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Symptoms for MRSA - colonisation
Started by Michelle
Posted: July 21, 2006 at 19:37
Can anyone help me with information on MRSA symptoms. I suspect that I might have MRSA colonisation in my sinuses and I am again seeking help for sinus/nasal blockage from my GP and consultant, (other symptoms are dry skin, huge hair loss, weight loss, lethargy, feeling dehydrated, itchy eyes and head, small sores in scalp, itchy/waxy ears).

Last year I underwent nasal surgery which included sinus washout, nasal septum deviation and corterisation. The symptoms eased for a while but slowly returned. I have had variuos antibiotics which seem to slightly eleviate the symptoms but never actually cure the problem, which then builds up again. A sputum test early this year indicated 1)heavy growth of staph.aureus, 2) heavy growth of morexella catarrhalis, 3) heavy growth of haemophilus influenzae and 4) light growth of candida spp. Organism 2 Beta Lactamse positive, Organism 3 Beta lactamse negative.

Having read some of the articles on here I am becoming more and more convinced that i may have a contamination. I have voiced my concerns to my GP who has done what I think are routine tests...! (which are normal..!) and he has eventually re-referred me to the consultant who i am due to see shortly.

Am i worrying unnecessarily!!!! Please can anyone advise.


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Re: Symptoms for MRSA - colonisation
Reply #1 by Richard
Posted: July 26, 2006 at 12:38
MRSA has no specific symptoms. It's the same as any other infection but it can be more nasty (again, other germs can be nasty as well)
The golden standard diagnostic tool is culture which will grow MRSA ( not in your case obviously)
All the best

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Reply #2 by janice
Posted: July 28, 2006 at 05:49
Hi,I too have had staph aureus,since September,I contracted it during a sinus op.I have had 3 courses of doxycycline and 2 of fluxicillan its not responding and is now so severe it bleeds everyday.I think my condition is being made worse by the fact I have ankylosing spondylitis and am being treated with methotrexate(22.5mgs per week).I am awaiting the results of a second swab,can this progress to m.r.s.a.,or do I already have it? Also I am scheduled for a hip replacement in October,will they still do it?sorry for all the questions,any advice would be appreciated,thank-you
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Reply #3 by Gloria
Posted: July 28, 2006 at 11:54
MRSA has the same symptoms as Staff A as they are the same bacteria. MRSA is no more agressive or "nasty" but some antibiotics do not work.
Janice,
If your swab comes back MRSA positive you will be given erradication treatment. i.e. mupirocin nasal ointment and triclosan body wash. If then you have your hip replacement and you have been MRSA positive in the past you will be left until last on the operating list
Gloria
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Reply #4 by janice
Posted: July 28, 2006 at 12:33
Dear Gloria,thank you so much for replying,does this mean I can have nasal ointment instead of antibiotic I.V.? I hope so! I,m waiting for my G.P. to ring me at the moment.thanks,Jan.
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Reply #5 by janice
Posted: July 28, 2006 at 14:36
Swab has come back still showing staph aureus,G.P. has prescribed cephradine if this fails I have to be referred back to e.n.t.hope this helps.Jan.
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Reply #6 by barb
Posted: September 10, 2009 at 02:59
if diagnosed with mrsa last yr after hip replacement and now been diagnoseed with lower lumber stenosis have severe hip pain ..could it possibly be mrsa in new joint?
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Reply #7 by Susie
Posted: November 15, 2009 at 06:15
I have had MRSA in my sinuses and treated w/ almost a month of Bactrim and a Gentamicin nasal lavage. The never did follow-up cultures. Now I'm having shoulder surgery. The hospital informed me I need to come in for a culture. If it is positive, I will be given nasal Bactroban. They still plan to do the surgery Friday.

If this treatment doesn't work. What would be the next course of treatment? I'm getting freaked out.
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Reply #8 by linda mccafferty
Posted: November 15, 2009 at 16:35
Are you in the UK Susie ?
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Reply #9 by infectious disease pharmacist
Posted: March 6, 2011 at 01:21
for nasal mrsa, you will receive bactoban ointment to apply in both sinuses twice daily for 5 days. However due to the possibility you might have it in your blood stream, you should get some blood cultures to rule out. if blood cultures are positive you will get bactrim, cleocin or doxycycline or zyvox as outpatient but if admitted you will receive most likely vancomycin IV or zyvox IV. For those going for surgery, they will go ahead you just have to get vancomycin IV an hour before incision then continued after surgery
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Reply #10 by Brenda
Posted: November 18, 2011 at 23:53
Ater 2 years of sinus pain and pressure I finally had sinus surgery done. My doctor had never seen such inflamed sinus tracts--he removed them, several small infected bones and enlarged sinus passages. I too had MRSA. I had to use a NeilMed Sinus Rinse mixed with a salt water solution and a 1/4" portion of mupirocin ointment.
This was then shaken to mix well and then used to rinse each nostril out---3 times a day.I was also put on Keflix. A nasal culture showed no more MRSA. NeilMed can be found at drug stores. If you can't get good results from your doctor, get a second opinion. My first ENT said there wasn't anything the wrong with me. Good luck!!!!

