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mrsa in the throat
Started by fran parry
Posted: April 11, 2005 at 20:51
my husband has mrsa in the lungs he is in the late stages of c.o.a.d. he is very weak we have been told today a test has shown mrsa in the throat we have been told that it is thought that the sputem was contamiated from the throat can anyone help i cannot seem to get any more information
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Reply #1 by Terry White
Posted: April 12, 2005 at 05:22
I would suggest you make contact with these people

I don't want to get your hopes up, but from what I saw of the equipment at the weekend, I would imagine a course of inhaling this stuff would kill the MRSA dead in its tracks with no side effects.


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Posted: May 1, 2005 at 12:02
My Husband has also been diagnosed with M.R.S.A. in the throat. I have simply been told that there is no treatment and I am watching him day by day going downhill. He now appears to be having difficulty in swallowing and is just fading away before my eyes. Have you come across any helpful information as to treatment?
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Reply #3 by Rose Willett
Posted: March 14, 2007 at 09:24
My father went into hospital in Dec06 suffering from chest pain. While he was in hopspital he developed a severe chest infection. He was given antibiotics, 2 courses in fact and now he has just been given a course on Penicillan. He has been very unwell and cannot get rid of this chest infection, strruggling to breath sometimes, which is causing panic attacks. Could this be MRSA
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Reply #4 by steph
Posted: March 16, 2007
We can carry MRSA in the throat without a problem. When we screen the body for MRSA we look in the throat, nose and groin as it most commonly carried at these sites.

If a patient has a severe chest infection, ideally a sputum sample should be sent to the lab. With a bacterial infection it usually looks green or sometimes bloody.

When we cough up sputum we contaminate it with bacteria in the throat, so you could have MRSA in the throat and not in the sputum, but the lab will grow MRSA which isn't causing the chest infection.

Ask to see a copy of his sputum result. This will tell you what antibiotics can be used.

I'd check the dosage of the antibiotics. i recently had tonsilitis for 5 weeks. When i saw my consultant at work (i work in the microbiology lab) and told him he said the dose was that for a child. No wonder i kept getting the infection back. If you are worried, ask the medical team looking after him that you want the 'microbiology doctors' to review his antibiotics. They can either see him on the ward, or give advice over the phone to the ward doctors.
Hope this helps
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Reply #5 by Anthony
Posted: April 5, 2007 at 16:52
My 83 year old father has been in hospital for various ailments since February. He has had a bout of pneunomia -which seemed to have been cleared-up. However, we have now been told that MRSA has been found in his sputem. Is there a way to discover if he has recently been infected or hosted the MRSA for some time?
mrsa in my dads throat
Reply #6 by irene scullion
Posted: February 15, 2008 at 17:08
my dad has been in a locked in state situation since he too a massive stroke 1 month ago we noticed last night that he had deep severe lacerations to the bak of both his ears which was caised by the green elastic holding his oxegen mask on now we were totally disgusted as to the severity of his wounds as the wounds where beginning to scab over the elastic bands , they have been saying that his temp has been going up and down everyday for a fortnight .now we,er told he has MRSA in the throat could this be the result of neglecting these wounds
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Reply #7 by Callie
Posted: February 15, 2008 at 23:49
Have the wounds on his ears been swabbed to see if they are infected?

If there is no MRSA in the ear wounds then they are totally unconnected to his MRSA in the throat.

My MRSA experience
Reply #8 by BL
Posted: June 5, 2008 at 08:24
I had a 'pimple' on my upper thigh at the end of March and popped it. Within a week it turned hard and black and I ran a 103 degree fever and went to the ER where they numbed the area with lidocane and cut out most of the infection within. A swab was taken to culture, and I was admitted and needed surgery the next morning to remove the rest of the infection, which went down to the muscle in my thigh. I was diagnosed within 48 hours I had MRSA in my blood as well as at the infection site. I was on Vancomycia via IV round the clock in the hospital for 13 days, then for 14 additional days at the hospital as an out patient. I am now 2-1/2 months past my MRSA infection and surgery and have yet to get my strength back. Tonight I have a sore throat and I'm feeling pretty lousy. My temperature is only 96 degrees, so I'm calling my doctor in the morning. Hopefully I only have a cold and not a re-emergence of MRSA. It's one nasty-assed bug and I thought/hope I have it beat.... Wish me luck! ~ BL
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Reply #9 by JH
Posted: August 10, 2011 at 18:27

