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Incubation Period
Started by Tony Kitchen
Posted: August 5, 2004 at 21:02
Can anyone tell me "how long from the introduction of MRSA into the blood stream, to strong symptons and illness manifesting itself"?
Many thanks
Reply #1 by b.lack
Posted: August 6, 2004 at 02:54
there is a difference between mrsa colonisation and infection.if you get told you have mrsa, you are often colonised with no symptoms. if you have mrsa in the 'blood', the level of symptoms can vary widely. A bloodstream infection or sepsis is likely to immediately cause temperatures, shaking and all the usual symptoms of a fever. it is however, likely to also cause localised inflammation, boils or the like at the site of infection, i.e, a cut. if the amount of mrsa microbes that enter the blood are small, it does not necessarily cause an infection and the body may well be able to cope with it without producing any Symptoms. If you suspect or have been told that you definitely have mrsa in the blood, you should be treated with antibiotics ( there are still some available to treat this.) If you are suffering no symptoms, it sounds as if your body has already dealt with the potential infection. You should also be treated with antibiotics if you have mrsa in your sputum as this can obviously affect the lungs. i hope this helps.
Many thanks
Reply #2 by Tony Kitchen
Posted: August 13, 2004 at 13:30
This is just to thank B.Lack. The information you have supplied me with is very good. I contracted MRSA whilst in hospital - only had a broken leg. It resulted in a below knee amputation. I beleave the MRSA blocked my naturel healing process. I had muscle grafts, that did'nt take, resulting in a large open wound. The wound was infected and would not heal. Although I have now come to terms with my BKA, I still wonder if the amputation was not required if I had not aquired MRSA.
Reply #3 by Claude
Posted: September 17, 2004 at 16:03
Thank you for B. Lack for her information. But how long does MRSA take to get to the bloodstream? thankyou for your answer. Claude
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Reply #4 by Pam Grimm
Posted: April 10, 2005 at 02:50
We are so frustrated with the medical system! Bill's mother Betty contracted MRSA in the nursing home, and didn't inform us. It led to an amputation of first her toe, then her leg. She now has a painful sore on the foot she has left. They told us she is MRSA free, but we are afraid that she still has it. How does this work? Does an amputation cut off the colonisation, or is it in the bloodstream? And doesn't the hospital/doctors owe us the truth on what is going on? We alway kiss her goodbye, is this a risk for us???
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Reply #5 by gigi
Posted: April 15, 2005 at 16:39
my mother, in her late 60s, contacted a MRSA during knee replacement surgery in 1/04. 2004 was a long and trying year with lots of antibotics and surgeries, to include an antibotic cement spacer placed in her knee which kept her in a wheel chair for 4 months. when the cement spacer was replaced with another knee, days later the ugly MRSA showed itself. it must have been hiding. now the doctors have advised that she will have to live her life on antibotics and if they cannot control the MRSA -possible ambutation or taking the knee out and leaving it out. i just dont feel these are options. my mother is very active and has a long life ahead of her. does anyone know of new treatments that may help rid her of the MRSA in her artifical knee? we are willing to travel if necessary.
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Reply #6 by Laura
Posted: April 25, 2005 at 11:16
Does anyone know what symptoms and signs occur on each day you have contracted MRSA. eg day 1 - fever Iam doing an assignment on MRSA so any extra information would really be helpful. Thanks very much for your time Love Laura xxxx
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Reply #7 by Regina
Posted: February 5, 2006 at 01:08
My husband contracted MRSA in the hospital while having a mass in the pelvis (iliac crest)diagnosed. He has had numerous debreedments, treated with many antibiotics, IV and oral including Vanco, Cipro and Zyvox. This has been going on for about 7-8 months now. He is only 35 years old and is so very ill. The infection spread to the bone, (osteomyelitis), and has had bone removed. It is surgery after surgery. We wonder when and if he will beat this. The doctors either don't want to get involved or are too laxidasical. We need answers and it sounds like you do too. I spend time online looking for treatments. I am not a doctor but I seem to be learning way too much and the knowledge has not been helpful. We tried the healing from the inside out with packing dressings, more surgeries, wound vac, it's endless. The last escapade was debreedment with plastic surgery to close wound. That was just over two weeks ago. Ten days after, he needed another debreedment of infected surgical drain. It never ends. If anyone knows of doctors interested or that specialize in these infections with results, please contact us. My 3 yr old daughter cannot wait until daddy can pick her up again.
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Reply #8 by Katie
Posted: February 14, 2006 at 23:01
My 73 yr old mother contracter MRSA while in the hospital on July 10 for a kidney infection. After three days on rosephin she was on her death bed. The Dr. was doing nothing for her. I know she isn't young, but you would never guess her for 73. She was never ill and still working full time as a dental hygiene. The Dr. would not run a blood culture, as he thought nothing would show up due to the rosephin. However we had her moved (wednesday) to a hospital in Kalamazoo Mi by ambulance 4 days after she was admitted to our local hospital in Battle Creek Mi. We were still using the same dr. but a nerosurgeon ordered a blood culture on friday that came back positive for MRSA. The infection settled in her bones, with absesses in her upper and lower spine. It was than that we swithced her DR. and used the hospitalist at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo Mi. She did have one sugery but that was to remove an enflamed ovary and enlarged lyphnode in her groin. It was touch and go for several weeks. Mid August she was released on Iv antibiotics for home. They used Cubisyn (not sure I spelled that right) and she was on oral vioxx. Vancomyicyn did not even touch this awful infection. The pain was bad for quite sometime, but now shes much better and gaining more and more strength daily. She is driving, shopping, and spending time with her seven children and thirteen Grandchildren. I give all the glory to God, but he worked through the Dr's at Borgess hospital in Kalamazoo Mi. The Kalamazoo is Grinfeld the Ifectios disease Dr. is Flynn and the surgeon is O'brien. I hope this helps. God bless
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Reply #9 by Lois
Posted: February 17, 2006 at 01:05
I myself would love some answers to this .If someone gets mrsa from their catheter , can it be tested in the urine? What are the symptons of MRSA?
