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Staph Infection and MRSA: Symptoms and Treatment

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A secondary staphylococcal infection at a smallpox vaccination site.

A secondary staphylococcal infection at a smallpox vaccination site.

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
  • Pneumonia
  • 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.

Infection on the arm

Infection on the arm

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.

  1. 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).
  2. Food poisoning is caused by eating bacteria-containing foods that are not handled or stored properly.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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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.
Draining a wound

Draining a wound

Pus in a wound

Pus in a wound

Skin infection

Skin infection

Symptoms

Different modes of infection can have different signs and symptoms.

Skin Infections

  • 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

Impetigo

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Cellulitis

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By RafaelLopez at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Other Conditions Caused by Staph

Food Poisoning

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

Symptoms include:1

  • High fever
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rash that resembles sunburn on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet
  • Confusion
  • Muscle aches
  • Seizures
  • Headaches

This most often occurs in menstruating women using tampons.1

Septic Arthritis

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

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.

Drug-Resistant Bacteria

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

Prevention

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.

Sources Used

  1. Stöppler, Melissa Conrad MD. "Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus)" Reviewed May 3, 2015. MedicineNet. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  2. Calhoun Rice, Sandy. "Are Staph Skin Infections on the Rise?" July 26, 2013. HealthLine. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  3. Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD. "Understanding Toxic Shock Syndrome -- the Basics." March 14, 2017. WebMD. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  4. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Staph Infections." June 11, 2014. Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  5. Mayo Clinic Staff. "Cellulitis." February 11, 2015. Mayo Clinic. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  6. Martel, Janelle. Medically Reviewed by Debra Sullivan, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, COI. "Impetigo." January 28, 2016. HealthLine. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  7. Lowy, Franklin D. "Antimicrobial resistance: the example of Staphylococcus aureus." May 1, 2013. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  8. "Staph Infection in Dogs." (n.d.) PetMD. Accessed April 28, 2017.
  9. 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.

Comments

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... elizabethschjoth1982@yahoo.com.. i need someone to talk too... that has dealt with this..

Scott on August 03, 2011:

Hello,

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 exte