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Started by RosieKV
Posted: January 8, 2009 at 16:25
My daughter (20) got CA-MRSA 15months ago - probably from gym or swimming pool. It was on her chin and initially treated as impetigo. The MRSA diagnosis was not given until she left the hospital.

Since then it keeps recurring. She has had abscesses on her stomach, on the back of her neck, under her arms and this week, one on her breast.

The MRSA showed in tests to be treatable with Clindomycin. The Drs also mentioned that it was an ununsual strain, usually found in the army.

Despite swabs of skin/nares being negative, she has decolonized once and they want her to do that again after this 7 day course of Clindomycin.

It is obviously distressing for her to deal with this as she is away at uni. The infections make her tired and the abscesses are disgusting for anyone - especially a young girl.

I have a few questions:
- is there a blood test for MRSA?
- can they test her blood after the antibiotics to see if she is clear?

The doctors seem to think she is carrying this on her skin, but if so, how do these outbreaks occur in places where there is no break in the skin?

I'm a very worried mum!

Reply #1 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 9, 2009 at 22:41
whereabouts are you RosieKV, i take it to be your are not in the UK ?
Reply #2 by RosieKV
Posted: January 9, 2009 at 23:04
Yes - we are in the UK!
Reply #3 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 9, 2009 at 23:47
Dear RosieKV , i know there is a concern in the U.S military of CA-MRSA, puzzles me how your daughter got this strain ? has your daughter been abroad recently ? i know it was in the media about a very young Royal Marine who was infected with the PVL strain in Devon in 2005, it is starting to get scary here in the UK . your question about blood tests, i think if it was in her bloodstream she would be very very ill indeed & very much in hospital if that was the case . i will give you a few groups you can email regarding more information on helping you & your daughter best wishes .
Reply #4 by RosieKV
Posted: January 10, 2009 at 06:24
Thanks for your reply. The Dr currently treating her did mention PVL (not to her - but to his dictaphone!). They tested her blood last time to see how her immmunity was and it was fine. I read about the PVL in Devon and it is indeed very scary.

She is at Uni in Portsmouth, so it is possible that the pool/gym contamination could have originated from someone in the navy. My daughter had spent time in Japan fom April-June 2007, but as she did not get ill with her first outbreak until October, I did not think this was connected.

I get the feeling that the Drs don't reallly know much.
Reply #5 by linda mccafferty
Posted: January 10, 2009 at 22:59
Dear RosieKV ,it's not that the doctors dont know much...... it's just that they dont tell you much im afraid . i would ask what strain does your daughter have ! in japan PVL has been reported, there is quite a few strains . the doctors dont like you asking about "the strains" but id be persistent on getting an answer if i was your daughter . there is a possibility of getting infected in the gym in Portsmouth, the risk is more than the swimming pool .im very interested how your daughter get's on please do come on & keep me updated .
Reply #6 by RosieKV
Posted: January 10, 2009 at 23:35
Hi Linda, My daughter has to go back on Monday, so I will get her to mention to the Dr about Japan - and to ask about the strain. If the Dr does not tell her, she has the telephone number of an infection nurse at the hospital that gave her the diagnosis, so I will get her to call them and ask.
Thanks for your support. Rosie
Reply #7 by linda mccaffertyb
Posted: January 11, 2009
To tell you the truth i found the infection control at the hospital far better on answering questions than the doctors/consultants for some reason .
Reply #8 by information
Posted: January 11, 2009 at 12:22
if it is CA-MRSA and an unusual strain then the HPA unit in that area should be able to provide some help and information
Reply #9 by ruth Duryea
Posted: January 11, 2009 at 16:09
Magnesium supplement helped me. Staph grows well when magnesium levels are low.
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