mrsa and c-section
Reply #10 by amber
Posted: February 17, 2006 at 20:12
Hi im about to go in for a c-section, I was dianosed(sp) with MRSA about a year ago, they drained the golf ball(lol) and packed it, no antibioctics given, just told me to tale 1/2 " of gauze out a day, and it would heal on own. Well it appeared again 5 months later, same thing, drained, and gauzed, sent home. Anyone out there know if im at risk while undergoing this c-section???Im really worried.My dr. says no concerns..but im concerned.HELP APPRECIATED.Thanks
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Reply #11 by lynne
Posted: February 23, 2006 at 17:31
my dad contracted mrsa last year after a toe amputation and was treated sucessfully-however nobody did a nasal swab to see if he was still a carrier-antibiotics can cure the infection but the person can still carry the infection in the nasal membranes-a topical treatment is needed to get rid of it.He was either carrying it since july or contracted it again and was very ill-he now needs a below knee amputation as it is in the bone and antibiotics arent working.I feel the nhs dont take infection control seriously enough-last year tea ladies went from ward to ward without washing their hands!Everyone thats had it and is better should ask their doctor for a nasal swab to make sure they are not still colonised.hope your c-section goes ok amber-let us know!
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Reply #12 by JIM WOLFE
Posted: February 26, 2006 at 14:40
In response to Katie, #8: Hi,
I really appreciate the info about the Cubisyn and the advice about getting a nose swab after she appears O.K. My wife has had an experience similar to your mother's. She is on her fourth trip to the hospital where she had an arterial bypass in her rt. leg, and the groin wound got infected twice. It never would have healed without the wound-vac and every exotic anti-biotic on the market. Incidently, the wound -vac by Kinetic Concepts Incorporated (KCI) is, I suppose, the latest wonder in preventing infection and promoting healing of large open wounds by keeping them dry and completely unexposed. It's very well engineered and there are different models which are easy to use. My wife will be sent home with the small portable model (about 8" by 11" by 4" thick).The problem we're having is keeping her on the IV from home, so I was interested in your comment about going her being "released on Iv antibiotics for home." So far, we haven't found any way to do that without outpatient care at a medical facility, every day, so we would love to know how your mother did it.
We live in San Diego, CA and I'm sure rules are different here than in MI. But if it can be done there, it should be possible here.
My wife was diagnosed with MRSA about 30-days after her surgery and from what I've read, she was probably infected in ICU on the day of the surgery. So that would indicate a 30-day incubation period, or less.
MANY THANKS, LYNN for the advice about the nasal swab. (If I'd only known to do that a year ago!) Maybe with the knowledge gleaned from peole like you, she'll be healthy and happy, again.
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Reply #13 by Jim Wolfe
Posted: February 26, 2006 at 14:49
CORRECTION: I first attributed Lynn's advice to Katie.Sorry.
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Reply #14 by Shelley
Posted: February 26, 2006 at 23:19
Hi there, I am a student nurse requiring some information about why patients should bathe in aquasept 2% triclosan for 5 days? Also, the same goes for nasal bactroban (mupirocin 2%) which should be applied for 5 days. Is there any evidence out there to suggest why it's 5 days and not 10 for instance? Also it would be interesting to know if anyone has done this procedure and did it work?
Thank you very much, Shelley :)
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Reply #15 by Peter
Posted: February 28, 2006 at 12:30
The reason we don't treat for 10 days is due to the possibility of resistance to mupirocin. Why treat anybody longer than necassary? After 5 days treatment the patient is left for 2 days before swabbing to check for colonisation. If these swabs come back positive the treatment is started again until the all clear is given.
The initial post on here asked about the incubation period for MRSA. I did post a reply on here before but it got removed. The sysmptoms and the incubation period of the MRSA bacteria is exactly the same as "normal" Staff A. The only differnce is that MRSA is not as suseptable to certain antibiotics as "normal" Staff A. It seems that people think this is a new bacteria with different symptoms etc. It simply is not the case, it is the same old Staff A bacteria, we have been fighting since surgery began, that have learnt to survive the attack of certain antibiotics. I know from persoanl experince how devestating MRSA can be with the death of a family member but I feel it important to make this point. I hope this is helpful and also hope this post does not get removed again.
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Reply #16 by Donna
Posted: March 7, 2006 at 11:02
My dad was in a Sydney hospital for one week with an open wound on his forehead. At the end of the week he was given a full blood count and blood culure before moving to a better hospital. This blood culture showed that he had MRSA on day 8 of his hospitalisation. Can anyone tell me, is it possible that he contracted MRSA and it showed up in his blood within an 8 day period?
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Reply #17 by Paul
Posted: March 14, 2006 at 20:18
My dad was admitted into hospital last May with a diabetes related ulcer on his foot, earlier this year (jan) he was admitted again with another diabetes related illness and lo and behold they have diagnosed him with MRSA being in his blood. As a result he is incredibly poorly and doctors say his chances are not good. Just wondering whether the incubation period may be as long as six/seven months.
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Reply #18 by Peter
Posted: March 16, 2006 at 15:42
Hi please try this web site I found it very useful.
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Reply #19 by Laura
Posted: March 18, 2006 at 17:00

Hi.You are able to test for MRSA in your urine if its from a catheter or not
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