There are eight other plagues I would prefer before boils.
December 29, 2010 11:37 AM Subscribe
Is there any way to help stop recurrences of MRSA infections? You are not my doctor, and a few unpleasant details inside.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm on what is likely my second MRSA infection this year. It is probably the community acquired variant. Last time it was killed off by Bactrim. First infection was a groin abscess which was entirely painful, was drained and had to be repacked six times. This time, I have what is likely a small abscess on my lip. It's swollen to all hell and has been draining pus. This started by a zit in the corner of my mouth that wouldn't heal due to it being at the corner of my mouth. That small opening led to staph getting in there, within two days my lips has doubled in size.
I have already been to a doctor in the last 24 hours, cultures were taken, and I am back on Bactrim, mupirocin oinment and ibuprofen. My doctor didn't have a whole lot to say on preventing more abscesses or skin infections from happening again. For my special snowflake case, let's assume I am a 27 year old male, on the edge of obese, with no other ongoing illness, and not on any regular medication.
My question for those who have had MRSA in the past: What did you do to stop getting recurrent infections? Hygiene changes, medication, weight loss, human/animal sacrifice? This being the second one of these I've dealt with this year, I would like to go through 2011 with exactly zero more. MRSAfites: what did you do to make sure you didn't get the next infection?