MRSA Is Back Visiting Me

I went to the doctor today because my left leg is swollen, red and warm…plus there are some hard, knots on the back of my calf.

Doctor said my MRSA is acting up again. He think it started this time from an insect bite (or a tick or fleas or…anything) mixed in with my psoriasis. I think he is wrong about the insect bite for a few reasons (it is too cold for ticks to be out; nothing has bitten me and my dogs do not have fleas), However, the psoriasis on my feet is really bad again and I think that is what caused the MRSA to act up.

But I digress.

I am on antibiotics and I have some cream for the psoriasis and the knots on my leg. I have to keep my leg elevated as much as possible and try to rest as much as possible.  (Yeah right!!! LOL like I have time for that!)

~Shannon

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

I have spent the last week in the hospital. And my diagnosis is ….Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA); which is mainly in my lower, left leg. I am now at home on some very strong antibotics and hoping I get better very soon. I do not like not being able to move around!

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that’s become resistant to the antibiotics commonly used to treat ordinary staph infections.

Most MRSA infections occur in people who have been in hospitals or other health care settings, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it’s known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures or devices, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

Another type of MRSA infection has occurred in the wider community — among healthy people. This form, community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), often begins as a painful skin boil. It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations include groups such as high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded conditions.

Symptoms:

Staph skin infections, including MRSA, generally start as small red bumps that resemble pimples, boils or spider bites. These can quickly turn into deep, painful abscesses that require surgical draining. Sometimes the bacteria remain confined to the skin. But they can also burrow deep into the body, causing potentially life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, the bloodstream, heart valves and lungs.

Causes:

There are different varieties of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, commonly called “staph.” Staph bacteria are normally found on the skin or in the nose of about one-third of the population. The bacteria are generally harmless unless they enter the body through a cut or other wound, and even then they usually cause only minor skin problems in healthy people.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 percent of the population carries the type of staph bacteria known as MRSA.

Antibiotic resistance
MRSA is the result of decades of often unnecessary antibiotic use. For years, antibiotics have been prescribed for colds, flu and other viral infections that don’t respond to these drugs. Even when antibiotics are used appropriately, they contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria because they don’t destroy every germ they target. Bacteria live on an evolutionary fast track, so germs that survive treatment with one antibiotic soon learn to resist others.

This information and more can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mrsa/DS00735