Cysts/MRSA/WTF is going on here? Any bees with MRSA experience?

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I am by no means a medical doctor, but I am a biologist with some knowledge about MRSA. Basically, what MRSA is is an antibiotic resistant staph infection. The initial bump could have been caused by a MRSA infection or he could have gotten a MRSA infection due to the draining of the original bump in the doctor’s office. MRSA is very commonly transmitted in hospitals and doctors offices. Staph bacteria is all around us, in fact many of us are colonized with it all the time but never get an infection from it, so the bacteria really could have come from anywhere. I would be very careful around the lesion, as it could be transmitted to you if you have a cut or sore. Definitely wear gloves if you are helping him clean it or anything like that. He should also be careful that he does not spread the infection anywhere else. I don’t want to be a fear mongerer, but MRSA can be really bad, although it seems that right now the infection is under control and just on the surface of the skin, so as long as it stays that way he should be ok.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

MsW-to-MrsM:  MRSA is really common. Your FI probably has community-acquired MRSA. You treat it with Bactrim or other similar antibiotics. It goes away, but you can become colonized with it (without being infected). The CDC has a good page here (http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/community/index.html)

What you dad had was likely hospital-acquired MRSA. That’s yucky stuff – the germs found in hospitals are usually much more resistant to antibiotics. 

I hope your FI feels better soon, hopefully the antibiotics help!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MsW-to-MrsM:  What a nightmare. 🙁 I wouldn’t worry too much, though. My grandma has MRSA on her leg from smacking her shin with a log while doing yardwork — her doctor told her that it pushed the staph bacteria that is naturally found on the skin into the open would and thus a MRSA infection was born. He put her on some really strong antibiotics and she is doing much better. A few weeks ago, the bottom half of her shin all the way down to her heel was red & purple, puffy, and warm to the touch. Very painful, too. Now, it’s barely noticable. Just be careful about coming into contact with it or you could possibly contract it. He’ll be fine!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve had MRSA before, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. I ended up getting around five different abscesses on various parts of my body over time, but eventually antibiotics got it all under control and it went away. As PPs said, MRSA can be a big deal but it certainly isn’t always. Mine was more of a painful annoyance than anything to get scared about.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MsW-to-MrsM:  I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Of course, there is always a chance of contracting the infection, but as long as you are staying clean and washing your hands a lot, not rubbing your eyes or nose or picking a scab after touching drainage, etc, you should be ok. I would stop sharing towels, just in case. These infections happen most often in open wounds, there is not a huge chance of getting the bacterial infection just from it touching unbroken skin. As far as the kids go, as long as they are not touching the wound, they should be ok. Whether you want to tell your sister is up to you. My best advice is to try to stay as clean as possible, it never hurts to be overly cautious. He’s certainly not infectious like a leper, you can get near him, just make sure that you wash if you come in contact with any fluids from the lesion and after you wash anything that has come in contact with it. 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

MsW-to-MrsM:  I was on them for quite a while, but mostly because every time an abscess would go away, I’d get another one so they’d have to try me on something else. Eventually I was on Bactrim, Doxy, plus something else as well. I was taking some kind of antibiotic for a good month straight, though.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

MsW-to-MrsM:  Just to address the antibiotic question. What antibiotic he takes and how long he takes them is really going to depend on how the bug responds. For every antibiotic on the market, there are staph strains resistant to it (you can blame our society’s overuse of antibiotics and antibacterial products for that one). MRSA is denoted as methicillin-resistant (the MR, in MRSA), though it is known for being resistant to other antibiotics. You will need to find what antibiotic works for his strain of MRSA, it may take a couple tries before it gets better, or you may get it right the first time, it sounds like the infection is relatively minor and localized at the moment, so you should see results relatively quickly if you get one that is working.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

I agree with pp, just make sure you are extra careful when/if you help clean the area.  I’ve had MRSA before when the top of my foot was ripped open from a leg brace.  I was on bactrim for about a week.  It wasn’t that big of a deal.  Hopefully he gets better soon!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

MsW-to-MrsM:  I’m not sure how your FI got it, etc. but I can tell you my husbands story. 

My husband started complaining about a pimple on his butt, it was bugging him, so he popped it. One day we were out at lunch and he was complaining so much so I finally asked him to show me it. It was DISGUSTING. I immediately made him go to a walk in clinic, where they cut it open, drained it and put him on heavy antibiotics. It came back positive for MRSA. The doctor thought that perhaps when he popped the pimple, gotten the staph infection from something (toilet maybe) and that’s how it got so out of hand. 

Nothing like changing the bandages on a butt MRSA wound to really prove your love.

Since then, he got a spot on his scalp that was HUGE – back to the docs and back on antibiotics. He has a bald spot now where that was but it went away after about 2 weeks. He also got a couple MRSA infections on his legs and one on his butt again. He’s had 4-5 since the initial infection.

The doctor told him it can keep recurring for up to 2 years until his body finally develops some sort of immunity. We learned that as soon as he spots a pimple thats not going away – off to the doctor he goes immediately.For our honeymoon, we actually brought antibiotics with us, just in case.  After the last infection, the doctor had him stay on antibiotics longer (2 weeks vs. 1). Since then, nothing. Hopefully it won’t come back because it is really gross when they get super infected! 

My advice would be for your FI to use antibacterial soap (you would think ALL soap was antibacterial, but it’s not … look for a label that says it) and if he has ANY weird pimples that are getting bigger – have him IMMEDIATELY go to the doctor. MRSA can get really gross and really bad quickly.

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