JUST Found out I Have MRSA.....

Bethany - posted on 12/18/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My Doc. Put me on Antibiotics, that is all that happend. I don't know what strain I have. Its on my stomach, I clean 2-3 times a day WITH GLOVES and Cover it with Gauze, a big piece & Tape it to my stomach. Also I wear a tank top with my pants over the tank so it wont show and stays away from everything & then I put on a regular shirt too over it. Now I have Sanitized my house from top to bottom with bleach & water and with Lysol Disinfectant while my son stayed with my sister & mother. I read that I have to change my sheets everyday, I have sit on 1 spot of my couch, and spray that down or sit on a sheet, everything I touch I have to sanitize, I have to disinfect everything, I understand the sharing of towels...my son has his and mine go straight down stairs...we have never shared towels. I also read that I cant use hand towels to dry my hands I have to use paper towels. Can I give it to people even though my hands are clean & it is covered? Can I relax a little or do I have to spray every time I touch a door or a light switch? How do I know its gone? I was told my results over the phone and not much else. I read that it is very contagious....so I have decided to sit at home for Christmas & stay away from every1. It freaked me out so bad I am afraid to hold my son. My husband is afraid to kiss me. So How much of what I read is true & How far do I go? Can I hold my son, he sleeps with me every now & then can he do that or is everything true that I read? HELP ME PLEASE I AM FREAKING OUT!!! My sore looks good & its been scabbing up as of last night the scab ripped off with my gauze. So its now trying to heal again. I want to go to Christmas but not at the risk of giving it to other people. I just want to Cuddle my son again and kiss him. I havn't done those things in a days I am so scared.

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Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2010

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You can calm down a little. I worked in a nursing home for over 7 years, and delt with this stuff almost everyday (and never got infected). Since yours is just in a sore, you don't have to sanatize everything. Just make sure you wash your clothes and everything else that comes in contact with the sore directly or any drainage, seperate from anyone elses. Also, make sure noone else has anyway of comming in contact with the dressings you put over it. That's great you use gloves to change the dressing, and wash your hands afterwards. Keep that part up. The only way you need to wash your sheets every night, is if some drainage seeps out onto them, or your sore isn't covered. There is no reason to stay away from others, or to sanatize everything you touch. As long as noone comes in direct contact with the sore, or indirect contact through any drainage, they won't get it.

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You can be as freaked out or not as you want but I promise you from one mother to another. I don't want anyone with MRSA around me and my kids. If I have to put on gowns, gloves, and mask to enter a patients room that has MRSA I sure as heck don't want someone with it anywhere near my family. It sounds harsh but please think about what you will be exposing to others before leaving the house.

Melissa - posted on 12/21/2010

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My husband is a CNA and I am a PCA so we have experiance with MRSA call your doctor to check what you need to do at home.But you seem to have some things down.ask what about the others in your home wash clothing everyday in hot water and keep your things seprate from others till the infection psses youll be ok.Hang in there.

Heather - posted on 12/21/2010

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Here, this should stop everyone from freaking out:
What is MRSA?

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium often found in 20-30% of the noses of normal healthy people and is also commonly found on people's skin. Most strains of this bacterium are sensitive to many antibiotics and infections can be effectively treated. Staphylococcus aureus which are resistant to an antibiotic called methicillin are referred to as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Many commonly prescribed antibiotics are not effective against these bacteria. Some MRSA strains occur in epidemics, indicated by an 'E' before MRSA eg EMRSA-16, EMRSA-3 and may be distinguished from others by a number of special laboratory techniques.
Is MRSA dangerous?

MRSA rarely, if ever, presents a danger to the general public. It is no more dangerous or virulent than methicillin-sensitive S. aureus but it is more difficult to treat. This bacterium is usually confined to hospitals and in particular to vulnerable or debilitated patients. These include patients in intensive care units, burns units, surgical and orthopaedic wards. Some nursing homes have experienced problems with this bacterium. MRSA does not pose a risk to the health of hospital staff , unless they are suffering from a debilitating disease, or family members of an affected patient or their close social or work contacts. Therefore the friends or family of such a patient need not take any special precautions and should not be discouraged from normal social contact.

