MRSA - How dangerous is it?

Sonia - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My daughter who is 17 months and I have just been treated for MRSA. We both had a lump in our groin area. Mine had to be cut out but her's was not. She went through her antibiotics and now that she is done, the lump is still there but it is the size of a pin. I'm keeping a close eye on it but I want to know if this is it. Is MRSA something that is cured and that's it or is there any complications or extra preacautions that I should take with both of us? The internet is all over the place with this superbug. I have read that it is deadly and then other sites say it is very common and its like having boils. Any information on this infection would be greatly apprectiated.

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Natanya - posted on 08/15/2013

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I am a healthcare orofessional and got mrsa in the nose from work, My son now has mrsa in the nose and he's coughing should I be worried?? He has boogers that come out and crusty yellow crust in his nose. Does every person with a positive nose mrsa culture need to be treated? Any advice from anyone that's been through this?

Kelly - posted on 06/20/2011

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My son is 2 years and 9 months and has had MRSA 3 times, he started getting it around 23 months. The first 2 times went to his pediatrician and he gave us sulfameth-trimeth suspension both times he lanced one of them and the other he said it wasn't necessary because we caught it so early. Where he has had the MRSA boils he still has a really small hard part and I was told by the dr that it is just a cyst or scar tissue from the boil. Also provided Bactroban to put on boil and in nose, and under finger nails 2 times a day for 7 days. The MRSA kept coming back so the 3rd time I went to see a ped dermatologist at the children's hospital in AZ and was told I hadn't been getting the best advise from the pediatric dr (he told me that ped drs and er doctors do not get that much training on skin issues and may not be up to date on the best most up to date practices to cure them). I would recommend that you take your child to a dermatologist or an infectious disease dr for the MRSA if it comes back. Be on the look out for small red spots that look like a bug bite but grown rapidly (when caught early it is not as serious). I was told it was more than likely that he or someone in the family was colonized with MRSA. MRSA can be picked up at a hospital or at a place such as daycare, gymnastics, Chilldren's Museum etc. My son has not gotten it back since following the bellow instructions in addition to lancing, antibiotics. When they have MRSA take bleach baths 3 times a week for an entire month (1/4 cup of bleach in a half bathtub full of water and soak for 5-10 min was told by the dermatologist it will not irritate the skin it is actually less than what is in a pool), in addition apply the bactroban ointment on the boil, in the nostrills, and under the finger nails 2 times a day for 1 week. After the bleach bath apply moisturizer. After the MRSA has cleared up then you will do the bleach baths 1 time a week just as maintenance/minimize the bacteria on the skin, and bactroban 2 times a day for a week each month. Also informed that it would be good for all the family members to do the maintenance part also this because family members can pass the bacteria back and forth. Also make sure you are using an antibacterial soap to wash hands and for bath (we use Dial soap). Also frequent hand washing,hand sanitizer, and keeping finger nails trimmed short. There is also an alternative to the bleach called Hibiclens, but it seemed a little dangerous if you get it in their eyes or ears so I stuck with the bleach. The goal is to keep the bacteria on the skin down because this limits getting another infection and needing to take antibiotics.

Tesss64 - posted on 07/25/2014

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I'm 23 and healthy and I just found out I have mrsa, started on my calf and on my upper thigh, both sores have almost completely closed up and the redness and swelling has gone down...on day 3 of Bactrim. I have a 5 year old and my boyfriend living with me. There are so many different tips online on what to do and not do.. Can I hug them, kiss them? Even sit on the same bed as him?

Sonia - posted on 06/29/2011

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Well - 2 weeks off the antibiotics and she now has another boil - MRSA has struck again. This one is located on her bum. She is in a lot of pain and she is now on another 10 days of antibiotics. I am now confused as to how contagious she is...She has a boil with a white head on it so I know that i have to be extremely careful for the next few days - but if it breaks and she starts to heal ( no open sore anymore) can I take her to the water park? Or should I wait until the antibiotics are completely finished?

