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Old 06-05-2011, 09:25 AM
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Anyone ever experienced a staph infection? If so, how long do they normally take to clear up?
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:27 AM
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It is a deadly infection google it.
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:42 AM
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About 5 years ago my wife got one in/on her leg two days after a 10K race thru the woods. She got a scratch from a bush. She was in the hospital for 3 days and on home antibiotic drip (4x days) for 10 days.
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I"m not 100% sure that's what it is but that is what the doctors are treating me for just in case. I've had several antibiotic shots and am on an oral antibiotic. Just wondering how long these things take to clear up.
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I think that staph is what hospitals are so afraid of, because it mutates so fast that strains become resistant to treatment faster than they can be destroyed.

Take your meds and good luck!
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Most of are exposed daily to the bacteria and 25% of people carry it on their skin. It is a very common infection resulting from a cut usually. Immune deficient folks are at the greatest risk. There are also tons of different strains that vary greatly. From mild to flesh eating. Usually nothing to worry about. Just get it treated and do what they say.

Yes it is in hospitals too as there are so many great hosts.
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From what I understand, MRSA is the infection that is the problem. It is the drug resistant strain. My son got it in his leg last year. The doctor cut the spot open and a ton of gunk came out. He packed the wound with gauze (or something like it) and let it drain for a few days. Went back for a wound check and repacked it for a few more days. After that he stitched up the wound and sent us on our merry way. I think all told, the treatment went about two weeks, from initial diagnosis to getting the stitches out. I think he was on two antibiotics for ten days.
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Unfortunately I have been prone to cellulitis infections on my leg (poor lymph circulation)
I was hospitalized last summer for 1 week with a bad one and then IV antibiotics for 6 weeks.

Staph - many different kinds. MRSA is one of them. see info below - a good well rounded summary - Good Luck!


MRSA

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA); Hospital-acquired MRSA (HA-MRSA)
Last reviewed: May 30, 2009.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterial infection that is highly resistant to some antibiotics.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors


MRSA is a strain of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. S. aureus is a common type of bacteria that normally live on the skin and sometimes in the nasal passages of healthy people. MRSA refers to S. aureus strains that do not respond to some of the antibiotics used to treat staph infections.
The bacteria can cause infection when they enter the body through a cut, sore, catheter, or breathing tube. The infection can be minor and local (for example, a pimple), or more serious (involving the heart, lung, blood, or bone).
Serious staph infections are more common in people with weak immune systems. This includes patients in hospitals and long-term care facilities and those receiving kidney dialysis.
MRSA infections are grouped into two types:
  • Healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA) infections occur in people who are or have recently been in a hospital or other health-care facility. Those who have been hospitalized or had surgery within the past year are at increased risk. MRSA bacteria are responsible for a large percentage of hospital-acquired staph infections.
  • Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) infections occur in otherwise healthy people who have not recently been in the hospital. The infections have occurred among athletes who share equipment or personal items (such as towels or razors) and children in daycare facilities. Members of the military and those who get tattoos are also at risk. The number of CA-MRSA cases is increasing.

Symptoms


Staph skin infections cause a red, swollen, and painful area on the skin. Other symptoms may include:
  • Drainage of pus or other fluids from the site
  • Fever
  • Skin abscess
  • Warmth around the infected area
Symptoms of a more serious staph infection may include:
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I had one back on '98. Put me in the hospital for 4 days. After I was released from the hospital, I was on an IV anti-biotic for two weeks. All cleared after that. All told, just under 3 weeks in my case.

During the 4 days I was in the hospital, I would wake up in the middle of the night and my entire bed was soaked from sweat. I was as if someone dumped a bucket of water on me. Gross, I know, but it was bizarre.
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Glad you guys made it through - my Mom had diabetes and frequent MRSA infections got harder and harder then finally got her along with Sepsis and resulting organ failure. Nasty stuff. Stay out of the hospitals as much as you can! One of my younger friends also has repeated MRSA infections and can't really explain it...
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I too have had the night sweats for the past 2 nights. The docs aren't 100% sure if it is a staph infection or what exactly it is but it definitely sucks. I've been tired and drained for 3 days now.
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the sweats can be associated with many systemic infections. You do not say what area of the country that you are in. Make sure they check for Lyme Disease.
Feeling tied, achy and the sweats fits for that as well
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Ohreely is spot on. Staph infections vary greatly in severity and duration, but the "bad one" is MRSA.

I've had MRSA 3 times in a year, that was 5 years ago. First time it cleared up with antibiotics, second time, I was in the hospital for 4 days, and the third time, I got prescribed a regimen of antibiotics (over $1000 for a bottle of 20 pills), had to take "antibiotic baths" 2-3 times a day, and had to use a q-tip to apply antibiotic cream to my nostrils 2-3 times a day - ever since, I've been MRSA free.

I did have a "staph" infection about a year ago, went to the doc, got on the antibiotics, and within 3 days, I was pretty much good to go.
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Back in the 90's I contracted a staph infection after a surgery where I had external fixation (pins & rods) under a cast. Initially they tried treating it with strong oral antibiotics (cipro if memory serves me correctly) and injections. When that did not work I had to go back under the knife for a total of 3 additional surgeries. I spent 14 more days in the hospital. Twice daily during my 14 day stay, I had to endure whirpool treatments, afterwhich they packed the incisions, then of course they unpacked the incisions for the next whirpool treatment. Basically, the incisions had to heal from the inside out (no stitches). After the hospital stay, they installed a PIC line and I had to return to hospital every day for 30 days to get an antibiotic treatment. In the end I beat the infection, however I lost some range of motion in my hand and wrist and I have some nasty scars.
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I wrestled in high school and had numerous staph infections(hands, elbows, knees) and they can be difficult to get rid of and can do some damage if you don't take them seriously. Good info already presented so I will just say, take it seriously and be pretty aggressive.
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