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Reply #10 by linda mccafferty
Posted: August 15, 2011 at 01:38
JH , did the doctor tell you if it was colonised or infection ? the two are very diffrent .
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Reply #11 by wally
Posted: March 21, 2012 at 05:38
If you have MRSA, ask your doctor about getting put on sulfatrim.
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Reply #12 by BK
Posted: August 3, 2012 at 23:21
After several false tries at diagnosing my husbands extreme sore throat by a PA, an NP and an MD, we finally got a doctor to culture his throat. The result showed MRSA....heavy growth. He was prescribed Bactrim. Now, after all the wrong medications and 1 dose of Bactrim, he has diarrhea. Will he have MRSA in his stool also? Do we need to get a stool culture? We read the lab report and it didn't mention colonization or infection. It was a 48 hour culture. Was this test definitive enough?
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Reply #13 by susan
Posted: September 22, 2012 at 14:48
I am 43 and just went to the dr with wat I thought was tonsillitis. well I have tonsillitis alright along with MRSA of the throat. I am immune suppressed due to lack of a spleen and am freaking out becuz I have kids at home that also had to have their spleen out due to a hereditary disorder. Wish there were more on wat someone should do?
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Reply #14 by Jacki
Posted: January 29, 2013 at 14:32
I had a small op on my throat to remove a blocked saliva gland on Friday. All was well on Saturday then on Sunday I started to feel ill. My throat got more & more sore & the surrounding bones including my jaw became painful & stiff. I went to work on Monday & really struggled through the day. This morning (Tuesday) I went to the doctors. The wound site is extremelly infected, smells horrendous & the whole area around it is swollen & inflamed. I have been given antibiotics for post op infection. I can't eat except for soup & am living on painkillers. I am really worried about it being MRSA. I had no test on admission & having read that the MRSA bug can live in the throat or nostrils it is quite likely that it could have infected the wound. What should I do?
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Reply #15 by H
Posted: March 1, 2013 at 21:08
I have just found out I have mrsa I was in hospital about 2years ago for a gastric
her ire repair then back in again within a year with celulitise and strep c could I
have got mrsa from the hospital
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Reply #16 by Melverine
Posted: April 26, 2013 at 02:29
My 84 year old Mom started out in the hospital Jan 19 with pneumonia
and was ready to go to rehab and low and behold, she got the pneumonia
back again and ended up on a ventilator and then a trache was put in
her throat. Finally discharged 51 days later and sent to an acute
hospital where they weaned her off the ventilator and she got MRSA in
her lungs. They gave her meds. She was discharged after 42 days and
she is now in a rehab facility that takes trache patients. Her sputum
was recently tested and they found MRSA in it and her throat and
started her on the meds just yesterday (5 days after the sputum was
taken to be tested). She went from one day talking to the next
totally lethargic and drooling and sleeping all the time. Is this
common with MRSA or is this place keeping my Mom on pain meds all the
time? I would appreciate any response.
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Reply #17 by Lisa
Posted: May 9, 2013 at 22:39
I had diverticulitis and a perforated colon which required surgery with a colostomy bag for two months. When I went in for the reversal surgery, I kept complaining of shortness of breath. It was brushed off for two months. Finally a c-scan revealed a blood clot to the right lung. I'm on Warfarine to treat it. My wound seemed to not heal and had drainage constantly. I was given Augmentin to treat infection finally after the wound vacuum failed to help. The ASSISTANT NOT THE DOCTOR said it should be sent for culture. Sure enough I got the call it was positive for MRSA. I am now on bactrim and experiencing terrible diarreah and mild headache. In the past I used to break out with celulitis and now I'm thinking that the redness/infection in my legs may have been MRSA all along. idk its a thought. Good luck everyone
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Reply #18 by Tony G
Posted: August 25, 2013 at 09:26
In Feb of this year I had a replacement heart valve which was carried
out by the best. In May I had an op to remove a tumor from my bladder. I
then started a six week course of treatment and am on my last week. I
was told on my fifth treatment that I had MRSA in the throat. The
hospital had known this for six weeks or more and had kept the knowledge
from me. I have been told that the MRSA is nothing to worry about and
they will be taking a further swob this week. I have been suffering from
diarrhea on and off since my heart opp, could there be any connection?
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Reply #19 by Kit
Posted: October 1, 2013 at 08:40
I diagnose mrsa in the throatand I visit my doctor every week to have swab test.
And Am having this now for 2 months and Am still positve. I used mouth dis
infectant for 1 month and now am started taking antibiotics for 10 days... Am just
only worried about my situation because Am very now that I cannot work
because Am waiting that I get 3 negatives result... But I don't have symptoms and
Am not sick...
I need some advice please. Thank you

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