Tony - posted on 05/10/2014

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I had chronic mrsa for about a year. The doctors tried just about every strong oral antibiotics available. The meds. made me as sick as the decease, because I am allergic to several of them. I was getting a cyst/boil every 2-4 weeks. Sometimes My body would fight them off, but sometimes my body could not withstand the power of this insidious decease and the cyst turned into a boil and it kept growing and growing. There was absolutely no way I could pop it or lance it myself. So off to the hospital again. By the way when you start to get the cyst, DO NOT TRY TO POP IT, JUST LEAVE IT ALONE. ON MINE ,IT LOOKED LIKE A SMALL PIMPLE WITH A RED RING AROUND IT AND IT HAD ITS OWN SPECIFIC FEEL, YOU WILL KNOW WHEN YOU GET ONE. I had so many over a period of a year and I got soooo sick. I was helping my fiancée plan our destination wedding through this also. Finally I got one on my lower left side belly. It got out of hand, it was huge. I went back to the e.r. and a med. student lanced it. That area of the body is very difficult to numb. So off she went with the knife and no numbing, cutting into my belly. Never really felt pain like that. My sweat long leg sweat pants were soaked with nasty puss and gunk from my belly to my ankles. SOAKED. I took them off and threw them in the trash. The doctors begged for me to stay in the hospital and get I.V. antibiotics, just one night. Well that one night turned into 7 nights of constant I.V. antibiotics. Soooo glad I stayed. I had very high fevers and the doctors could only hope that all this I.V. very strong meds. would killed this bug. I went home very week and to bed for a few days. Two items of note. One of my nurses who happens to live in my subdivision told me he worked at that hospital for 17 years and has not ever seen anyone get that much antibiotics(EVER). And also I found a over the counter dial bar soap that is a antibacterial soap and thtas all I use, even to wash my hair. I also was the inside of my nostrils. Please do not pick at scabs too. Just another way mrsa can become active... It has been 7 months and no mrsa symtoms....Thank GOD. I know it is only in remission but I am going to keep doing what is working, or they may have killed it in the hospital. The antibiotic worked well in killing the mrsa in cultures I gave them....Hope this helps because I thought it was going to kill me. ..Good luck to all and God Bless.........Tony

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Geisingerfamily - posted on 01/31/2015

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We have had amazing success in dealing with MRSA using our essential oils. My husband used to get it pretty frequently after getting it from the hospital while I was there giving birth to our first daughter. My daughters also used to get spots that popped up but since we use the essential oils daily, we haven't had any come back. Praise the Lord because Mrsa is so awful to deal with :(

Tish.M - posted on 01/17/2015

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My 19 month old daughter keeps getting red pimple looking dots on her face she only gets them one at a time they only stay on her face for like a day or 2 then disappear and then the next morning I'll notice another one somewhere else on her face this has been happening for the past 3 weeks its making me worry how do I get her tested for mrsa?

Tonda - posted on 05/26/2014

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Finish antibiotics, also...WAIT FOR SORE TO HEAL COMPLETELY! If not, u could risk getting another type of bacteria enter the same sore and turn into more infection!

Melanie - posted on 06/30/2011

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i just want to point out that its a bacteria. so even tho you can get completely rid of it, it can come back. when you get a virus, you cant get that same virus twice. there are over 200 cold viruses. you can have many colds but you wont get the same one again. but bacteria dont work the same way and it maybe years from now but it can come back. so if you see something similar in the future see your dr.

Angela - posted on 06/21/2011

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I am a paediatric nurse, also deal with infection control issues. MRSA is a bacteria that we carry on our bodies. Most of the time it is harmless and doesnt harm us. You cant irradicate it from your body as such but if it cause infections then the infection gets treated and to reduce the colonisation different preperations can be used. These preperations will not kill the MRSA but will reduce the numbers on the skin / up the nose etc to 'safe' levels. When you here about MRSA in hospital normally it is the individual that has brought in the MRSA and have contaminated there own defences, occasionally cross contamination can occur if appropriate hand washing etc during dressing changes / surgery and that is generally when we have problems. It is not generally caught in hospital it is brought in by a carrier from the community. It is important not to keep treating otherwise you will become resistant to the treatments avaiblable. MRSA only gets treated or decolonised on hospital admission or if you have an MRSA acquired infection. Hope this helps. Please dont panic the media make a huge hype oversomething we carry with us everyday with no ill effects.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/19/2011

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It's just very hard to get rid of, so I would take her back to the doctors if she still has a lump as it sounds like it is possibly not gone? It's not that it's a horrible thing, I've known quite a few people who have had it... it is scary yes.. but it's just a highly resistant strain of staff so antibiotics don't always work well, or it takes multipule doseages, different types of drugs. I knew a guy who had it so bad they had him on drugs that cost 1000$ a day... and since he couldn't afford to pay that up front, he was hospitalized so that the hospital could just send him a huge bill later on. Talk about crap.

Jenny - posted on 06/19/2011

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my daughter in law had mrsa with her 1st child which was a c-section all was ok she was worried about this pregnancy . she had c- section and no mrsa . so contact your dr and tell them and if aware it will be ok. it is not always a thing to ha[[en

Cassie - posted on 06/17/2011

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When my daughter turned a year old i found a boil on her butt. i took her to the hospital because i was scared to death that it was mrsa. they tested her and sure enough it was ! My daughter will be 2 in aug and we still havent got rid of it. she has been on several different meds right now she is on septra and it seems to be working. but as soon as the meds are gone it comes right back. Yes it can be deadly so make sure everytime you or someone else goes to touch your child make them wash there hands. after every diaper change wash your hands. try to keep the area clean. if she touches the area wash her hands. try to keep your house clean also. Every since my daughter got mrsa i use clorox bleach wipes on EVERYTHING ! i even carry them around with me. we went to the dr today for her check up and i wouldnt let her touch the toys until i bleached them with the clorox wipes. you never know what kind of bateria is on something so make sure everything your child touch is clean. Hospitals carry mrsa you would think that hospitals would be clean but they are NOT. if you have to go to the hospital for some reason make sure you wipe things down before you touch it. hospitals are very NASTY ! Good luck i hope everything goes well...Keep us all updated



P.S. make sure to use antibacterial soaps. Alot of drs prefer Antibacterial dial soaps I use baby wash for my daughters hair and from the neck down i will use the antibacterial dial on her.

