Thursday, August 19, 2010

What is MRSA?

Caution - not for the squeamish.

B has been fighting what we thought were infected bug bites for about the last 2 weeks.  We didn't think a lot about it at first since I too had my own case of chiggers to contend with.  Mine got better, his did not.

He has 5 areas that are infected, one being on the inside of his elbow close to the crease.  He had been to an urgent care three times but their treatments didn't seem to help a lot.  Finally B decided he was going to go to our own physician; the pain was more then he could take, stuff was oozing and what once looked like an infected bug bit now looked a lot worse.

The doctor took a culture and found out it is MRSA - What is MRSA?

MRSA is a bacteria which is often found on the skin. Viruses will die if they can’t get inside you. Bacteria may live quietly on your skin until it finds a cut, wound or graze to infect. MRSA is a highly drug resistant type of the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. It is thought to be found on the  skin of 1-2% of people. Ordinary staph is on the skin of up to 35% of people. Both MRSA and staph can cause infections on your skin or in wounds but MRSA is harder to treat as less drugs can combat it.

Wednesday the doctor was considering putting B in the hospital due to the amount of infection in the 5 different areas (2 on his arm, 1 on his leg, and 2 on his stomach).  Today there has been an improvement and a hospital stay is not necessary - praise the Lord.

The doctor warned B that even after this is cleared up he could get it again.  It is a possibility he could be a carrier of the bacteria.  I'm not thinking so -  you would have thought if he was a carrier he would have had problems before.

I am so thankful we now know what we're fighting - ok B's fighting and he is now getting the correct medicine.  



Beaglebratz & mom too said...

Beaglebratz mom here - yep, highly contagious and somewhat easy to pass on to others, Methacillan Resistant Staph Aureus - I work in a Veterans Administration Health Center here in Kansas - I just completed a training module on infectious diseases. It can be a serious problem at the VA's. It can be serious and needs close monitoring like you guys are obviously doing. Good job!

petrii said...

I am so sorry!!! Wow that looks REALLY painful!! My sister struggles with this as well. She has had three flare ups, but does well over all.

Have a Blessed day,

Deidra said...

Hmmm...that's interesting. Never heard of it before. I hope all goes well and that this is all you guys ever see of this thing.