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Old 08-11-2008, 09:45 AM   #1
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how long before you recover from a mrsa infection

how long before you recover from a mssa infection

 
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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

Depends on what you have infected. If it's a simple skin infection, it'll take a week or so, but if you have something more deep seated like endocarditis (heart valve infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection) it can take months.

 
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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

(that's of course assuming you get treated properly)

 
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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

I had MSSA - osteomyelitis 2 years ago while my ankle was fusing with an external fixator. I was on iv antibiotics for 8 weeks. My ID Dr said it would have been 6 weeks, but the infection will not go away if there is metal involved (the fixator).

 
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I'm currently on IV antibiotics after getting MRSA. Had a fractured calcaneous (heel) repaired with a plate and screws. 8 weeks post-op, I got MRSA. They went in and removed the plate and screws, and started a 6 week IV antibiotic program. Thank goodness I have a PICC line and am getting the IVs in the comfort of my own home.

 
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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

jmac, just out of curiosity, which medication are they giving you in the IV? Is it vancomycin?

 
Old 11-14-2008, 01:28 AM   #7
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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

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Depends on what you have infected. If it's a simple skin infection, it'll take a week or so, but if you have something more deep seated like endocarditis (heart valve infection) or osteomyelitis (bone infection) it can take months.

I have a bone infection. It is my big toe. I am on zosyn 30 minutes a day, 3times a day and vancomyon for 90 minutes twice a day. I have been on it a little more than 2 weeks. Do you how long it can be before you see results???

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Re: how long before you recover from a mssa infection

Again, if the drugs end up working, osteomyelitis can take up to 6 weeks before you start to see results. If the osteomyelitis was around for a while prior to being treated, sometimes treatment can last as long as 12 weeks!

 
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Again, if the drugs end up working, osteomyelitis can take up to 6 weeks before you start to see results. If the osteomyelitis was around for a while prior to being treated, sometimes treatment can last as long as 12 weeks!
So it may take up to 6 weeks before I see results. I am sort of relieved. I am seeing some results, but not much. Thanks.

 
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Hey I'm new on here but I just got my PICC in today. I start Vanc treatments tomorrow for 2 weeks but I'm going to make sure they take a culture and definitively ensure that I dont have an active infection before they take this line out cause I dont want to go through that again! Ouch! But ya, I have an infection in my ears, lobes, and a small rash down my neck with a little infection and swelling in my lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm not entirely sure that 2 weeks will be enough. All my friends that are nurses are saying I should be on it longer. Are there any side effects to Vanc?

 
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I've been on vanco a couple of times and suffered minimal side effects, or maybe I should say minimal reactions to the med.

For me they seemed to appear right after the first dose. The first time, I started to itch all over my body. I was in the hospital at the time, so I told the nurse right away. I had been told previously that this could be a sign of an allergic reaction and to notify someone immediately. I was a little scared. However, after a couple doses of benadryl I was fine. I bet you will receive your first dose either at a hosp or in a dr office, so they can see how you tolerate it.

The second time I started Vanco, I was in the hospital again. While receiving my first dose, I had a really hard time taking a deep breath. Again, I told the nurse right away, and they changed the dosage. Once they did that, I was fine. Also, I was a little nauseous the first day, but that went away and wasn't that big of a deal.

The most important advice I can give (even though you didn't ask for it ) is always administer your vanco at the same time of day. Vanco works best if you maintain a consistent level in your body. If you are incosistent in administering it, the drug may not be as effective.

Also, pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you have any of the reactions I mention above, call your dr's office. Don't be shy.

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Re: how long before you recover from a mrsa infection

Hi MissV, welcome to the boards.

I'm a little confused--what kind of infection do you have? Of your earlobes? Why are they giving you vancomycin? Is it because they think it's MRSA? There are some minor side-effects to vancomycin, the most common being "red man syndrome" which is a flushing of the facial skin which some people get when the drug is first infused. It's treated just by slowing down the infusion.

Also, the earlobe is a very unusual place to get an infection unless you have bad diabetes or you've had some sort of trauma there. If that's what you have, then disregard the next part, but perhaps the redness in ear is not infectious at all. When doctors determine an infection of skin or soft tissue, you do this based on the appearance of inflammation including redness, heat, swelling and tenderness. Usually, these signs of inflammation indicate an infection, but not always. Sometimes inflammation can be present in the absence of infection in which case antibiotics obviously won't work. Are you getting recurrent painful inflammation of your ears? Any other part of your body? If the antibiotics don't work, perhaps it's not an infection that you have, and maybe something like relapsing polychondritis.

 
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Hey I'm new on here but I just got my PICC in today. I start Vanc treatments tomorrow for 2 weeks but I'm going to make sure they take a culture and definitively ensure that I dont have an active infection before they take this line out cause I dont want to go through that again! Ouch! But ya, I have an infection in my ears, lobes, and a small rash down my neck with a little infection and swelling in my lymph nodes behind my ears. I'm not entirely sure that 2 weeks will be enough. All my friends that are nurses are saying I should be on it longer. Are there any side effects to Vanc?
My doctor had me on it for 6 weeks and at my 3 week check up changed it to 8 weeks, so it could change. I have a rash on my foot that just came up, but I don't know if it is from the Vanc treatment or not. Other than that, I have had no side effects.

 
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Thanks for all the info guys! I had my first treatment today and I did get extremely itchy! But ya, everything is going fine so far and it looks like I'll be done in only 14 days...which I really hope is true!

Oh, I didn't think to say it but I have stretched ears (guess I should say had because they are ruined now and look like normal ears ). By "stretched" I mean gauged like those in the clans in Africa. I've been stretching for 12 years and cleaned them EVERY day but somehow the staph got on my hands and transferred it to the cleaning lotion I used and then on to both ears. Since I was stretching bigger at the time my ears had little tears and the infection got in. I was originally diagnosed with Cellulitis (which doesn't make since b/c its not something you get bilaterally - both ears at once) but about a month later they finally figured out that they were wrong and it was a staph. They then had me on over 8 different antibiotics over about 3 weeks and nothing would work so they sent me to an infectious disease specialist and they said it was MRSA.

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Hi MissV, welcome to the boards.

I'm a little confused--what kind of infection do you have? Of your earlobes? Why are they giving you vancomycin? Is it because they think it's MRSA? There are some minor side-effects to vancomycin, the most common being "red man syndrome" which is a flushing of the facial skin which some people get when the drug is first infused. It's treated just by slowing down the infusion.

Also, the earlobe is a very unusual place to get an infection unless you have bad diabetes or you've had some sort of trauma there. If that's what you have, then disregard the next part, but perhaps the redness in ear is not infectious at all. When doctors determine an infection of skin or soft tissue, you do this based on the appearance of inflammation including redness, heat, swelling and tenderness. Usually, these signs of inflammation indicate an infection, but not always. Sometimes inflammation can be present in the absence of infection in which case antibiotics obviously won't work. Are you getting recurrent painful inflammation of your ears? Any other part of your body? If the antibiotics don't work, perhaps it's not an infection that you have, and maybe something like relapsing polychondritis.

 
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