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Reply #11 by Brenda
Posted: November 18, 2011 at 23:54
Ater 2 years of sinus pain and pressure I finally had sinus surgery done. My doctor had never seen such inflamed sinus tracts--he removed them, several small infected bones and enlarged sinus passages. I too had MRSA. I had to use a NeilMed Sinus Rinse mixed with a salt water solution and a 1/4" portion of mupirocin ointment.
This was then shaken to mix well and then used to rinse each nostril out---3 times a day.I was also put on Keflix. A nasal culture showed no more MRSA. NeilMed can be found at drug stores. If you can't get good results from your doctor, get a second opinion. My first ENT said there wasn't anything the wrong with me. Good luck!!!!

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Reply #12 by Miss Anne Taylor
Posted: November 19, 2011 at 09:35
I had a catheter changed last Friday and found to have mrsa positive
in three sites groin, nose and catheter site. I have just done 5 days
of treatment with bactroban and hibiscrub which finished today so
leave it now for two clear days so should be checked again on Tuesday
is that right? I am also on a course of Augmentin for Cellulitis in my
legs and have an ulcer but am a bit concerned cos I seem to be passing
a greeny discharge down below - should I be worried about this? After
1st swab if it is clear do I have to re-start treatment or is that
only if it is positive again - please let me know cos I have juat loat
my fiance and the funeral was yesterday through septicaemia, chronic
organ failure (toxic shock) and do not want it to happen to me....
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Reply #13 by linda mccafferty
Posted: November 27, 2011 at 17:09
Miss Anne Taylor , my sincere condolences at this sad time , is the ulcer on your legs ? the greeny discharge you state is not normal i would get back to your GP or practice nurse ASAP .
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Reply #14 by nancy
Posted: August 2, 2012 at 20:44
i never run a fever when I have a sinus infection and mrsa. It is very hard for me to know when I need to see my doctor. I did have headaches for several days at the same hours...2-6 each day. ODD for that time of day? This is the 2nd time for having mrsa that I know of.
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Reply #15 by Worried
Posted: August 17, 2012
Those were many of my first symptoms, too, Michelle.

As to greenish discharge, I was told green tends to indicate staph A. Don't delay seeking treatment.
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Reply #16 by Ethel
Posted: October 19, 2012
I had a long sinus infeciton & after two courses of antibiotics from
my GP, went to my ENT. The PA said she knew I had MRSA. Said all my
symtoms were typical. Put me on a strong one & it went away. Theis was
about a yr. ago.
Fast foward, said senario, five days of Augmentent, getting worse, Gp
put me on zpak & Predisone. It occurred to me tonight that the MRSA may be back. I have a long history of allergy/sinus problem, have taken lots of antibiotics in my life.
Several questions. Should I finish the zpak, before I go see my ENT?
Will this continue to come back once you've had it?
My neck has hurt real bad this time, any conneciton with this?
Thank You, Ethel
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Reply #17 by Ethel
Posted: October 19, 2012 at 01:00
I had a long sinus infeciton & after two courses of antibiotics from
my GP, went to my ENT. The PA said she knew I had MRSA. Said all my
symtoms were typical. Put me on a strong one & it went away. Theis was
about a yr. ago.
Fast foward, said senario, five days of Augmentent, getting worse, Gp
put me on zpak & Predisone. It occurred to me tonight that the MRSA may be back. I have a long history of allergy/sinus problem, have taken lots of antibiotics in my life.
Several questions. Should I finish the zpak, before I go see my ENT?
Will this continue to come back once you've had it?
My neck has hurt real bad this time, any conneciton with this?
Thank You, Ethel
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Reply #18 by Laura
Posted: August 10, 2013 at 21:27
Go to an infectious disease doctor and an Immunologist, not a GP. Have yourself checked for Primary Immune Deficiency. This is an underlying issue that can cause recurrent infections. If you have MRSA or Pseudomonas a Zpak is a total waste of time and money. Sinus infections that are serious-a Neilmed is not enough. Use a waterpik with a nasal attachment and a quart of saline. (one quart distilled water with 1 tsp. baking soda and one tsp. salt.)
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