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can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Started by scard about misdiagnosis
Posted: May 23, 2005 at 05:56
I had a tummy tuck in Dec, I got ascites from the wound not healing . the Plastic surgeon had to aspirate, but the cleansing technique he used was "lacking" shall we say ... I had a cyst on my ovary burst 3 weeks ago .. I hemorrhaged and almost died.
I have never had any female /ovary problems before..
I was referred to an oncologist who wants to do a complete hysterectomy..
since the ovary burst, I noticesd a sicky sweet discharge odor .. I told the Dr. about it .. she put me on flagyl for 1 week.. It went away in two days .. it is now 1 week after antibiotics finished, and the smell is back ..
I made the connection that although it is really strong now .. since the surgery in Dec I had a mild odor, but frequent baths kept it in check.. now the smell is terrible 2 hrs after a shower
also .. could I have it in my abdomen .. and not be running a fever or have elevated white blood cells? I am scheduled for the hyst.. right after this semester ends .. I am scared .. it may be unecessary if it is the bacteria?
how do I get tested for this?

Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #1 by Gino Francesco
Posted: May 24, 2005 at 17:58
Most bacteria have an individual odour which can be detected using gas chromatography.

If you are smelling a 'perculiar' odour this can only be due to bacteria on the skin surface. You say you had a tummy tuck, and I know from experience, that if you scratch the surface of skin, bacteria seem to congragate, and you can smell this yourself by running your finger along the scratch.

If I was in your shoes and was worried by this, I would try and speak with a specialist to sort the problem. I personally do not think you have too much to worry about apart from having a nast smell caused by bacteria which needs to be sorted.
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #2 by expert
Posted: May 24, 2005 at 18:57
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #3 by Stef
Posted: August 2, 2005 at 10:11
"Why clean your Gear"

???????????? uuuh helpful info indeed but totally has nothing to do with this topic. That expert must be a guy.

Heres some info you can actually use dear...I hope that helps!
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #4 by carol moran
Posted: October 24, 2013 at 02:00
my son is 34 yrs. old a has mrsa on his stomach and leg the stomach has been oozing and has a terrible odor is this the process of heeling
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #5 by Daniel Monagle
Posted: December 20, 2013 at 20:43
I have post surgical MRSA. It was a simple procedure gone wrong. The
MRSA also went to my left sinus and emitted a horrible smell like the
smell of death. Couldn't figure out where the stench was coming from at
first. One day I blew my nose and it was clear, just clear. I smelled it
on the kleenex and it smelled just as horrible. I'm 68.
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #6 by mrsa
Posted: August 18, 2015 at 22:13
Hello i'm on a lacrosse team and a team mate has mrsa which they
failed to mention until they cleaned themselves with a towel that i
had touched and didnt know about, i washed my hands, but went to the
bathroom and after an hour i noticed it was burning a little bit down
there and now i'm noticing a smell of odor almost like diaper rash do
es anyone know if that's how it would smell?
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #7 by Linda RN
Posted: December 11, 2015 at 05:40
The smell of different wounds can vary a lot. Then you add the bacteria
to the wound & you can have 2 smells mixed together. Necrotic wounds for
example can be quite foul smelling, if you add MRSA the wound will still
smell foul. Often, older wounds not caught early absolutely wreak.
Because the contents may be dead & rotting. I've seen MRSA with
seemingly no smell & other types of staph that were perfectly foul
So, I don't know if this answers anything, but there it is. Good luck to
you all. It's not easy to wonder if you have MRSA. I'm sorry to hear it.
Re: can anyone tell me the smell of MRSA?
Reply #8 by Claudia
Posted: November 10, 2017 at 16:36
I have recently been discharged from hospital because of having a very heavy fall
X-Ray showed split hairline fracture to my hip/groin no surgery needed but since
being home I notice foul smell coming out of my nose smells like dead rats! I
don't remember being swabbed on admission and discharged from hospital so I
rang my GP to ask if district nurse could come out (can't walk at present ) and do
a MRSA swab. The swabs were done 2 days ago but I have to wait a week for the
results as they have to be tested and cultured at the hospital . I have suffered with
Rhinitas/Sinusitas since 1997 but manage this with prescribed nasal sprays but
have never had this fouls smell in my nose before .

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