It is very, very difficult for me to believe that when your doctor gave you a diagnosis of Vaginal MRSA, he/she did not give you every bit of information you deserved. They should have answered every one of your questions in great detail. Find yourself a new doctor is my first piece of advice.
MRSA is an acronym which stands for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus and is a type of staph infection. Staph is a common bacteria that can be found in thirty percent of the population normally. Your doctor can test you for this bacteria by doing a simple nasal swab. MRSA is staph that is resistant to conventional antibiotic treatment. It can occur anywhere on the body, including the vagina. Here's what you should know about MRSA vaginal infections:
The beginning symptoms of MRSA are blister-like bumps that start off looking like pimples and end up as deep abscesses requiring surgical draining. The abscesses can allow bacteria to reach the bloodstream which can be very dangerous. The infection can travel through the blood and infect the vital organs such as the heart and lungs. MRSA pneumonia is a serious complication of this virus which infects the lungs. The best thing you can do is catch the infection before it gets into the bloodstream.
This means looking for skin infections before they become abscessed. Check the vaginal area for strange bumps and if you find any, see your regular doctor and/or your gynecologist immediately. They can swab you for MRSA and if you are diagnosed with this infection you will be treated accordingly. As mentioned earlier, some abscesses require draining. Your doctor may prescribe a very powerful course of antibiotics like docycycline and/or vancomycin for MRSA. Although there are a few strains that are resistant to even these drugs, many cases of MRSA can be cleared up this way. For severe cases, antibiotics may be administered in the hospital via IV. This allows the medicine to go directly to the bloodstream where it will have a faster effect.
Preventing MRSA vaginal infections is a matter of practicing good hygiene and health habits. MRSA can be avoided by regular washing of the body with antibacterial soap. Don't ever use anyone else's towels, razors or other personal care items as MRSA can be spread this way. MRSA can be spread via sexual contact, but that is only one of many ways the disease spreads. MRSA is spread by contact with anything that has the MRSA bacteria on it.
You have a serious condition that needs treatment. If the doctor who diagnosed you is doing nothing, get a second opinion immediately or go to the ER. MRSA, if left untreated can be fatal.
For more information, call the Dept. of Health.
I wish you the very best and a speedy recovery
They only told me what it was called. They didn't go into detail at all. I have had a vaginal swab done twice, the first time they said that only a little bit showed up and so they did another and a lot showed up.
I am on a liquid medicine to be taken 4 times a day.
I have had it for at least 4-6 weeks. Is this long enough for it to get into my blood? I have been coughing and sneezing and so on for the last week or so and have felt really quite Ill. I don't understand how I got it as I am very clean. They said it is because I have been doing my gcses and am run down so if flared up.
They thought I just had bad thrush at first. And I have been constantly bleeding quite lightly for the last week or so.
Do I need to go to another doctor?
It couldn't hurt to go to another doctor to seek a second opinion and tell them you are concerned and have not had it explained properly. Having it doesn't mean you are unclean, just that you were very unlucky and maybe had some under your fingernail or something or used dirty toilet paper, or put undies on that weren't super clean.. a million differnet things.. Definately don't have sex until it's gone, and try to avoid masturbation just because it is very infectious. It can be in your system without flaring up in cysts or legions, so don't assume it's gone until tests come back negative. It may take a fair bit of medication to get rid of it, as it's very resistant to most medications.
This site has a pretty good description. http://www.ehow.com/about_5042666_vaginal-mrsa-symptoms.html Hope you get rid of it quickly! Good luck xo
Also, while you have it, wash your towels and underwear and sheets (if you sleep naked) regularly and with VERY hot water. My machine goes up to 90 degrees celcius. Washing your towels and underwear in warm or cool water will just risk you re-infecting yourself or others. If you have any other concerns about how to maintain your hygeine and stuff you're not sure about, personal message me if you like. I've become a hygeine Nazi when it comes to down there :P
Thank you (: I don't sleep naked and am not sexually active and I don't masturbate.
Thank you very much for your advice! I am taking primacine. Four times a day. Is that an effective medicine? Thanks very much for your help!
Yeah :) It's kinda like.. a new and improved penicillin.. that has a wider range of bacteria killing skills..
My girlfriend had surgery last april on her abdomen. She developed MRSA in the wound. My question is we are a gay couple, can she transmit MRSA to me via oral sex?