern about it, though, and the next interaction with that person/department/institution is a very chilly one. C-diff, MRSA, other infections...we have to take responsibility to be careful for ourselves for we cannot depend on the "professionals."
Renee S from Virginia on February 01, 2010:
Excellent hub. One of the most thorough and informative I've read. Great photos (although gross). Nice work!
Wondering in St. Cloud on January 11, 2010:
I heard of a local hospital who stored a deceased patient infected with MRSA in a hospital supply area, I think that is outrageous, the stretcher was then moved to another area before it was finally cleaned, its practice like this that put everyone else at risk.
Kevin on January 01, 2010:
Early in the year 2009 I started noticing some little red and raw spots on my arms and there was one on my face too. I let it wait for about a week or two to see if it would go away and then it did not. I went to the wellness clinic in school and they told me it was staph infection, but not the MRSA kind. At the time I did not know that they were to take a culture and send it to a lab. They put me on antibotics. Bactroman and another oral one I don't remember the name of. They went away but not without a scar. Then school went out for the summer and then about two weeks after being back I got another two spots on my right arm and then one on my left arm just above the elbow and then another one on the same arm and then I noticed a pimple-like mark on the arm just above the other spot and I scratched it off and then a day later it was another spot. I think I am picking it up at school because I went all summer without another spot coming back, getting scratched and everything.
I don't know what to do
Cindy Vine from Cape Town on December 06, 2009:
I had MRSA after my tramflap operation. It was horrible, they put me in an isolation ward, people had to wear special suits to visit me and masks and I wasn't allowed flowers. Apparently, they carry the MRSA or something. I didn't quite get that!
Scarlet Danes on November 25, 2009:
I work for a Family Practice Clinic. I am amazed at the number of patients that come in with a staff infection. Then it happened to my own. My college age son had a small pimple near his upper lip. We thought it was an ingrown hair. Within hours his upper lip swelled hugely even covering his bottom lip. He was in a lot of pain. One of our doctors confirmed staff and started him on Bactrim immediately. At one point there was a fear of him losing his upper lip to this horrible infection. For a singer that would be devastating. He is now cured..thank God..but that did not come without a permanent scar on his upper lip and the risk of it spreading somewhere else in his system. Good Read!
Artemus Gordon on November 04, 2009:
These are no joke. My aunt got one a couple of years ago and her body has never gotten over it. She has a hard time healing from even just a tiny scratch and gets sick easily.
Debby on October 22, 2009:
I had my rt leg amputated in 2005 due to osteo-mylitis and got MSRA while in the hospital, 4 more surgeries and some wicked anti-biotics for a couple of months and all seemed fine, about 2007 I started having problems with pain when urimnating and my gums getting really red and sometimes bleeding for no reason and in the past year have had numerous bouts with boils, systs and skin irritations, I've been told these are from my original bout with the infection,and it now really interferes with my daily functions, would like to know if anyone has heard similar story. I do not know what direction to go with this.
Whitney (author) from Georgia on October 21, 2009:
Quarantine doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to lose his job. But, it is a good idea that he takes a leave until he finds out if he has MRSA or not. I'm sure he doesn't want to spread it to others. I'd say that safety is very important; I'm sure the spa would understand. It may even be a liability to have someone who may have MRSA working for a company that works closely with other people. I'm not sure.
Doesn't mean he'll lose his job. It's a health matter. That's something your friend needs to consult with his boss with.
blondie on October 21, 2009:
I have a friend who is waiting for the test results to see if he has mrsa. people are telling us that he needs to be in quarantine for it. can anybody shed some light on the subject? We both work in a spa and need some information so he does not lose his job over rumors
Jon on September 28, 2009:
I have seen a few people say "Staph isn't as bad as the media makes it seem" Which is a load of BS.
I am the cleanest person ever, wash my hands all the time, shower daily obviously, and just in general have good hygiene.
I had staph on my NECK after shaving. The absess was so big my whole face was like a baloon, was admitted for surgery because it was near my juggular vein.
Weeks later, I got it on my lip. After we thought it had been cured... left with a massive scar on my neck now, and lip.
Months later... I now developed it under my arm. Turned into literally a HOLE in my body. Left with a huge scar again...
Most recently, a few days ago, I have another outbreak in almost the exact same spot... at this point I don't know what is going to happen to me next... I am a young (and thought to be healthy) 24 year old male who bodybuilds and does cardio every other day.
I am scared because I do not know what is going to happen to me next :( it doesn't seem like anyone has the cure for me... I am currently outbreaking again right now as we speak....
StevenCavendish on September 27, 2009:
Very interesting and thorough hub. MRSA certainly is scary!
Benny Faye Ashton Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 25, 2009:
Thanks for your hub of a medical dictionary, I was enlighten by all the knowledge. thanks for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59
betsy on August 24, 2009:
I have some questions about MRSA, which I've seen in the other posts, but not exactly the answers.
When can you relax somewhat and not be afraid you are spreading MRSA to anyone else?
My husband and I both have it and are sleeping in separate beds. How long do we need to keep doing this?
Is the MRSA only passed by infection from open sores? Or is it on all your skin?
Thanks for any help!
koeitjie on August 21, 2009:
Great hub. Disturbing, but great! I saw an episode of Oprah the other day which featured the MRSA bacteria. Scary!!
Raggits on August 12, 2009:
Great hub. I am a survivor of MRSA infection. I will post my story and try to figure out a way to add your hub without causing copy infringement.
britney on July 31, 2009:
i need some advice. my 2 year old got staph and is allergic to bactrum and clendamycin is there anything else he could take if it is mrsa?? please let me know anything i am very scared.
srpatterson from Dublin, Ohio on July 14, 2009:
We have a friend that caught MRSA after a breast cancer operation. Very poor luck.