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Everything you need to know about MRSA

Lisa is a substitute teacher who studies English Literature. She lives to write and is following her dream of becoming a professor.


MRSA used to be most common in nursing homes and hospitals. Ten years ago, it would have been almost unheard of, for a healthy person to contract this deadly bacteria. Time evolves many things. It is now very common to see average people with this condition. MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. In Laymen's terms, this is a medicine-resistant Staff infection. It is resistant to methicillin which is what is used to treat a normal Staph infection. The antibiotic most used against MRSA is Bactrim.

MRSA Risk Factors

Some risk factors associated with this condition are:

•Participation in contact sports- Bacteria that cause MRSA is spread easily through, skin-to-skin contact.

•Having a weakened immune system- If the immune system is weak it is harder to fight off infection.

•Living in crowded or unsanitary conditions- Major outbreaks have occurred in military training camps and prisons.

•Association with healthcare workers- People in close contact with healthcare workers have an increased risk of contracting a serious staph infection.

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•Children- MRSA can be more dangerous in children. MRSA often enters through a cut or scrape and in children is more likely to cause a widespread infection.

Characteristics of MRSA

MRSA starts out as a little bump. It looks very similar to a pimple or an ant bite. If it is MRSA, you will soon notice that the head of the bump will turn black. If you do not get this treated in a timely fashion fluid will collect, and the bump will grow larger and very painful. If you press down on the area, it may be warm to the touch. You will notice the fluid has formed into a hard-growing shell. At this point, you would need to get it lanced. A great trick, to see if the lesion is growing (and it needs to be lanced) is to draw a circle around the soar. If it outgrows the circle, it will need to be lanced.

If at any time red lines show up, pointing toward your veins, seek medical attention immediately.
MRSA can spread into your body causing a life-threatening infection in your bones, joints, bloodstream, heart, and lungs. Signs of this include chest pain, chills, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, rash, and shortness of breath. IF these symptoms start, get to the nearest Emergency Room, immediately.

It is very important to take this infection seriously. Some cases are treated easily, but others can spread quickly. This is a deadly infection, is no laughing matter. A friend of mine went into the hospital for a boil and never left. The infection had spread rapidly to her lungs, and she passed away in the hospital. The single most important thing to do to help prevent MRSA is frequent hand washing. Some other common-sense ways are: covering all wounds, avoiding others who have uncovered wounds, and avoiding sharing personal items.

Natural MRSA Remedies

I have read about many natural remedies for MRSA some of these include apple cider vinegar, bloodroot paste, baking soda, or a mixture of acai berry, aloe Vera, and probiotics.

One natural remedy that has worked for me is Echinacea Complete Care Wellness Tea. My daughter has a history of MRSA outbreaks. She got it the first time from her grandmother who works in the medical field. The problem is, once a person is exposed to MRSA they seem to get it over and over again. She had not had a problem with it in over a year but, recently we noticed the beginning signs. She immediately started to freak out because she did not want to have to get it lanced(cut open and drained). I put warm compresses on it for a couple of days hoping to get the poison to the surface, but it was getting worse. I had some wellness tea on hand, which had ingredients that are known to help infection such as:

  • Echinacea
  • Eucalyptus
  • Stevia

I ran a warm bath for her and put four tea bags in the water three times a day. I also made her hold a warm tea bag on the infected area. Amazingly, the infection leaked out on its own and the MRSA was gone in three days without being lanced!

These options can be explored, but I would suggest only doing so under the watchful eye of your physician.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2009 Lisa Chronister


Ricky Valdez on January 02, 2016:

I have Eczema and I never got a lot of problems with it until I noticed a huge pimple like volcano under my arm pit. I knew what it was because i had seen it before. Staff, anyway I removed it, I froze it off. Go and get a wart remover freeze away remover and I used some tweezers to get remove what was left after 1 week. But I made the mistake of not cleaning the tweezers and i used it for a splinter i got on my finger OOOOhhh boy what a mistake. On my middle finger It started like a small pimple and it was really hard. So I tried to get it out and it just got bigger, full of fluid like water and spreading fast. No pus not yet, it was so painful my finger got huge, I couldn't get the liquid out fast enough. I dont know how but I got one on my stomach and one on my leg almost at the same time. All three did the same got huge, full of liquid, hard and just kept spreading. The pain from the pressure of my skin stretching from all the fluid in it., was so painful my leg got super swollen as well as my stomach. So I tried on my own to take the fluid out but it was hopeless. The bad part and the worst of all was the pain after trying to squeeze the fluid out. WOW!! no joke I can take pain but damn not like this....

