hi, my distant relative was told to have copd...and was admitted 4 months ago due to trouble breathing. after another 4 months, again was hospitalized. apparently his blood was examined and the results were positive for mrsa? how did he got that? is it because of the inhaler medications he's been using for some time..or he got it from the air. my friend told me that it was a staph infection...but isnt staph affects the skin only?///
Unfortunately, staph can infect just about any body part or fluids...blood included. What might have caused MRSA to get into the blood is spread of infection from let's say, the lungs and into the blood. Your relative might have picked up MRSA initially from his first hospital stay or other contact that had MRSA. Then perhaps he got a lung infection which made the MRSA spread and cause infection. BTW, Many people colonize MRSA on their skin (meaning that it is present but not causing infection)
I don't think that the inhalers caused his MRSA problems, MRSA also isn't airborn..it is spread from contact with the organism.
I am not a doctor, so please take what I say with a grain of salt....I am most certainly no expert in this. I did however experience sepsis with staph in my blood once. I had an infection in my lungs that made its way into the lung (just like the example I provided above)
Hope this helps..Sunny
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.