Medic - posted on 12/19/2010

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Oh and MOST cases are not treated with iv drugs......MRSA is treatable by sulfa drugs, clendomyocin and the IV antibiotic Vancamiocin.......all this hype just has people acting stupid over something that occurs regularly.

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Heather - posted on 12/23/2010

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I have had it and it still is in my blood so every so often i get another sore. Get on a round of bactrim asap! it should be fine. and you dont have to stay home for the holidays. jeez

Megan - posted on 12/22/2010

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And through all of this freaking out what is most horrible is the pain, swelling and seepage and ultimate scarring that occurs.

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I am a nurse and I will tell you I wouldn't go near my kids if I had MRSA. As a nurse I suite up in complete gear before entering a patients room that has MRSA. I would suggest postponing your Christmas and stay home. Try to have las little skin to skin contact with your son and DH as possible and sterilize/sanitize anything you come in contact with. Yes I may be a little over the top but as a nurse I also know how fast MRSA can spread so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Gina - posted on 12/21/2010

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I actually had a case of MRSA a couple yrs ago on my upper arm about the size of a ciggarette burn. I was given a normal antibiotic for 10 days and that was the end of it for my case. But I do have a scar that looks like a burn mark .
You seem to be doing all the right prevention techniques to keep others safe,but I think you can calm down just a little. like some others have said,check into the IV meds and keep it covered well like you have been doin. Since you are doineng everything right ,I don't see why you shouldn't be with your family for the Holiday events.

Stacey - posted on 12/21/2010

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As an RN that works with this daily,it does respond to antibiotics. If you are a healthy person you should do well. WASHING hands is imperative. I would make sure you SEE your doc for follow up and make sure they feel this has responded to the antibiotics.

Nicole - posted on 12/20/2010

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My friends husband was just hospitalized for it. I believe it's transferred by skin ti skin contact. He was given antibiotics first and it did not work so he was hospitalized and received surgery to remove it. I would see a doctor to find out exactly what you should do. Good luck.

Megan - posted on 12/20/2010

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I also have MSRA but am allergic to both sulfa drugs and all the "cillins. LOL I have been taking tetracycline for over 6 months and it keeps the outbreaks to the "not horrible" range. Mine break out on my stomach, under my breasts, upper thighs and under my arms. It is also in my blood so according to my doctor it is actually incurable, just manageable. We have moved recently and now I need to find a new doctor. There is a wash you can use that helps also available @ any pharmacy called hibicleanse. It helps also but at $10.00/bottle it is a bit pricey.

Bethany - posted on 12/19/2010

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Yes Melissa I was def. Scared. still have few more questions but you and jennifer made me feel a lot better. Ty

Melissa - posted on 12/19/2010

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and most people that die of MRSA are usually elderly orpeople that have health issues and cant fight infections,take the medication your doctor says stop freaking out keep yourself clean and disinfect the house it will go away in time dont kiss people but when it clears up make up the kisses and hugs.Look up online MRSA and see what it says.Good luck hunny it will ba ok.Sammie really you should not be saying statistics and not know the trueth of it you'll scare this poor lady.She already is scared enough jesss...lol

Bethany - posted on 12/19/2010

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Thank all. Jennifer thank you I feel relived I am on the clendomyocin. What are the chance ill pass it to anyone else? My son husband and others. Its completely covered. and I stay sanitary. Thank You I've read other things so I can use hand towels righ? Lol. What ever ino you can give me would be great. Thank you so much.

Medic - posted on 12/19/2010

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My son has MRSA in his blood and regularly gets sores.....just chill its not that big of a deal. After some antibiotics and cleaning its fine.

Christy - posted on 12/19/2010

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I would stay away from everyone during the holidays and like the last poster put, see about IV treatment ASAP. Also don't let the sore come into contact with anything, if you have to sleep on plastic, do it.

Sammie - posted on 12/18/2010

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I would see your dr. MRSA kills something like 19000 people a year just in the US. MRSA is resistant to MOST antibiotic's documented, hence the name MRSA. Most cases are treated with intravenous antibiotics, as they generally suggest there are 2 antibiotics likely to kill the infection.

Your dr should NOT have just phoned you and been like "oh hey you have MRSA". See another specialist, or present to the emergency departnment of your hospital immediately. This is very poor treatment on your dr's behalf.

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