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I was diagnosed w/MRSA today......

And Im starting to get a little concerned. Well more like freaking out. When I told my mom her jaw dropped and she looked really scared. I have started to do some research but not enough yet. Does anyone know anything about this?

I had a abscess on my leg about a month ago. They had to cut it out of my thigh. I took the antibiotics and its gone away. I just have a hunk of scar tissue and its discolored. Very dark and purple.

The cultures came back positive for MRSA. They did swabs of my nose today to see if the bacteria actually left my body or not. So I will know if Im stuck with it, I guess.

So does this bacteria really stay with me my entire life? Can I pass it to people? If so how? WHat about my baby? Will he be fine? Can I pass it to him after birth? I would have asked all of these questions at the doctor but I had no idea how serious this was. I had never heard of it. So I assumed that they were just double checking to make sure I had no infection.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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replied May 9th, 2008
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I dont know anything about the affects of MRSA on your baby, but my neice was just diagnosed with this. She is onnly 2 years old. Im pretty sure you dont have it your entire life, but you can get it back after you get rid of it.

It is very contagious and you shouldnt share anything like towels, or personal items with anyone else as you could pass it on to them. It is simply a skin bacterial infection.

The medical name for it is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus...which might help you find some information about it.

I hope that helps you some.
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replied May 18th, 2011
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had MERSA a couple of years ago.. thought it was a spider bite at firest...seeing as I lived in Florida and they are usually the culprit... Not So.. I waS 40 YRS OLD... single Mom.. very clean... wound up after 3 days, it swelled to about 1/2 dollar size.. my sister, and EMT, told me to take a GLass (not plastic), and roll it over the area... if you see all white (puss like), and it is Hot to the touch, it is most likely MRSA.. the pain was excrustiating!! I went to the EE and they cut it open... It was MRSA... 3 antbotics and 10 days later.. it was sooo much better.. almost like I never had it.. but then I continued to get small pimple like MRSA's(?) every time I shaved my bikini area... and still do... so now I use a scissor and wear those skirt bathing suits... Havent seen one in over a year now... Hope that helps! I had the skin only affected..It didnt become a blood discorder (the dangerous ones do)... so I have been good since...Smile
p.s.- my keyboard is broken.l really CAN spell/lol
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replied May 9th, 2008
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I also do not know alot about it but last semester in one of my classes a girl that had it spoke to us about it. She said hers got quite bad and they had to remove a large section of skin and she was on lots of medicines and in the hospital for a while... I really hate to tell you that. But hopefully you caught it soon enough and such. I know she didn't go to the doctor about it for a while because she just thought it was a rash or something.. You should just give your doctor a call and ask all these questions again so they can clear everything up for you!! I hope you get better and all goes ok!
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replied May 10th, 2008
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We had a MRSA scare at one of the homes I supervise and my OB demanded I not go in while I was pregnant. She actually wrote me a doctors note.

It's very contagious.

It's serious. I'd talk to your doc ASAP.
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replied May 10th, 2008
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Dr. Phil actually had a show all about MRSA awhile back... im sure you could find it on youtube or something if you were interesed... it had lots of good information and conversations with people that have it... definitely something that can be potentially very serious, its worth taking a look anyways.
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replied May 10th, 2008
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Luke has MRSA in his lungs. His doctors are not worried and in fact it is normal for CF kids. I asked about it being contagious and they said only if he coughs on someone's wound and then the person doesn't properly care for it. He is in isolation whenever we go to the hospital, which (not to hi-jack your thread) he is in the hospital now. We are having a short stay though and he is coming home tomorrow.

Anyways, I personally think that the media has played it up and Luke's dr's said the same thing. Most dr's and nurses are colonized with MRSA too btw.
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replied May 12th, 2008
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Thank you Musikmker. From what I have researched so far its not that serious as long as you take care of it. I have also learned that there are two types. Once that attacks your organs and blood and another that is just skin and staph infections. I most likely have the less severe form. But I will not know anything until my cultures come back. Once they come back I will talk to my doctor about this. I was freaking out so bad, so thank you everyone for the replys. I feel much better. In the mean time I will be careful and clean..lol.

Sorry to hear Luke is in the hospital. Is it due to MRSA? It doesnt sound like it. But either way I hope he gets better soon, he sure is a trooper. I give you much respect as a mother, it must be difficult.
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