Sonia - posted on 06/17/2011

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Thank you everyone for your responses. She has been done the antibiotics now for a week and as I mentioned, there is still a small small bump. I called her ped today to make a follow up appointment. She wants to see her tomorrow! I have a feeling she is not quite in the clear yet. Glad that I made that appointment.

Karen - posted on 06/17/2011

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Hi,

My daughter had it twice. Once when she was just months old and again at the age of two. I knew what it was right away the second time. What I did was take pics of its progress every other day with my cell phone just make sure it was going away. Also, it will be completely gone when you no longer feel that lump. Make sure to use the meds everyday as directed. Mrsa can be deadly if not treated properly. But follow doctors orders and the baby should be fine. Now tips that I follow so there are no repeats, make sure you change the diaper or pull promptly after, if the child sweats use cornstarch its safer for the babys then powder. Lastly for both of do not bath together and use swaps when treating the areas and of course wash your hands. My daughters specialist told to make sure her skin is well lotioned because of ecezma and she takes baths with a capful of clorox periodically for germs. She has good ever since. Hope this helps let me know!
Karen

Ketra - posted on 06/17/2011

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hello Sonia

i hope i find you well,for a start i don't want to scare you off but i want to give you with a quick run down on the bug...MRSA(or the golden staph) lives on the skin,skin folds,armpits or in the nose,it can enter the bloodstream if untreated and can cause a range of mild infections(boils and abscess of the skin,impetigo or school sores that are highly contagious) to severe infections (pneumonia,endocarditis,phlebitis,osteomyelitis,meningitis) I know its really difficult to treat MRSA but i can assure you that once you get the right antibiotics sensitive to the type of strain you have you can be definately be cured. I know they can give you some antibiotics routinely used to treat MRSA but there is a problem at times if you have a different strain not susceptible to the antibiotic. normally DRs r supposed to drain the abcess/lump if any and send for cultures then you are guaranteed you are on the right antibiotics.As u may be aware the only way to prevent MRSA is by good house keeping like damp dusting and good personal hand hygiene since it is mainly spread through contaminated hands..u might need to use alcohol based solution when travelling to prevent being reinfected and also since u are also still caring for your daughter....it might also be wise for both of you to have some swabs taken by your doctor post treatment to clear you from MRSA .Its a very tough bug but once you receive the right treatment you will be cured .ITS NOT CORRECT that everyone has a certain amount of MRSA in them..2-3 out of 10 people according to studies carry the staph bacteria in their noses but does not cause infection,the number might be up by now with ongoing research..for more facts go to mrsa.staph-infection-resources.com......keep well and good luck..

Katherine - posted on 06/17/2011

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I had it in my groin area too. It was very painful and they had to cut it out. The bump COULD be the cyst still there. I would definitely follow up with the your doctor.

Sonia - posted on 06/16/2011

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Thank you Leigh. I have not followed up with the doctor as I was confused. The doctor at the walk in clinic that I went to was persisting that she get the lump cut out but when I took her to the children's hospital the next day, the doctor just changed her antibiotics and that was the end of it. She only said to come back if it got worse and told me what to watch for ( the line down the leg, swelling etc.). When the original doctor found out they did not cut it out, he was a bit upset - so then I was extremely confused. I decided at that point to go through the entire cycle of antibiotics and see what would happen. Again, its just that small bump now but I think I will make a follow up appointment to her peditrician just to make sure. Thanks for the advise!!

Leigh - posted on 06/16/2011

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As a medical professional, I can tell you that MRSA has been around for a long time, it's not new, even if it is new to the general population as a "superbug". People get it in various places: wounds, urine, lungs, mucus, etc. It is treated with antibiotics (which you are obviously aware of) and in the long run is completely "cured" once the bacteria is killed off. Did your daughter have a follow up with the MD after completing her antibiotic course? If not, you may want to make an appointment just so the MD knows that she still has a small lump. The lump could still be some of the infection, or it could just be some residual scar tissue from the infection.

Christy - posted on 06/16/2011

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Keep going to the DR periodically. It is a sort of staph infection. Everyone has a certain amount of staph in their bodies, and something can cause it to get out of control. In some cases deadly (not to scare you), in other cases mild. Normal antibiotics should do the trick but sometimes it's not enough and stronger ones may be required.



Since the immune system is down with this infection, staying away from public areas until it clears up is suggested as well.

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