I went to the ER where they drained all three of them and gave me anti biotics CetrIAXONA, anti-inflammatory pills BETAMETASONA, CLORTRIMAZOL,GETAMICINA CREME, pain medicine- DICLOFENACO. Pills form anti-boitics Clindamicina. So far I have alot of hard dead skin from the infection and get some fluid coming out but no more pain thank god.. If you see that pimple, boil, bump what ever is , if you see its getting bigger and it hurts bad, DO NOT TRY TO REMOVE IT YOUR SELF FREEZE IT OFF OR GET SOME ANTIBIOTIC CREME RIGHT AWAY AND IF GET WORSE GET SOME ANTI BIOTICS.... TRUST ME IF I COULD SHOW YOU WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE YOU WOULD TAKE MY ADVICE..

Misstlynn on April 14, 2015:

About 2 weeks ago I noticed a red bump pimple looking thing under my armpit and thought nothing of it. I took a bath that night and shaved like I always do and the next day I had a small boil that kept getting larger & larger as the dats went on I tried heat compresses, holding an onion under my arm, a potato you name it I tried it then I noticed that I had red streaks going down my side down my arm and into my breast and just a few hours later it hit me like a ton of bricks the right side of my body ached, I had chills, fever and felt weak so I went to the er where they at first thought I had shingles then they tried lancing the knot open which at this point was larger than an egg and didn't get anything out of it except enough to do a culture. I was admitted into the hospital and the results came back it was mrsa do I was on vancomycin for 3 days. I would get a round then they would check my levels to make sure I was in limits because vancomycin can cause renal failure among other things. After 3 days 4 rounds of vancomycin and 5 rounds of potassium I was finally able to come home. I've been home for 4 days now and it started draining for 2 days having stuff come out that looked like what I would call stringy fat off a steak that at times I had to pull out of my skin. For the last 2 days I have been able to get anything out at all but still have a huge hard knot inside that's about 2-3 inches long and it's hard as a rock. How am I suppose to get this to drain when it's that hard? Am I going to have to have surgery when I see my dr to have it removed?

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on April 25, 2013:

Thetravelgal, Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and leave a comment!

Lisa Chronister (author) from Florida on April 25, 2013:

Moonlake, Thank you for taking the time to stop by, commenting, and voting up!

thetravelgal on April 23, 2013:

Really enjoyed reading this, especially liked that you added natural treatments that might work. ahope your daughter has many less attacks of this pesky condition.

moonlake from America on April 20, 2013:

I have heard of this. It looks so awful. Thanks for all the information. Voted up.

Ghaelach on October 10, 2011:

Hi Lisa.

I'm one of your still living "MRSA" victims which happened way back in 2002 in hospital.

All that you have said from it speading through-out your body and the pain 24 hours a day (i take Tramadol in the form of drops and retardtablets when the pain is to much) are so very true.

A weakened immune system is a big danger and next week i take my once a year tablet coarse for 30 days which helps me through the next year.

As you say washing your hands is very important and for me it doesn't matter if i come from the toilet or off a bus, tram, shopping or i've just been for a walk. When i get back in the house i wash my hands.

To end my comment i should say that i have been diagnosed with "Chronic Osteomyelitis" and being a nurse you'll know how bad i have it.

Pop over to my hubpage as i have three hubs on "MRSA".

Take care Lisa and have a nice day.

LOL Ghaelach

KTN on September 27, 2011:

As of today's date, I've been seen for what I thought to be bites 5 times. NOTHING I have used, prescribed or OTC ointments has worked, and it has spread to my hip area and just under one breast. Because I have fibrmyalgia, my doctor is hesitant to use certain medications...I'm sooo fed up with this!

Dave from Lancashire north west England on January 05, 2010:

Very informative hub. This is still a major problem in hospitals around the U.K. I will take note of your advise. thank you.

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