I had MRSA in the past. It is type of staph infection, and yes, it can be contagious. It can be very dangerous.
I got it from friendly feral cat that jumps on me to get away from dog. It tores through my pants and into my skin on my calf.
MRSA be need to be tested to see what variant or form it is so they'll know what antibiotics to give.
Also the area of skin with MRSA need to be covered with sterile dressing so it don't come in contact with other part of your body and spreads. At least, that's how it was for me in the past. My MRSA ate away top layer of my skin the size of my hand-about 4x3 inches overall.
Hopeful yours isn't severe type of MRSA, and can be treated readily with proper antibiotics.
I leant from a lot about MRSA from a friend who is a hospital pharmacist.
They swab yor skin before certain operations (in good hospitals!) to check if it is colonised with MRSA, because if it is, then making incisions will lead to MRSA as a postoperative complication.
She told me having MRSA on your skin is very common, I think she said ten percent of the population. It becomse MRSA infection as the others have described it when it manages to enter in a break in the skin.
You can get it off your skin before this arises by putting a quarter of a cupful of bleach in your bath water for 5 days running. (This is less chloriney than a swimming pool, so you don't have to worry about accidentally beaching your hair).
Once it has become a complicated infection it is very dangerous and can be fatal.
My fiancé has MRSA, he got it from a spider bite after being quarantined in the hospital for several month 2 years ago, they thought it was gone but he got an attack a few months ago and it started going to his kidney. He was in the hospital several months this time and when he left they told him he will be on antibiotics the rest of his life and needed monthly blood tests. He works for Homeland Security so I don't know if they are being overly careful because they are the govt but I do know it can be dangerous.
Sorry to hear about your fiance's MRSA. That is intense!
So he can have abx the rest of his life to keep an infection at bay, but us Lymies can't because it's "too dangerous"?? I think the only reason they don't give us a choice is because Lyme isn't contagious.
My fiancée works high up in homeland security and so after thinking it went away, the put him in the hospital after throwing up and it was all in his gut and started up his kidney so they brought in a MRSA specialist at Walter Reed Hospital and I feel he is in good hands, now if he sneezes, he is at the hospital checking it all out because it is dangerous...just add that to my ever growing list of things to worry about, lol.
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