December 19, 2012


Posted in BACTERIAL tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:34 pm by PCOSLady

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection
PCOS Lady:
MRSA is in some of you… Many of the elderly have it and are unaware they have it… I was informed many elderly in upstate NY have it and the EMT’s protect themselves on calls…
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.
By Mayo Clinic staff
Staph infection
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.
When to see a doctor
Keep an eye on minor skin problems — pimples, insect bites, cuts and scrapes — especially in children. If wounds become infected, see your doctor. Do not attempt to treat an MRSA infection yourself. You could worsen it or spread it to others.
~ CDC … Excellent pictures of infections … LOOK at them and be familiar with MRSA…
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics called beta-lactams. These antibiotics include methicillin and other more common antibiotics such as oxacillin, penicillin, and amoxicillin. In the community, most MRSA infections are skin infections. More severe or potentially life-threatening MRSA infections occur most frequently among patients in healthcare settings. While 25% to 30% of people are colonized* in the nose with staph, less than 2% are colonized with MRSA (Gorwitz RJ et al. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2008:197:1226-34.).
When a person carries the organism/bacteria but shows no clinical signs or symptoms of infection. For Staph aureus the most common body site colonized is the nose.
The symptoms of MRSA infection depend on where you’ve been infected.
MRSA most often appears as a skin infection, like a boil or abscess. It also might infect a surgical wound. In either case, the area would look:
~ Swollen
~ Red
~ Painful
~ Pus filled
Many people who have a staph skin infection often mistake it for a spider bite.
If staph infects the lungs and causes pneumonia, you might have:
~ Shortness of breath
~ Fever
~ Cough
~ Chills
MRSA can cause many other symptoms, because it can infect the urinary tract or the bloodstream.
Very rarely, staph can result in necrotizing fasciitis, or “flesh-eating” bacterial infections. These are serious skin infections that spread very quickly. While frightening, only a handful of necrotizing fasciitis cases has been reported.
staph bacteria
flesh eating bacterial infection


  1. Sedona Cole said,

    Great read, thanks for the excellent information. My nephew had a resistant case of staph, and found the work of Microbiologist, Michelle Moore. She too had a case that wouldn’t go away, and used her most appropriate educational background to create a natural treatment. I’ll list the site, should any one else need to benefit from it. Keep up the great work on education! Awesome info!!

  2. Chana C. Goldreich said,

    Dear Christie, I am a herbal medicine student. I stumbled upon your “Gem of a Gem” blog by chance while looking into CAH, trying to understand this condition for a friend that has amenorrhea. She doesn’t has a official diagnosis yet, but from some blood tests that she took seems pretty clear that LOCAH is what she has, so I am pushing her to go back to the doctor to have a clear confirmation of the diagnosis, and she should’nt ignore it (she is young and might want childrens!, among other things).

    So I started to read your well articulated, researched and presented wealth of health info, I really want to praise and thank you for the enormous time, effort, serious research that you put into it! Might you continue in good health and help others to be in good health! With gratitude and thanks, Chana from Brooklyn, NY

  3. Bobbie Fluet said,

    Intestinal troubles after operation may be a indicator of a staph infection, according to the Mayo Clinic. Vomiting and feelings of nausea after surgical treatment may result from toxic shock syndrome, that is a serious problem brought on by widespread staph infection. Individuals who have a feeding tube implanted immediately after surgery have got a bigger chance of getting staph infections as a result of contamination of the tube…

    Our own website

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